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Austintown singer has the Spirit



Published: Thu, April 18, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Ashley Marie Lewis of Austintown is a singer and soccer fan who is getting a synergy from the two.

The 26-year-old Fitch High graduate will sing the National Anthem at the Washington Spirit’s home opener Saturday evening. The pro team is part of the National Women’s Soccer League and plays at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.

Lewis got the Spirit slot in a totally unexpected way.

A soccer player herself, Lewis has been a fan of the team for a dozen years. While on the team’s Twitter page one night during a fan-interaction session, she got into a conversation with the official voice.

It turned out that it was the team’s owner who was Tweeting from the Spirit account.

Lewis would later receive a personal Twitter message from the Spirit. It said that team officials checked out her music online and wanted to know if she’d sing the National Anthem at the home opener.

Lewis has been a singer for just about her whole life and wrote her first song when she was 12.

Her debut album, “So Much More,” was recorded in Nashville, Tenn., and released in 2011.

Bruce Bouton, steel guitarist for Reba McEntire, plays on the album, and two of the 14 tracks were co-written by Eddie Kilgallon of Montgomery Gentry’s band and Wil Nance, who co-wrote Brad Paisley’s hit “She’s Everything.” Lewis wrote several of the songs on the record.

Singing at the Spirit’s home opener this weekend will be an honor, said Lewis — and also a way to get her name out to more people. To learn more, go to ashleymarielewis.com. “So Much More” can be purchased on iTunes.

DJ Pesce will appear again on ‘good morning america’

DJ Michelle Pesce will make a return appearance on CBS’ “Good Morning America” on Friday morning.

The Youngstown native, who lives in Los Angeles, first appeared on “GMA” on Feb. 8 as part of Grammy Awards coverage.

The news-magazine show liked Pesce so much that they asked her back. Friday’s appearance will be part of the “DJ Fridays” series on “GMA.”

Pesce said she’ll use the opportunity to promote some projects she is working on, including her role in a national tour.

Pesce got into DJing after attending Woodstock ’99. By 2004, she had gotten good enough to leave her career as a publicity person for an entertainment agency in Los Angeles to focus on DJing full time.

Since then, she has become one of the most sought-after club and party DJs and a staple at Hollywood events.

She has a weekly gig at LA nightclub The Dime and has performed at numerous A-list parties, including events for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, multiple film festivals and the Grammy Awards Official After-Party. She also once played herself in a third-season episode of HBO’s “Entourage.”

INTERESTING EXHIBITIONS coming to butler museum

Several notable exhibitions will come to the Butler Institute of American Art in the coming year.

First up are works by Larry Kagan, who creates amazing works that manipulate light and shadows. Kagan’s exhibition — a case of “back by popular demand,” according to Butler director Louis Zona — will open May 5 and run though June 30.

Works by the late Irish-born artist Colleen Browning, who was a significant figure in the Magic Realism movement in the post-war years, also will open May 5 and run through June 16.

“Photorealism Revisited,” a collection of works owned by New York art dealer Louis Meisel, will run from May 19 to Sept. 29 at the Trumbull Branch.

Details for two very-high-profile exhibitions are currently being nailed down. Exhibits by rocker John Mellencamp and late children’s book author Maurice Sendak could come to the museum in the coming year.


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