Ashley Monroe began singing at a young age - even winning a talent contest at age 11. But it would take a few more years before she brought her talent to Nashville.
Once she relocated to Music City, she landed a songwriting publishing deal that eventually led to a record deal with Sony Music. Her debut album Satisfied was ready to go, but her singles weren't charting as well as the label wanted, so they delayed and eventually pulled the plug altogether.
Monroe went on to release Satisfied to digital retailers in 2009 - following it up with her self-titled EP the same year. Her emotionally driven, pop-country sound caught the attention of Warner Bros. Nashville, who signed Monroe and released her sophomore album Like A Rose in 2013. Grand Ole Opry staple and legendary singer/songwriter Vince Gill produced it.
Her third album, The Blade, came out in 2015 and was nominated for Best Country Album at the Grammys. Three years later, after giving birth to her son, Monroe released her fourth album Sparrow in 2018. This time, Dave Cobb served as producer.
Besides her solo work, Monroe is a member of the supergroup Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. They released the albums Hell on Heels in 2011, Annie Up in 2013 and Interstate Gospel on 2018. The latter was nominated for Best Country Album at the Grammys.
In 2021, Monroe released her fourth album Rosegold.
The Pistol Annies shook things up when they burst onto the scene with their debut album Hell On Heels in 2011. To celebrate its 10-year "annieversary", we look back on the formation of the no-shit-taking trio, and the record's lasting effect on country music.