Ashanti – American singer, producer, actress, dancer, and model
Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas was born on 13 October 1980 in New York. She was named after an African country, which used to be located on the contemporary Ghana territory. Women in that country had a lot of influence and power. That’s the qualities Ashanti’s mother wanted her daughter to have.
Ashanti loved music since childhood. She sang in a church choir and took dancing classes. When the girl was 12, her mother noticed a clear singing talent. It happened when Ashanti was performing “Reminisce”.
During teenage years, Ashanti has been writing lyrics and performing at several music festivals and talent shows. She also participated in other artists’ music videos. However, Ashanti was dreaming about a successful solo career. She sent her records to numerous labels, hoping to be noticed.
The aspiring singer worked with other artists. In 2011, together with Ja Rule and Fat Joe, she released two songs, "Always on Time" and "What's Luv?" accordingly. They reached 1st and 2nd positions on Billboard Hot 100.