Ashley Scott, a Philadelphia Soul Man
by Aliah Sheffield
Ashley Scott is a man who wears many hats: family man, musician, community leader, entrepreneur. A graduate of Howard University and the newly named Vice President of The Recording Academy’s Philadelphia chapter, Ashley lives his life with one foot in the past and the other just crossing the threshold of today. His family inspired him with an old-school record collection, and his Aunt Helen of The Three Degrees (you might know them from the Soul Train theme) taught him how to make a difference in the city’s historically rich music community.
In 2000, Scott started Philash (pronounced “Flash”) Entertainment Group. The company, which specializes in marketing, represents Will Downing, Chicago-based soul artist Kenya, and The Urban Guerilla Orchestra.
Giving back to the community is a big deal for Ashley. He mentors young people through a program called Icare Academy, which provides useful information about the Internet, culture, the arts, recreation, and entertainment, and each year holds an awards ceremony in honor of W.E. B. Dubois.
For Black Music Month, Ashley will be hosting a Soul Panel Discussion. Held every June for the past 11 years, the panel gives classic Soul and contemporary R&B artists a chance to share ideas about the preservation of black music.
The panel will include Ivan Barias, a Grammy-winning music producer and songwriter who has worked with Musiq Soulchild, Justin Timberlake, and Mary J. Blige; Kindred The Family Soul, a Philly-based Neo-Soul duo; Jean Carn (“Don't Let It Go To Your Head”); the aforementioned Aunt Helen Scott; and Dexter Wansel, renowned pianist and father of music producer “Pop” Wansel.
The Soul Panel Discussion will serve as a history lesson and a guide book for making it in today’s music industry. It’s an event you don't want to miss, and Ashley Scott is a man you need to get to know.