PHOTOS: Margaret Leyva
WORDS: Parker Schug
Asia Monet Ray is a true example of someone who started chasing her dreams, the moment she could walk. At only twelve years-old, Asia is an accomplished dancer, actor, singer and songwriter, as well as a digital influencer. With roles on Grey’s Anatomy and the documentary series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, Asia inspires groups, well beyond her years. Recently, Asia also released her single “Come Along”, which has over one million views on YouTube, and she has performed on the same stage as Mariah Carey at the Beacon Theater in New York City. She has earned an enormous following on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Snapchat, where she spreads nothing but positivity.
I want to use my social media platform to make a difference
This past year, Asia has taken the music industry by storm. Her anthem, “Come Along”, proved to be a hit amongst all generations. Asia’s progressive mentality influenced her message in this single. With help from songwriter, Lauren Evans, Asia was hoping to write a song which inspired people to produce a difference, and make the world a better place. “I wanted Come Along to be a song that encourages other girls and boys of all ages to make a change and help out, big or small.”
Always aspire to be what you want to be
In Asia Monet’s exuberant music video for “Come Along”, fans are able to see her awe-inspiring dance moves on display. Asia incorporated choreography by Anthony Burrell, whom she has been working with for six years to give the song a more “danceable” feeling. She aspires to use dance as a way to express her emotion throughout the song. “I’ve been dancing since I was two years-old. Dancing is my life, and I think definitely, when I can incorporate my dancing into my acting or my singing, it brings out my mood.”