The name Ashanti may be new to you but after her November 3rd performance of Ja Rule's hit single "Always On Time" on Saturday Night Live she won't be a newcomer for long. In fact, Ashanti is not new to the world of entertainment; at the age of twenty, she has racked up credits as singer, actress, dancer, choreographer and all-around entertainer.Born in Glen Cove, NY, Ashanti S. Douglas first sang in a gospel choir at age six. Her R&B singing career began in 1994 when she performed at a local talent show. Her strong soulful voice caught the attention of industry insiders and she immediately signed on with a management team and began showcasing her talent with performances at the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Caroline's Comedy Club and Greek Fest 2000 at Jones Beach to name a few.
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. Look out for her first single release coming soon.