My Gmail inbox is usually filled with headline stories by the New York Times and psychology research studies; however, one email stood out.
It was the same message sent to me by another person a few weeks back about a rising ukulele musician on Instagram: I instantly became curious.
Let’s be real — I’m not a fan of ukulele music, but the song list sent to my inbox was enough to warrant a Google search.
Based on my research, there isn’t a lot of background information on this musician, aside from her social media accounts and her official website. But here’s the run down.
Asia Anastasia, 23, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, is a self-taught recording artist who plays the ukulele, writes, directs, and even produces her music.
What’s also impressive is the fact that Anastasia does just about everything by herself, including her website design and music videos. Now that’s what you call passion.
“Asia’s inspiration comes from experiences, observations of life, thoughts, concepts, dreams and philosophies,” her site’s biography reads.
Interestingly enough, Anastasia learned to create music at an early age and is currently an independent artist releasing digital material through iTunes and music streaming services.
Although you may not have heard of her, make no mistake: she has utilized Instagram and Twitter to get her foot in the door and holds a steady fan base well into the thousands.
Her latest album, Daisy Dreamin, falls in the genre of ukulele and pop music. Her vocals sound like a mix of Aaliyah and Natalie La Rose (and she also sort of looks like them too).
In 2013, GuySpeed, a Men’s entertainment blog, named Anastasia as a “Celeb Crush,” earning her some exposure and free clicks to her music. However, that wasn’t the first time she appeared in front of a broad audience.
As part of a special guest appearance, WOOT-LP, a local television station in Tennessee, featured Anastasia performing an original with her black guitar.
Ever since, she has done live shows in a band with her nine other siblings, and most recently, decided to go solo releasing ukulele music.
Listening to music, especially relaxing sounds like the piano and ukulele, can enable the creative part of your brain, according to a University of Helsinki study.
Under functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), brain scans have shown that learning, attention span and memory are also affected by listening to music, a Stanford study concluded.
So the next time you got a big exam, jam those earphone buds in, turn up the volume and study the night away.