Penn State Alumna Ashadeep Continues to Touch Lives With Her Music
Penn State is and always has been known to graduate intelligent, capable, and talented individuals. Among these young alumni is 2014 graduate, and quite inspirational music artist, Ashadeep.
Ashadeep began her Penn State journey as Nicole Donelson, majoring in Psychology and playing volleyball for Beaver campus, eventually switching her sophomore year to Harrisburg, where she continued with the sport. Since she was young, her passion was with music and writing poetry. It was her sophomore year of college, with musically interested friends and a roommate who DJ’d, that Donelson truly got into creating her own sound.
With influences like J. Cole, Tupac, Wiz Khalifa, and Eminem, it’s hip-hop that inspires Donelson, or now, Ashadeep. As she describes it, her music “just has the real old school, soul storytelling feel to it.” This is the type of music that can use hip-hop as a platform; as a voice. Ashadeep was so passionate about her pursuance of music that she heavily considered dropping out of school, but stayed there under the advice of her family to finish her education. After that, there was no stopping her from being fully committed to her musical passion.
After being part of a duo group, Ashadeep is now solo. Her goal is to give meaning back to her community and, of course, back to hip-hop. “My inspiration for making music is having that one supporter be able to say my record affected them in any way,” she says. By incorporating beliefs of hope, faith, and strength into her music, Ashadeep plans to touch the lives of her fans.
Recently featured on BETs website for her Woke Challenge video, and soon performing at Mainstage in Morganstown, West Virginia on October 22nd (opening for Fat Trel), Ashadeep is taking her first few plunges into the real world of music. Don’t miss the chance to see her, or listen to her debut album, Light of Hope, being released this winter!
You can listen to her latest mixtape, Deeper by the Dozen, and other tracks here.