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Ashanti Douglas, October 13 1980, Glen Cove, New York, USA. For urban R&B singer Ashanti it has been a case of third time lucky. Her honey-toned voice and striking looks landed her a recording contract with Jive Records at the age of 14, then again with Epic Records at 17, but neither of those deals came to fruition. It was when she was noticed by Murder Inc. mastermind Irv Gotti that Ashanti began to blossom. Gotti noted her dancing and acting abilities in addition to her vocal skills (she had previously appeared in the Walt Disney television musical Polly). Ashanti`s first musical outing under Gotti was a guest vocal on the track "How We Roll" by Big Punisher. She then appeared in a series of duets that made her a stateside star in March 2002. She was Ja Rule`s counterpart on the hypnotic "Always On Time", provided the chorus to Fat Joe`s "What`s Luv?", and married her vocals with the late Notorious B.I.G. for "Unfoolish". During this month Ashanti held three of the Top 10 positions in the Billboard chart, including numbers 1 and 2 with Ja Rule and Fat Joe, while her own "Foolish" climbed to the top of the charts in April and remained at the top until the end of June. As if that was not enough her self-titled debut album sold 500,000 copies in the USA in its first week of release. Mostly written by Ashanti herself, the album was unusually soulful for a Murder Inc. act, while retaining a street sensibility that helped it to worldwide popularity. The singer enjoyed further success with her follow-up album, The Second Chapter, debuting at the top of the US charts in July 2003, and spawning the Top 5 hit single "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)".
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Full Name at Birth
Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas
Other Names
Shani
Shany Bonnie
Shani Bonnie
Ashanti
Princess of Hip Hop and Soul
Age
40
Date of Birth
Birthplace
Height
Weight
Build
Eye Color
Hair Color
Distinctive Features
Short height
Voluptuous figure
Fuller lips
Net Worth
$18,000,000 USD
Star Sign
Sexuality
Ethnicity
Nationality
High School
Occupation
Singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress
Occupation Category
Claim to Fame
R&B singer-songwriter`s eponymous debut album in 2002 featured the hit song Foolish
Genre
R&B
Hip Hop
Hip Hop Soul
Pop
Soul
Year(s) Active
1994–present
1989–present
1997–present
Musical career
Instrument
Vocals
Labels
Jive
Epic
The Inc.
Written
eOne
Murder Inc.
Def Jam
E1
Associated Acts
Talent Agency
Emancipated Talent
Tina Douglas (her mother)
Brand Endorsements
Pantene Pro-Voice Ad
Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo
CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka
Official Website
Father
Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas (former singer)
Mother
Tina Douglas (former dance-teacher)
Sister(s)
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