Ashford is a former competitor from Union City, California where he competed at the nationally recognized James Logan High School. He has won more awards than can be counted at the high school and collegiate levels. An extremely talented interpreter, Ashford won seven National Championship trophies from two tournaments in his freshman year. Ashford is also an accomplished poet having won a world championship title and appeared on HBO’s Brave New Voices, and is the founder of Lyrical Therapy University. Ashford, to date, has won 15 national collegiate titles.