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Ashanti Biography

Ashanti

Biography


Birth Name
Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas

Nickname
Shani
Princess of Hip Hop and Soul

Height
5' 3" (1.6 m)

Trivia
  • Names Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald and Blue Magic as artists who inspired her.
  • Her songs "Foolish", "Always On Time", and "What's Luv" made the top 10 all in one week.
  • Launched her career in 1994 when she was recognized at a talent show.
  • Wrote all 12 tracks on her self-titled debut album.
  • A native of Long Island, she began singing at the age of 12.
  • Was the first R&B singer to join Murder Inc. Records.
  • Has worked with Ja Rule, Big Pun and Fat Joe.
  • Turned down a track scholarship to Hampton University to pursue her singing career.
  • Before she joined Murder Inc. Records, she was signed by Jive Records.
  • Ashanti is African-American.
  • Her aunt lives in Rhode Island.
  • Released new fragrance line, "Precious Jewel" [2005]
  • Named #13 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
  • Ranked as #81 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
  • Ranked #37 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
  • Daughter of Tina Douglas.
  • Friends with Q-Tip, Anthony Anderson, Flo Rida, and Adrienne Houghton.
  • Attended Glen Cove High School in Glen Cove, New York.
  • Cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Smokey Robinson, and Donna Summer as musical influences.
  • Her mother, Tina Douglas, named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women had power and influence, and Tina wanted her daughter to follow that model.
  • Her grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s.
  • Quotes
  • I'm not trying to not do music. There's just a feeling when you create a hot record and have people fall in love with your record. There's nothing like that feeling.



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