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Famous as :

R&B singer

Birth Name :

Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas

Birth Date :

October 13, 1980

Birth Place :

Glen Cove, New York, USA

Claim to fame :

Debut album "Ashanti" (2002)


American R&B singer Ashanti was born Ashanti Shaquoya Douglas on October 13, 1980, in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, into a musical family, in which her father used to sing and her mother was a former dance instructor. Before becoming a famous singer, she first sang in a gospel choir at age six and took dance lessons. As she grew up into a teen girl, her musical talent also developed, and so did with her physical appearances. During this period of time she danced in a show at Carnegie Hall and in the Disney television musical "Polly." It was in her senior high school that Ashanti sharpened her songwriting skills and explored her talent for creating a story that people could relate to, song after song. Her strong and soulful voice, indeed, got her the attention of industry insiders that brought her to an immediate signing with a management team. She began showcasing her talent with performances at several places, including the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Carolines Comedy Club and Greek Fest 2000 at Jones Beach.

It was her peculiar voice and striking look that handed her a recording contract with Jive Records at the age of 14, then again with Epic Records at the age of 17, but neither of them came to fruition. Ashanti later signed to AJM Records and quickly caught the attention of multi-platinum producer Irv Gotti of Murder Inc. who recognized her exceptional singing and writing talents and set the stage for her introduction to the music world. This encounter got Ashanti her first musical performance as a guest vocal on the track "How We Roll" by Big Pun. She then appeared in a series of duets that made her a Stateside star in March 2002, the same period when she was featured on Ja Rule's single "Always On Time". Moreover, she also appeared on other track on Ja's platinum CD, namely "Pain Is Love," and worked with Murder Inc. recording artist Caddillac Tah on his singles "Thug Love" and "Pov City Anthem." After that Ashanti went on releasing a solo track titled "A Man Does Wrong" in addition to being featured on rapper Vita's remake of Madonna's controversial hit "Justify My Love" for the soundtrack of Vin Diesel 2001 movie "The Fast and the Furious."

Latest News

Ashanti Debuts 'First Real Love' Ft. Beenie Man

February 21, 2014 06:45:11 GMT

has just dropped another cut off her upcoming album "". The reggae-flavored catchy track, titled "First Real Love", is the 33-year-old artist's collaboration with Jamaican singer Beenie Man.

Ashanti and Rick Ross Drop 'I Got It' Music Video

February 12, 2014 05:53:45 GMT

After being teased with a lot of photos and some teaser videos, the full visuals for and ' collaboration "I Got It" has finally arrived. The clip was filmed in Miami last month by director Eif Rivera.

Ashanti Previews Music Video for 'I Got It' Ft. Rick Ross

January 28, 2014 04:46:37 GMT

has teased the music video for her collaboration with , "I Got It", with a sneak-peek clip. Arriving via her Instagram on Monday, January 27, the short clip shows Ashanti dancing with some girls while flaunting her body in some sexy outfit. In another scene, her collaborator is seen sitting on his throne.

Photo: Ashanti Films 'I Got It' Music Video With Rick Ross in Miami

January 17, 2014 08:28:57 GMT

and have filmed the music video for their collaboration, "I Got It". The R&B singer was seen cozying up to the "Hustlin' " rapper at The Bank Lounge in Miami, Florida on Thursday, January 16.

Ashanti Unveils New Cover Artwork for Oft-Delayed Album 'Braveheart'

January 08, 2014 08:32:26 GMT

has decided to give her long-delayed album "" a new artwork. Arriving via her Instagram on Tuesday, January 7, the cover shot by Robert Ector shows the 33-year-old songstress standing against a white wall while a pink rose is projected onto her body.

Ashanti Announces Album Delay on Its Release Date

July 31, 2013 06:14:49 GMT

has decided to push back the release date of her long-awaited new album, "". The 32-year-old singer took to Instagram to tell her fans that the new album had been delayed. Interestingly, she made the announcement on the same day the album was supposed to arrive.

Ashanti Premieres 'Never Should Have' Music Video

April 27, 2013 06:38:20 GMT

R'n'B/hip-hop recording artist has premiered a new music video and it's for her recently-released single "Never Should Have". The track, which serves as her comeback song, is the third single to be released off the 32-year-old entertainer's fifth studio album "", her first album in five years, coming out on June 11.

Ashanti Debuts New Single 'Never Should Have'

March 27, 2013 05:11:01 GMT

R 'n' B/hip-hop recording artist is back with new song "Never Should Have", a track in her forthcoming new album "" due to be released in June. The new single is the third track to be released off the 32-year-old entertainer's fifth studio LP which she describes as "very deep."

