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"Ashlee Wins Star Search Preliminary 04"

Ashlee Vaca & Adrian Diamond
In a very close competition, 10-year-old Ashlee Vaca from Poughkeepsie, New York won tonight's Junior Singer preliminary round and will return for the Semi-Finals on Friday, March 14 at 8pm ET/PT. Ashlee was first to perform tonight, and won after her powerful rendition of "At Last". Performing second was 13-year-old Adrian Diamond, from Stevenson Ranch, California, singing "My Girl." The judges enjoyed both singers, but when their scores were tallied, Adrian was ahead by 1 star.

In one of those moves that make STAR SEARCH so unpredictable and exciting, the home audience reversed the judges decision, scoring Ashlee higher than Adrian. Ashlee Vaca won tonight's Junior Singer preliminary category, and will return for the Semi-Finals next Friday, March 14.

"City Home To Rising Star"

The Poughkeepsie Beat
By Jennifer Meiers For The Poughkeepsie Beat

Heart racing, palms sweating, head pounding—these are all understandable reactions for someone about to sing in front of 20,000 people. But when Ashlee Nikole began singing "At Last" during halftime at a New York Knicks game, she was not the nervous.

Ashlee is convinced that she does not get anxious when she sings for a crowd because she has been doing it for so long. Born in California, Ashlee has been singing for as long as she can remember. When she turned four she begged her parents for vocal lessons. Before she knew it, at five years old Ashlee was winning state vocal competitions, attracting the attention of an agent, and being encouraged to move to New York. At age 7, Ashlee and her family moved to New York to pursue her dream and they have been here ever since.

Ashlee has been a very busy girl these past years. Upon coming to New York she has been cast for national television commercials and print ads. She has also performed at numerous places such as Madison Square Garden, The Apollo, Star Search, Live in Hollywood and Planet Hollywood. Currently she Ashlee is working in the studio on new material and working hard on her piano and guitar skills.
Earlier this year, she was one of three finalists in the New York Knicks Kids' Talent Search to perform at Madison Square Garden. Ashlee also recently participated in an intense three-day audition for the new season of Star Search on CBS. This past week she found out that she was chosen from amongst 9,000 people to be a contestant. So in just a few weeks she will be off to Hollywood to perform.
While Ashlee started out singing Judy Garland songs, now during auditions her favorite song to use is Etta James' "At Last." However, when she is learning a song, Ashlee never listens to someone else singing it first. She uses the music to get the rhythm and then incorporates the soulful sounds of R&B into her style, like her favorite artists Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. "I try to do songs my own way—create my own version," said Ashlee.

- The Poughkeepsie Beat


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At the age of 16, Ashlee Nikole has all the makings of a true vocal talent. Ashlee's ambition, dedication and God given abilities are undeniable to everyone who hears her. Ashlee was born on 10/01/92, in Gilroy, C.A. and at the tender age of four, Ashlee's introduction to the entertainment business began by performing on stage in the hit musical play "Annie". Since that time she has had the privilege of performing at a number of acclaimed venues such as Madison Square Garden, The Apollo, Star Search, Live in Hollywood and Planet Hollywood.

Fans and critics have described Ashlee's voice as both powerful and enchanting. Her smooth and unique vocal delivery has been honed over years of diligent practice and a constant drive to be the best at what she does. Taking her inspiration from artists like Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, and Etta James this up and coming artist has set her sights on creating a career the will be marked with longevity and success. Already seeking to establish a track record of philanthropy and charity, Ashlee strives to help people who suffering from ravages of Cancer by performing at numerous events aimed at eliminating this tragic illness.

In her free time, Ashlee enjoys the life of typical 16 year old balancing activities like shopping and friends with her scholastic endeavors. Ashlee Nikole is a young lady you will have no choice but to hear, see, and most of all embrace. Because her voice commands it and her beautiful personality and charm warrants it. Ashlee Nikole.........she is truly a STAR