South African pop star Ashlinn Gray is set to have a massive 2020. Not only did she reveal that she will be taking part in the upcoming season of American Idol, but the star has just released a new single for her fans back home as she drops ‘Best Friend’ – and it shows a whole new side to the star.

It’s been a year and a half since Ashlinn Gray moved to the States and began hustling the streets of LA. From performing at Hotel Cafe to the Viper Room, rated as some of the best venues to catch the top up and coming artists, she has found her way in a city that is full of broken dreams. She auditioned for the world’s biggest talent competition ‘American Idol’ last year and is set to compete in the show’s upcoming season as she showcases her talent and aims to make it big in the American market.

Meanwhile, the star has dropped a new single titled ‘Best Friend’ – a song she says is about learning to love oneself in times when you don’t really feel like it. She explains, “I started off wanting to write this song about losing a best friend. Through the process of writing it, I realised that in order to have or be a best friend, you have to be your own bestie. Self-love is often over looked and sometimes loving your self is the answer to your problems. Somehow we learn insecurity and our confidence is lost when we should be proud of who we are and our story.”

She continues “We’ve all thought at some point ‘everybody sucks but me’ and I wanted to celebrate loving who you are for every flaw and imperfection. We need to be kinder to ourselves.”

If you love this song as much as we do, we’ve got great news as Ashlinn says she plans to release a new song every two months this year.

Listen to ‘Best Friend’ here:

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