Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (simply known as Ashanti), an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress, blasted into the urban music scene in 2002, topping the charts with multiple singles at once. She quickly became a sensation, gracing the covers of magazines and dominating urban radio. Ashanti built her reputation with duets, where she would complement an already popular rapper –> Ja Rule (“Always on Time“, “Mesmerize“), Fat Joe (“What’s Luv?“), the Notorious B.I.G. (“Unfoolish“) <– contrasting the tough-guy male perspective with her own.
It didn’t take the young vocalist long to make a name for herself though: her debut album topped the Billboard album chart just as her debut solo single, “Foolish,” was topping the Hot 100 chart. Ashanti also wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez‘s “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)”, which reached number one on Billboard Hot 100 and was also in the top 10 chart at the same time as her other features.
Later that year, she was acclaimed as the “Princess Of Hip-Hop & R&B” by her label and capped off her successful debut by winning eight Billboard awards and two American Music Awards. Ashanti cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer and Blue Magic as her musical influences. She is currently working on her own publishing company titled “Written Entertainment”.