Ashanti Douglas was born in October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, New York, USA into a musical family. Her father used to sing and her mother is a dance instructor. Ashanti began to sing in a gospel choir at the age of 6. As she grew, her musical talent developed and with it, appearances followed. She danced in a show at Carnegie Hall and in the Disney television musical Polly. It was in high school that she honed her songwriting skills and harnessed her talent for creating a story that people could relate to, song after song.
Ashanti began singing in a gospel choir when she was just six years old. She launched her singing career after performing in a local talent show in 1994. Soon after signing a contract, she was seen singing in such clubs and cafes as the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Caroline's Comedy Club and Greek Fest 2000.
Signed to AJM Records, Ashanti 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. Ashanti is featured on Ja Rule's current single "Always On Time" and appeared with him on MTV's Making the Video. She also appears on two other tracks on Ja's current platinum CD Pain Is Love as well as Big Pun's smash hit single "How We Roll" from his Endangered Species CD. Ashanti has also worked with Murder Inc. recording artist Cadillac Tah on his singles "Thug Love" and "POV City Anthem". Ashanti also released a solo track titled "When A Man Does Wrong" in addition to being featured on rapper Vita's remake of Madonna's "Justify My Love" on the soundtrack of the Vin Diesel movie The Fast and the Furious. This multi-talented singer songwriter is currently writing and recording her first studio album and writing singles for Jennifer Lopez and Christina Milian.
Ashanti's talents extend beyond the recording studio. She began her dance training at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and performed with the Senior Pro Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Black Spectrum Theater. Her dance credits include the Disney TV musical "Polly" directed by Debbie Allen and starring Phylicia Rashad, the 1994 Caribbean Awards and dancing with Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
With the same creative and seductive energy that Ashanti has captured the attention of the music industry, she will captivate the public, with the power of her voice, lyrics, melodies and natural beauty
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