LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Contestant Ashley Kimbrae performs during CW's "The Next" Taping at The Orpheum Theatre on October 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Ashley Kimbrae


If you’re from the South, chances are you’re already a fan of Ashley Kimbrae, thanks in large part to her 2011 smash single “Drop 64,” which dominated airways in Louisiana and her native Texas. She was a contestant on CW’s The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep, where Kimbrae made it to the national semi-finals back in 2012. Now the songbird is making her move to the top; her freshman EP The Next Chapter dropped Spring 2013, led by the single “1st Time Around.” She's been crowned "Dallas' new First Lady of R&B” by critics and BET named her one of their Music Matters artists, meaning Kimbrae is one to watch — and enjoy.