Asher Monroe Book (born Sept 18, 1988), known professionally as Asher Monroe, is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Arlington, a small county in the commonwealth of Virginia, his career began at the age of 7 years old when he landed the role of Tiny Tea Cup in the first national tour of the Broadway Production of Beauty and The Beast. In 2006, after starring in an extensive run of national tours including The Sound Of Music, Oliver, and The Prince And The Pauper, Monroe signed to Warner Bros. Records, under which he released his first top 40 single "Love Struck" as lead singer for the boy band V Factory. From 2006-2009, he starred in multiple prime time TV & film roles including Parenthood on NBC, the MGM remake of Fame, and The Mentalist on CBS, after which he signed on as the flagship solo artist to the music label D Empire Entertainment. In 2011, under new label and management, he was named one of MTV's Top Ten Artists, alongside other artists such as Frank Ocean, Lana Del Ray, and Avicii. In December 2012, he graced the cover of Billboard magazine with a spotlight feature article, after he which he released his two latest singles "Here With You" (co-written by Monroe & produced by One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder) and "Hush Hush" (co-produced by Monroe). Both singles quickly broke the top 10 on the Billboard dance charts as Monroe began recording collaborations in late 2013 with Chris Brown and Sean Kingston in Los Angeles, Ca for his upcoming debut solo album.
1 Early life,
2.1 V Factory,
2.2 Solo recording career,
3.1 Extended plays,
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Born in Arlington, Virginia in 1988, Asher started working professionally when he was seven years old. His first big break was at the age of seven when he landed the role of tiny teacup Chip in the national tour of the Broadway production of "Beauty and the Beast." He continued working on show after show, which led him to New York City, where he attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York from 2000 to 2002, before moving to Los Angeles. He has an older brother and an older sister, and is an uncle to four.
At age seven, Asher was chosen from an open casting call to portray tiny teacup Chip in the national tour of Beauty and the Beast, followed by the lead role in a production of Oliver!. In 2004, he appeared in the television movie Pop Rocks and the film Come Away Home. This was followed by guest roles on Zoey 101, Medium and Close to Home. In 2009, Monroe portrayed Marco, an aspiring singer, in the MGM and Lakeshore feature film Fame, a remake of the 1980 musical film of the same name. In 2010, Asher had a recurring role as Steve in the NBC television series Parenthood. The same year in August 2010 he booked a role on the hit show The Mentalist.
Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_Factory
In 2006, Asher became a member of VFactory, an American Pop/R&B/Urban boy band.
Solo recording career:
In 2011, under a shortened name 'Asher Monroe', he signed on solo as the flagship artist to a new music label called D Empire. When Monroe's first solo music video for "Like I Do" hit YouTube, it created a fan frenzy... racking up more than 1.6 million views, half of them within the first 24 hours alone. Passing the million view mark days after the January 2012 release, his second music video "Hello Baby" led to features on the Huffington Post, Forbes, Just Jared and a slew of other trend-hunting sites. His third video "Every Night" (released in late February) surpassed the 2.5 million mark as Monroe embarked on a 20-city co-headlining tour across the US. After completing the tour, Monroe headed back into the studio with Ryan Tedder to craft new material and gear up his next release, 'Here With You."
The August 2012 release of his first official radio single "Here With You" (a co-write with Grammy-winning producer Ryan Tedder) debuted on MTV Buzzworthy, landed Monroe the title as one of MTV's Top 10 Artists to Watch, and opened the doors to a joint venture/album collaboration with Grammy-winning multi-platinum recording artist Chris Brown and Senior VP of A&R for Def Jam, Bu Thiam (A&R for Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne and Rihanna's Talk That Talk).
He is currently on the road visiting radio stations spinning 'Here With You' in New York, Memphis, Illinois, and Vermont.
Monroe's forthcoming debut solo album is set to release in 2013, which he has been working on with such collaborators as Ryan Tedder, Sean Kingston, The Matrix, and Chris Brown among others.