Having auditioned as a solo artist for 2011’s The X Factor, Ashley John-Baptiste was placed in a boy band called The Risk. Going through to the live finals with The Risk, Ashley soon decided to leave the group with the aim of gaining clarity on his future.
Although a lot of people have learned of John-Baptiste’s un-doubtable talent through The X Factor; his musical background is much more far-reaching. Not just a singer; John-Baptiste is a credible producer, songwriter and pianist who engages audiences with his raw musical talent. Prior to The X Factor, John-Baptiste released a song on the 2010 ‘Hed Kandi’ (Ministry of Sound) autumn album.
Throughout 2012 John-Baptiste has been working with North London based producers, StarClef with the song, ‘Kids Of The City’ being the first fruits of their work. ‘Kids Of The City’ speaks of the ‘Urban Generation’ coming from inner cities, often labelled with negative stereotypes by government and media. In this song John-Baptiste is highlighting that good and positive people and things come from the city… “Shine our light in the city, bright lights in the city, live it up in the city, spread love in the city…” John-Baptiste is currently writing his debut album.
John-Baptiste will be returning to TV screens around the UK on 23rd July at 9:00pm 2012 for an exciting documentary with BBC Three on a subject close to his heart; Adoption and Fostering… ‘Care Home Kids’. John-Baptiste was put into Foster care at the age of 9 and was never adopted making the documentary even more meaningful.
Ashley John-Baptiste is currently recording his album and can be found leading worship at Hillsong London.