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Ashanti Biography

Ashanti made Billboard history by having her first three chart entries land in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. She is the first female to accomplish this feat, previously only attained by the Beatles.

Her album Ashanti topped the Billboard Album Chart and also won the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Her follow-up release, Chapter II, debuted in the number 1 slot for two consecutive weeks on the Billboard Album Chart and spawned two Top 10 singles. In addition to her Grammy, she's also received multiple Soul Train Awards, a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award, a Comet Award (Grammy Equivalent in Germany), Lady of Soul Awards, a Teen Choice Award and Nickelodeon's Kid Choice Award, along with many other nominations including an MTV movie award nomination and an NAACP Image Award Nomination for her role as Kera in Coach Carter.

Ashanti's other albums include Ashanti's Christmas, Concrete Rose, a remix album titled Collectibles by Ashanti and The Declaration, which she Executive Produced. It was around the time of The Declaration, that Ashanti created her own company and label, Written Entertainment. The album was the first release on Written Entertainment, and it was distributed by Universal. Ashanti is the CEO of the company and the first artist on the label. Since its inception, Ashanti has released numerous projects on the label. The Declaration featured producers and artists Babyface, LT Hutton, Diane Warren, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Pharell, Robin Thicke, Brian Cox, and Neffu to name a few. The first single off The Declaration, The Way That I Love You won the Music Choice Video of the Year Award in 2009.

Ashanti's forthcoming album, the highly-anticipated Braveheart will be released this summer on Written Entertainment and distributed by eOne Music. The album features the heart-wrenching single Never Should Have and also includes the tracks The Woman You Love featuring Busta Rhymes and That's What We Do featuring R. Kelly.

Ashanti currently has a lead role as LaTasha Montclair in the #1 Lifetime television series Army Wives, produced by ABC. The current season premiered in March.

The singer has performed duets with the likes of Pattie Labelle, Smokey Robinson, Ronald Isley, Stevie Wonder and Kenny Chesney, to name a few. She has appeared on shows ranging from The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Ellen, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live With Regis & Kelly, Live With Kelly and Michael, Saturday Night Live, The View, The Rachael Ray Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, E!'s Chelsea Lately, BET's 106 & Park, MTV's TRL, VH1's Hip Hop Honors and Fuse TV among others. She has performed on virtually every music awards show from the Grammys to the American Music Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Awards, VMAs Japan, The BET Awards, The World Music Awards, The Much Music Awards, the Soul Train Awards, Teen Choice Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.  She is an American favorite, singing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" for major events, including the World Series and the NBA Finals Play off Series, as well as performing for the NBA All Star Game.

With all of this amazing success, Ashanti has never lost sight of who she is and how important it is to give back to the community.  She has been very active supporting a large list of charities and good causes.  Ashanti is the Ambassador for the Jumpstart reading program and also is a Chain of Confidence Counselor for the Tupperware Brand.  She became the Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Club of America in 2009 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. She became a member of their "BE GREAT" Campaign with Denzel Washington, with whom she shot a National PSA on education.  It debuted at the Congressional Breakfast in September 2011.  The PSA was directed by Oscar Winner Ron Howard. 


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