Date of Birth : Oct 13th 1980

Songwriter/singer Ashanti was the winner of the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, Ashanti. She wrote all twelve tracks on her signature album, which was produced by Murder Inc. Records.

Born Ashanti Douglas on October 13, 1980, in Glen Cove, NY, Ashanti gave up a track scholarship to Hampton University to pursue her singing career. She was discovered at a talent show in 1994, and started singing with musicians like Ja Rule, Big Pun and Fat Joe. Three of her singles, “Foolish,” “Always On Time,” and “What’s Luv,” made theTop 10 all in one week. Despite fans’ protests that she wasn’t worthy of the title, she took entertainer-of-the-year honors, and was named best new solo artist at the 8th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards held in Pasadena, CA in 2002. Ashanti was named favorite new artist in both the pop/rock and hip-hop/R&B categories at the 30th annual American Music Awards in January, 2003. Her follow-up album was called Chapter II, and it debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. She released two more albums in 2004 and a fourth album, The Declaration, in 2008. Ashanti is also busy acting, portraying Dionne Warwick in “Silent Night,” a Christmas-themed episode of NBC’s period drama American Dreams. She made her feature film debut in Coach Carter, with Samuel L. Jackson.


Coach Carter ( 2005 )

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