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Spotlight Interview

Guest Contributor:

Ashton Martin, Musical Artist & Songwriter



SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW


With his lyricism, deft arrangements, and pristine songwriting abilities—Ashton Martin puts a brand new shine on Hip-Hop. As "One of Florida's most diverse artists on the rise”, Ashton Martin, grew up around a variety of genres of music with a close family tie to Hip Hop, Gospel, and R&B- all of which have a great influence on his sound today. Since 2015, Ashton Martin has made a significant impact in the music industry while garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Voyage Magazine, Hip Hop Xclusives, WWE TV Network, and Rap Fiesta.


What are some ways that you promote mental health and wellness through your area of expertise?

As a rapper, I have observed that in our community, many people don't know how to properly express themselves. I use music as a healthy outlet for myself, but more importantly, I use it as a way to begin important and usually, uncomfortable conversations with my audiences. I mostly rap about past and present struggles and how I overcame those obstacles.



What event(s) have you lead, that promote mental health and wellness, that you would like for our Black Mental Wellness audience to know about?

I have an EP, Care Package, that was released on July 11, 2020. Care Package is a 6 track EP I wrote while battling depression and the chaos that was occurring in the world as a result of COVID-19 and the recent Black Lives Matter protests. I decided to give the world this “Care Package” and use it as a way to express the importance of mental health illnesses and the healthy ways to cope and heal. For this reason, I decided that instead of hiding this reality, I wanted to share my experiences in