Birthdate: October 13, 1980
Ashanti was born Ashanti Douglas. Ashanti joined a gospel choir when she was six years old. Ashanti got her big break in 1994 when she performed at a local talent show and caught the attention of music industry peeps. Ashanti signed with a management team and soon started snagging better gigs (including the Soul Cafe, China Club and Madison Square Garden), which eventually led to an opportunity to work with multi-platinum producer, Irv Gotti of Murder Inc. Records.
Ashanti's Famous Friends
Ashanti is more than a back up singer on other artists' albums. The first week it was released, Ashanti's self-titled debut album sold 500,000 copies in the USA. Ashanti's second album, Chapter II, is selling fast thanks to hits like Rock Wit U and Rain On Me.
Ashanti - Did U Know?
- Ashanti sings with rap artist Vita on a remake of Madonna's, Justify My Love.
- Ashanti trained as a dancer at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center where she learned tap, jazz, ballet, African, modern and hip hop dancing.
- Ashanti dances in Disney's TV musical, Polly.
"I want to create something so real and reflective that people just sit back and listen."