Ashley Tisdale has finally returned with new music. She has a new album on the way called Symptoms and fans already have the first taste of the forthcoming release via its first single "Voices In My Head."
"'Voices in My Head' is really personal for me. The whole album is personal. It's called Symptoms and it's really based off of my journey through anxiety and depression. I felt like 'Voices' was the best first single because it really explains what the whole album is about," Tisdale explains to iHeartRadio. She continues, "I co-wrote every single song on the album and it's so different. It's a different feeling from like my past music because it is so personal, and everything from the music video, to the art, to the music itself has been all of me and just my creative vision. It's something that I feel fans will really get to know me for the first time, rather than just me as a character on a movie or a TV show."
Ashley adds about what fans can expect to hear on Symptoms, "It's really fun. It's upbeat and has some electronic elements to it. I think that a lot of the response that I get from my friends is that they all can relate to it. There are a lot of songs that are really relatable, but I think that they'll really get to know me and I really wanted to make a point to not make music that you kind of dwell in the feelings of anxiety and depression. I really wanted to be upbeat and be like, you know, we can get through this. I just wanted to make someone at home feel less alone."
To celebrate the next chapter of Tisdale's career, we took a walk down memory lane with the singer/actress and revisited some of her best throwback pictures. From her High School Musical days as Sharpay Evans, to epic red carpet outfits, Ashley shared the stories behind each photo. Read on below.
Baby Modeling Days
"That's me when I was a baby! Just look at that. So, it says #TBT. One day, I'm going to have blonde straight hair and people are going to call me Sharpay, in quotes, because, yeah, this was me as a baby! Who knew that I would have blonde hair one day? It's pretty crazy. It was [a headshot], because I think I was three and a half, I was a Ford model back in the day. As I started to grow, I really didn't grow, so I had to, you know, quit my modeling career pretty fast. That is so freakin' funny."
Donnie Darko Days
"I love how I posted these and yet these seem so fresh. So yes, TBT to me in Donnie Darko. My husband has no idea who he married. This was actually really cool because I auditioned to play Donnie's younger sister, but I was too old for the role, so the director just really liked me and gave me this role. And I remember, they needed to like, dork me up some more. Because I was literally ... I think my character was like Dorky Girl. And I remember that like they were trying to do things with my hair and all of this stuff. But Drew Barrymore had mentioned putting these little clips in it, and because you know Never Been Kissed, she played Dorothy. But yeah, I still get a Christmas card from her and it's pretty awesome. And this was a huge movie. This was one of the first things that I was ever recognized from. It's crazy."
Thou Shalt Spend
"I love my whole personality in this picture. First of all, I love seeing old pictures of me on the red carpet because, honestly, I could care less about what people thought about me. And I was just wearing stuff like, 'Thou Shalt Spend' t-shirts and rocking it on the red carpet. I saw a lot of Halloween costumes and people wore this, and I was just like, I die. I think it's so funny. It's amazing. I think they're actually selling this t-shirt that says worn by Ashley Tisdale, and I'm like, hm, where's my money for that one? Just kidding!"
High School Musical at the Emmys
"[My] ultimate goal in life [is] to win an Emmy. Yeah, we didn't get to keep these! They went to the producers. That was like really cool though. We had so much fun. So crazy. It feels like a lifetime ago but that was really cool. An achievement."
Going Undercover on the High School Musical Tour
"That was like, it's really funny because when we were doing the tour of High School Musical, we were playing these humongous venues and we would just get tired of craft service or what we had. So we really wanted like the junk food in the venue and so it would be like ... these venues were like I think 20,000 people, and so we would put these wigs on, and I even got to the point where I think Corbin Bleu's dad was just getting tons of people coming up to him because they recognized his dad. And I went up to him and I was like I'm a huge fan! And he saw it was me and knew not to say anything. But yeah, we just used to wear these wigs and like go into the venue and nobody even knew it was us so it was pretty cool."
It's a Suite Life with Dylan and Cole Sprouse
"Dylan and Cole, they're so cute. They're so grown up and so good looking! I mean they were cute back in the day, but we didn't really think that they were going to grow, because they were like not growing. And they started the show when they were like 10 years old. But, now they've grown and they're very good looking!"
More Red Carpet ~Fashun~
"See this what I'm talking about! When I was up on my fashion game. No one can tell Ashley Tisdale s**t about fashion back in the 2000s. No one. But what's really funny is that, there's pictures of Rihanna at like red carpet events wearing jeans underneath dresses, and even Anne Hathaway. So I think I was a trendsetter to be honest."
Photos: Rachel Kaplan