Neal Ashby's professional work encompasses both music and design. Born in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, he found his dream career at age 13, when he read the description for "art director" in a school pamphlet. He graduated in 1989 from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in advertising design.
Love of music channeled Ashby’s work. In 2002, after ten years as the vice president and creative director for the Recording Industry Association of America, he opened his own design firm, Ashby Design, in Alexandria, Virginia, and continues to work with a number of high-profile music industry clients.