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Ashanti is a name of, at least, two artists:
1. A popular R&B singer from Glen Cove, New York
2. A group from Berklee, Massachusetts
3. An singer from Jakarta, Indonesia and should refer to Ashanty

1) Ashanti (born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas on October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, New York, United States), is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, model & fashion designer who has been performing since 2000.

Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous Grammy Award-winning debut album Ashanti which featured the hit song Foolish. The album set a Soundscan record as the most albums sold by any first-time female artist in the chart’s history, outselling debuts by Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill. Later that year, she was acclaimed as the “Princess of Hip-Hop & R&B” by the media and capped off her successful debut by winning eight Billboard awards and two American Music Awards.

Ashanti cites Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Yolanda Adams, The Clark Sisters, and Blue Magic as her musical influences. Praised as a gifted songwriter by her peers and critics alike, Ashanti has written/co-written the bulk of all her music. She is currently working on her own record label entitled Written Entertainment.

It was when she was noticed by Murder Inc. mastermind Irv Gotti that Ashanti began to blossom. Gotti noted her dancing and acting abilities in addition to her vocal skills. In 2001, Ashanti was first featured as a background vocalist on rapper Big Pun’s song How We Roll.

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