Ashley Hicklin was raised on open-mic nights in his parent’s bar on the North-East Coast of England, and first picked up the guitar, piano and drums in his early teens. After a few years of 'home' tape recordings, rocking-out in punk bands, and touring up and down the UK (in “the most orange camper van known to man”), he won the "Bright Young Things" award for the North of England.
The BBC invited him into their TV studios and the live video broadcast secured him a deal with Peter Ende, the CEO of EMI Publishing Europe. In less than a year after signing, Ashley had written his first No.1 single for Sweden's ‘Johan Palm’, Belgium’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest - "Me & My Guitar" (another No.1) and a host of other chart hits for major artists across Europe (working with the teams behind Skunk Anansie, James Morrison, Marit Larsen, Amy Winehouse, Sugababes, etc. - “basically a lot of cool cats”).
On his travels across Europe, he fell in love with Hamburg (his new home-town), and began to play several support and headline shows in Germany. He appeared at the Reeperbahn Festival, supported Ich + Ich on their Open Air Arena Tour and also toured with Sunrise Avenue, playing to audiences of up to 20,000 people per show.
In 2011 he began writing and recording an album in Stockholm with Swedish producer Peter Kvint, famous for working with Natasha Bedingfield, Britney Spears, etc... The early demos were heard by Arne Ghosh (manager of BOY) and Ralf Schroeter (manager of Philipp Poisel, Andreas Bourani) who signed and began working with Ashley on the new album, "Kissing The Queen". It's due for release in 2012 alongside support shows for Aura Dione.
Arne ghosh - arne(at)380grad.com
Ralf Schroeter - ralf.schroeter(at)sound-n-scripture.de