Paparazzi Capturing Kristen Stewart's Affair With Rupert Sanders Speak Up

July 30, 2012 08:38:26 GMT

What happened on the day and Rupert Sanders sneaked out for their secret date? Scott Cosman, the owner of FameFlyNet Pictures, opened it up, revealing where the actress and the director made out and how his team identified the filmmaker.

CBS in Early Conversations About 'How I Met Your Mother' Season 9

July 30, 2012 08:38:18 GMT

CBS is working on extending "" run beyond its upcoming season 8. President of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler has stated that the network wants a ninth season of the sitcom and has begun negotiations on it.

'The Shining' Prequel Possibly In the Works

July 30, 2012 08:07:39 GMT

Warner Bros. is said to be considering a prequel to the horror movie classic, "The Shining". The studio is "quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel," says a report from the L.A. Times.

TCA Summer Party: Kristin Kreuk Looks Gorgeous in a White Midi Dress

July 30, 2012 07:41:42 GMT

was one of the CW, CBS and Showtime stars that stole attention at the 2012 summer party for the Television Critics Association on Sunday night, July 29. The "" looked lovely in a white midi sleeveless dress that was cinched on the front.

Fat Joe's 'Pride N Joy' Video Shoot Ft. Kanye West, Ashanti and More

July 30, 2012 05:11:27 GMT

Instagram was flooded with photos from a music video shoot which featured quite a number of guest stars. After losing 100 pounds, Joey Crack wasn't so fat anymore in the visual for "Pride N Joy".

Video Premiere: Ashanti's 'The Woman You Love' Ft. Busta Rhymes

March 14, 2012 02:05:06 GMT

is a time traveler who seeks refuge from her broken heart in a music video for her newest single "The Woman You Love". The "Foolish" hitmaker is floating into the future while remembering her doomed relationship with a boyfriend and learning that "the only way to heal is to accept and let go of the past."

New 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Banner Highlights the Film's Fantasy World

November 09, 2011 08:43:29 GMT

Universal Pictures has unveiled a brand new three-way banner for "". The fresh artwork centers on three lead characters, who are Snow White, Huntsman and the Evil Queen a.k.a Ravenna, in the Rupert Sanders fairy tale-adapted film. The picture also gives a hint at the fantasy world of the film.

Ashanti NOT Replacing Fergie in Black Eyed Peas

November 09, 2011 08:43:04 GMT

Recent rumors suggesting that was going to replace Fergie () in the turned out to be a BS. A representative for the R&B group set the record straight by telling EW that the reports were "categorically untrue."

Lionsgate TV Developing 'Harold and Kumar' Animated Series

November 05, 2011 04:18:20 GMT

"Harold & Kumar" is going to branch out into the small screen. Having just released its third installment titled "", the comedy film franchise is being developed into an animated series.

Report: Ashanti to Replace Fergie in Black Eyed Peas

November 05, 2011 04:17:51 GMT

Weeks after announced to take a break, rumor swirls on the web suggesting that Fergie () wants to leave the group. The report is brought to attention by MediaTakeOut which additionally claims that will be recruited as a replacement.

Ashanti's 'Never Too Far Away' From 'Dream House' Movie

September 16, 2011 07:25:19 GMT

has a brand new song called "Never Too Far Away", and she has released it for fans' listening pleasure. Coming from production hands of L.T. Hutton, the ballad track serves as one of the songs featured in upcoming thriller "".

Ashanti Getting Cozy With Nelly in His Album Listening Party

October 30, 2010 03:01:29 GMT

Former couple and have fueled rumors of a reconciliation after they were spotted enjoying a night out in New York together this week. The pair split last year, but speculation about a reunion has been growing since they were seen together in August this year.

Lloyd Banks Apologizes to Ashanti for Involving Her in His Feud With Label

September 11, 2010 03:09:19 GMT

rapper has offered an apology to for targeting her during his feud with her former label Murder Inc., insisting it "wasn't anything personal." The hip-hop star was embroiled in a war-of-words with the record label after his bandmate fell out with their artist in the late 1990s.

2010 BET Awards: Ciara, Ashanti and More Hit the Red Carpet

June 28, 2010 02:07:56 GMT

The 10th Annual BET Awards has been kicked off on Sunday, June 27 and was marked with the arrivals of celebrities. Coming to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, sported a sexy but tough style with a black long-sleeved dress which has golden details.

Ashanti to Produce and Host Her Own Version of 'American Idol'

February 17, 2010 08:38:20 GMT

R&B star has teamed up with the producers of "" and "" to create a new reality TV contest. The singer/actress has just signed a deal with the brains behind Reveille Productions to produce and host her own version of "".

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