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2 June 2023

In the Utzon Room

Contemporary Music

One of the most exciting new voices on the Australian music scene, pop, soul and R&B artist Ashli makes her unmissable Vivid LIVE headline debut in the Utzon Room. 

Ashli is an uncompromising songwriter with the expert calibre of a trained vocalist.

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A stunning new star of pop, soul and R&B comes of age

With a gift for lush, melodic vocals wrapped around irresistibly slinky hooks, emerging singer-songwriter Ashli delivers sparkling, R&B-flavoured pop that captures the city in all of its love, lust and heartbreak. Fresh from her breakout performance at South by Southwest in Austin, the rising star is set to deliver her headlining debut performance at Vivid LIVE, playing one unmissable night in the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room.

Born in New Jersey, Ashli relocated to Western Sydney at age 11, where her musical talents – inspired by an eclectic love of Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen – continued to flourish, leading to a mentorship from Australian singer-songwriter Gretta Ray.

Dubbed “one of the most beautiful Australian hooks ever written” (Purple Sneakers), Ashli’s debut single “Only One” dropped to acclaim in 2022. The Only One EP, released in November, confirmed Ashli’s considerable range: from Latin-accented, Mariah-channeling R&B (“Lovesick”) to effervescent club grooves (“Dance Again”), the six tracks – built on vintage 808s, hi-hats and gleaming synth lines – shimmer with the singer’s gorgeous vocals and complex harmonies.

This is your chance to witness one of Australia’s most talented new artists – as she transforms into a star.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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