Ashley Tesoro

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Ashley Tesoro
Ashley Tesoro Malibu charity crop.jpg
Tesoro at 2008 Malibu, CA charity event
Background information
Birth name Ashley Lyn Cafagna
Born (1983-02-15) February 15, 1983 (age 31)
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
Genres Christian, gospel, country
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, model, Christian minister, executive
Years active 1994–present
Labels Tesoro Records (2007-present)
Website http://www.ashleytesoro.tv

Ashley Tesoro (born Ashley Lyn Cafagna; February 15, 1983) is an American actress, model, and singer. She is known for her starring roles in NBC’s Saved by the Bell: The New Class (as Liz Miller) and CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful (as Kimberly Fairchild). In 2007 she released a self-titled country music EP. In 2010 she released a country gospel EP titled Oh You Angel. In 2012 she released a gospel EP titled Simply Worship.

Life and career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Ashley Lyn Cafagna was born in Iowa City, Iowa, the first of three children. She was raised in Escondido, California. At the age of six she began entering beauty pageants, and won several local pageants from ages six through eight. She was crowned "Little Miss California" at the age of eight. She then started acting in a theater company called Christian Youth Theater. At the age of ten she entered a local talent contest in San Diego, California. After a long process of acting, modeling, and interviews, she took first place out of three hundred contestants. Her win placed her with an acting agent and manager.[1]

Tesoro at 2006 CineVegas Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada

Acting[edit]

As a television actress Ashley Tesoro has appeared in NBC’s Saved by the Bell: The New Class (as Liz Miller) for three seasons and CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful (as Kimberly Fairchild) for three years. She has had other roles in 7th Heaven, Valley of the Dolls, Hey Arnold!, CBS Morning News, and has been a guest host for E!. She has presented the Daytime Emmy Awards, the Soap Opera Digest Awards, and was awarded "Best Newcomer on a Daytime Television Show" in Australia. She was also named one of the "Fifty most Beautiful People" on television by Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly. She has also starred in eight films during her career, including; The Skulls II, Lord of Illusions playing Famke Janssen's younger self, and Mr. Murder with Stephen Baldwin, Thomas Haden Church, and James Coburn .[1]

Modeling[edit]

As a model Ashley Tesoro has worked for companies such as Radiosa Gowns, Levi's and Tommy Hilfiger. She has starred in commercial ads, and has been featured on the cover of magazines such as; Teen (Teen Beauty Guide), Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, CBS Soaps In Depth, and Cross Point.[1]

Music career[edit]

While starring on The Bold and the Beautiful, executive-producer Bradley Bell incorporated singing into her character of Kimberly Fairchild. She recorded several original songs and music videos for the show. One of these songs was premiered on KIIS-FM's Valentine Show. In 2007 Ashley Tesoro made her country music debut with a self-titled EP on Tesoro Records. The album was produced by Ron Aniello, mixed by Mike Shipley, and mastered by Joe Gastwirt. Larry Eagle, drummer and percussionist on Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, played drums on two of the EP's tracks.[1] In 2010 she released her second EP on Tesoro Records titled Oh You Angel. This country gospel album was produced by Ron Aniello, mixed by Clif Norrell, and mastered by Joe Gastwirt. In August 2010 Ashley Tesoro opened for Jackson Browne at a private event in Santa Barbara, California. Supported by the Abiders she performed the song "Heaven Let Me Know" from her EP Oh You Angel. In 2012 she released her third EP on Tesoro Records titled Simply Worship. This A cappella and acoustic gospel album was produced by Ron Aniello and mixed and mastered by Alec Dixon. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Marriage[edit]

On September 30, 2001 Ashley Cafagna married Anthony Tesoro, a Christian minister. Anthony formerly worked on Wall Street for Paine Webber and then Jones Institutional Trading Services before entering the non-profit sector and founding ministry/charity organization the Tesoro Ministry Foundation, Inc. in 2000. [3] In 2005 Ashley and her husband Anthony founded Tesoro Entertainment, a production company; and in 2007 they launched Tesoro Entertainment's music label division, Tesoro Records; with the Christian music sub-label Sacred Music launching in 2012. Their daughter, Gabriella Lyn, was born on November 18, 2013.[4]

Ministry[edit]

Ashley Tesoro grew up singing in church and performing in the theater company Christian Youth Theater. She and her husband Anthony are both Christian ministers and run the Tesoro Ministry Foundation, a non-profit charity-ministry foundation founded by Anthony in 2000.[5] She is the co-writer of Life Is For Living; a Christian ministry and lifestyle blog, and the co-host of Life Is For Living TV a Christian ministry and lifestyle web-series.[6]

School[edit]

