Singer + Songwriter + Record Producer + Actress + Dancer +
Born Oct 13, 1980
Age 35
Hometown Glen Cove, New York
Genres Hip hop soul + Co...
Instruments Singing + Piano
Performed With Nelly + R. Kelly ...
Record Label Jive Records
Other Names Douglas, Ashanti ...

Ashanti is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the early 2000s. Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish", and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release throughout the U.S. in April 2002. The album set a Soundscan record as the biggest opening week sales for a new female artist, outselling debuts by Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill.… Read More

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1980 Birth Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas was born on October 13, 1980, in Glen Cove, New York. … Read More
1983 2 Years Old Following the success of her collaborations with Ja Rule and Fat Joe, Ashanti released her debut single, "Foolish", which contains a sample of the 1983 song "Stay with Me" by DeBarge (also utilized by The Notorious B.I.G. in his 1995 single "One More Chance", and by Big L in "MVP"). … Read More


1994 13 Years Old She also performed at the 1994 Caribbean Awards and dancing with Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. … Read More
1998 17 Years Old …  She put college pursuits aside when Epic Records approached her with a contract in 1998. … Read More


2001 20 Years Old She also appeared on the 2001 The Fast and the Furious soundtrack as a featured artist on Vita's 2001 hip hop remake of Madonna's "Justify My Love" and on the solo track "When a Man Does Wrong".
…  Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish", and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release throughout the U.S. in April 2002. … Read More
In 2003, the self-titled debut album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. … Read More
Chapter II was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, respectively.
In January 2005, she made her feature film acting debut in the film Coach Carter alongside Samuel L. Jackson, which debuted at number one opening weekend. … Read More
2006 - 2007 4 More Events
Her fourth studio album, The Declaration, was released on June 3, 2008. and sold 86,000 units its first week of release, which were the lowest first week sales for any of Ashanti's studio albums. … Read More
In May 2009, Irv Gotti announced that he was officially releasing Ashanti from The Inc. … Read More


2011 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2011 a promo picture was released, rap-up revealed she had been in the studio with big names including Dr. Dre, Game, and Lil Wayne, and Ashanti had said that a single was coming "very soon". … Read More
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