Ashley Hamel is an Indonesian American singer-songwriter, improv comedian, and wizard rockstar. She has played Harry Potter fan conferences, libraries, venues small and large, with a few international shows to boot. Her powerful vocals, engaging stage presence, and story-based (and sometimes hilarious) songwriting lend to Hamel's dynamic live show. A rising star in her local New England circuit, with a devoted following of nerds and art connoisseurs alike, Hamel is taking her sound to the global stage in 2018 with upcoming show dates in Southeast Asia.
That Virginia is a mix of strange feelings, warm weather wishes, and stomach butterflies. Virginia was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and she brings the tropical warmth of her nature to her performances, while often singing about the not so warm truth of emotions, humanity, and other oddities.
Virginia's songs often speak of emotions we avoid talking about, the urgency of experiencing life, and empowering thoughts. With influences like Brandi Carlile, Lady Lamb, Trevor Hall, and Ana Carolina, That Virginia brings to the table thought provoking and motivating lyrics, peculiar melodies, and a sprinkle of her Brazilian roots, while delivering a rich performance that hits softly in the audience's emotional gut, bringing tears, joy, happiness, and sorrow, quite often in one punch.
Although Virginia’s first instrument was the bass guitar, she has fallen in love with the guitar since her move from Brazil to the United States. Connected with her feelings, her art, and her audience, she now performs on guitar, with vocals that are both sweet and raw, controlled and emotional. At this point in her career, Virginia hopes to reach as many people as she can with her music, and to enjoy that special moment when that melody, or that lyric, could stir the audience’s soul.