Ashley Roberts (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Ashley Allen Roberts (born September 14, 1981) is an American singer, dancer, showgirl, recording artist, model, actress, fashion designer and television personality, best known as a former member of the modern burlesque group the Pussycat Dolls. She left the Pussycat Dolls in 2010, to pursue a solo career and acting. She joined the judging panel of UK reality show Dancing On Ice for series eight in January 2013, alongside Robin Cousins, Karen Barber, and Jason Gardiner.
Roberts took part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2012, finishing as the runner-up, in one of the closest ever reality show finales where she received 49.44% against 50.56% of the final vote. She is currently working on her debut solo album.
Early life and career
Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Shadow Mountain High School. She began dancing at the age of three and singing at eight. Her father was a drummer who played for The Mamas & the Papas. He later became a car dealer. Her mother was a Pilates instructor and they both inspired her to be a part of the entertainment industry. Her hair was brunette during her teenage years, as shown in Aaron Carter's "Oh Aaron" and "Not Too Young, Not Too Old" music video.
During high school summer breaks she had traveled to California to study modern dance. After high school, she moved permanently to Los Angeles. She has appeared in television commercials and music videos such as Counting Crows "Accidentally in Love", Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up", Jane's Addiction's "True Nature", Aaron Carter's "Oh Aaron" and "Not Too Young, Not Too Old" and Pink's "Trouble". She has also appeared in the game show Rock and a Hard Place, hosted by Meatloaf, with fellow PCD members, Melody Thornton and Carmit Bachar.
Within six months of her move she had joined the Pussycat Dolls along with members Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt. She sang co-lead along with Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta in the "Stickwitu" single B-side, "Santa Baby". She also recorded a song called "Played" for the Doll Domination Deluxe Edition. As with the other group members she is a salaried employee of Interscope Records.
Shortly after Kimberly Wyatt announced her departure from the group, Roberts followed suit. On February 29, 2010, in a letter to her fans, she made the following announcement on her website:
Roberts appeared in other media for the first time in the music video of Counting Crows' song Accidentally in Love as the girl who escapes from her home and her boyfriend with a stuffed rabbit. Roberts made her film début as Brooke in the dance/drama/romance film Make It Happen alongside actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Riley Smith. Production lasted from August 8 to September 17, 2007, and the film was directed by Darren Grant and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The film premièred on August 8, 2008 in the U.K. to mixed but mainly positive reviews.
On her official blog, she stated that she would work on a number of different projects. She is working on her acting, and she will be a host on Maxim Does Spring Break on E!. She has also shot a pilot for MTV with Aubrey O'Day of Danity Kane, Marques Houston, and singer/songwriter Amanda Ghost. She appeared on 90210 in the episode of "Into the Wild" which aired on Monday 5 November she played a stripper teacher. Apart from her acting projects she has launched her first line of lingerie designed for the beach in Sydney, Australia.
2010-present: Debut solo album and reality television
She announced that she is in the studio and recording songs for her own music.
In 2010, Roberts released her first solo song, a cover of "A Summer Place". The song was released on iTunes on September 28. Roberts also made an appearance in ex-bandmate Kimberly Wyatt's music video for the single "Stars in Your Eyes". On June 14 2012, she made a cameo appearance in a Bobby Newberry's music video for his debut single "Dirrty Up", alongside ex-bandmate Melody Thornton. On October 10, 2012, Roberts released a preview of a cover version of Bobby Newberry's "All In A Day", which was produced By The Invaders. The full version was released at the end of October. On November 5, 2012, Roberts announced that her first official solo single would be called "Yesterday" and would be released that week.
On November 7, 2012, it was announced that Roberts would take part in the UK version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! on ITV. She placed runner-up in the series, after being beaten for the title of Queen of the Jungle by fellow campmate Charlie Brooks.
In January 2013, Roberts became an ice panel judge for the British celebrity skating show, Dancing on Ice on ITV, alongside Robin Cousins, Karen Barber and Jason Gardiner.
Too Be Announced
Doll Domination Deluxe Edition
"Theme from A Summer Place"
"All In A Day"
Non-album song - Cover song
"Accidentally in Love"
"Stars in Your Eyes"
Her Majesty & The Wolves
"2 DA LEFT"
"All In A Day"
She has also been working on her dance career, and teaching dance classes with choreographer Bobby Newberry.