Tesoro graduated "with honors" from the University of Phoenix. She earned degrees in psychology and communication/culture & communication. [7]

Ashley Tesoro
Style Karate, tangsoodo, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Rank      red belt in Combat Karate
     red belt in tangsoodo
Notable school(s) Anthony J. Tesoro's Combat Karate Club

Martial arts[edit]

Ashley enjoys training in the martial arts and has earned red belts in Combat Karate and American Tang Soo Do from her husband Anthony Tesoro who is a lifelong martial artist and former karate instructor. She has trained in boxing, kickboxing, Karate, Tang Soo Do, and grappling.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Name Label Producer Executive producer
2012 Simply Worship EP Tesoro Records Ron Aniello Anthony Tesoro
2010 Oh You Angel EP Tesoro Records Ron Aniello Anthony Tesoro
2007 Ashley Tesoro EP Tesoro Records Ron Aniello Anthony Tesoro

Singles[edit]

Year Name Label Producer Executive producer Other Info
1999 Evermore No Limit Erik Hicks Bradley Bell Debuted on KIIS-FM 7/16/99

[8]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song name Label Location Video producer Other Info
2012 I'll Stand By You Tesoro Records Santa Barbara, CA Anthony Tesoro
2012 Blessed Assurance Tesoro Records Santa Barbara, CA Anthony Tesoro
2012 Come Just As You Are Tesoro Records Santa Barbara, CA Anthony Tesoro
2012 I'd Rather Have Jesus Tesoro Records Santa Barbara, CA Anthony Tesoro
2012 As The Deer Tesoro Records Santa Barbara, CA Anthony Tesoro
2012 Amazing Grace Tesoro Records Santa Barbara, CA Anthony Tesoro
1999 Evermore No Limit Los Angeles, CA Bell-Phillips/CBS Debuted on the Bold & Beautiful Friday, 7/16/99

[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
2002 The Skulls II Ali Lead
2000 Frankenstein & the Werewolf Reborn! Eleanore Crane Lead
1998 The Werewolf Reborn! Eleanore Crane Lead
1997 Mystery Monsters Susie Lead
The Midas Touch Hannah Lead
1996 Demon in the Bottle Marny Lead
1995 Lord of Illusions aka Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions Young Dorothea Supporting
1994 Lost Island Shelley Lead

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2012- Life is for Living TV Executive Producer, Host Internet TV: season 1, ep. 1-6; season 2, ep. 1-6; season 3, ep. 1-6; season 4, ep. 1-6 on www.lifeisforliving.tv
2002 FYE! Herself Guest host- E!
1998–2001 The Bold and the Beautiful Kimberly Fairchild Series regular
1997–2000 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Liz Miller Series regular
1998 Mr. Murder Girl at Airport TV movie
1997 7th Heaven Joanne Guest star
1997 Hey Arnold! Older Girl on Bus Voice
1994 Valley of the Dolls Young Anne Guest star

Honors and awards[edit]

Honors[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Young Artist Awards
    • 2002 - Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actress for The Bold and the Beautiful - nominated
    • 2001 - Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series - Young Actress for The Bold and the Beautiful - nominated
    • 2000 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actress for Saved by the Bell: The New Class - nominated
  • YoungStar Awards (The Hollywood Reporter's Annual YoungStar Awards)
    • 2000 - Best Young Actress/Performance in a Saturday Morning TV Series for Saved by the Bell: The New Class - nominated
    • 2000 - Best Young Actress/Performance in a Daytime TV Series for The Bold and the Beautiful - nominated
    • 1999 - Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Saturday Morning TV Program for Saved by the Bell: The New Class - nominated
    • 1999 - Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program for The Bold and the Beautiful - nominated
  • Inside Soap Awards
    • 1999 - Best Newcomer for The Bold and the Beautiful - winner [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ashley Tesoro Bio Ami, Retrieved 2009
  2. ^ Ventura County Star Dransfeldt, J.; Retrieved June 14, 2014
  3. ^ Anthony Tesoro Jr. Profile Tesoro Brothers, Retrieved March 22, 2009
  4. ^ Catching up with Ashley L. (Cafagna) Tesoro/ She Knows Soaps. Mistretta, A.; Retrieved April 30, 2014
  5. ^ Tesoro Ministry Foundation Ami, Retrieved December 19, 2009
  6. ^ Life is for Living Tesoro, Retrieved December 30, 2011
  7. ^ Ventura County Star Dransfeldt, J.; Retrieved June 14, 2014
  8. ^ CBS Daytime; Retrieved August 05, 2014
  9. ^ CBS Daytime; Retrieved August 05, 2014
  10. ^ Internet Movie Database IMDb, Retrieved January 31, 2010

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