Ashanti’s Net Worth, Personal Life, and More!
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Ashanti is a singer and actress from the United States with an estimated net worth of $8 million. Ashanti has had a very successful career, making her one of the most well-known female musicians in the world. Her acting resume is equally strong, with a number of significant roles under her belt.
Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas is her full name. She was born in Glen Cove, New York, on October 23rd, 1980. Her mother was a dancer and her father was a singer, therefore both of her parents have a musical history. She was called after Ghana's Ashanti Empire, which lasted from 1670 to 1957. Ashanti, like many other young girls, enjoyed singing along to a variety of mainstream music. When Ashanti's mother discovered her singing along to a Mary J. Blige song when she was 12, she recognised she had a genuine talent on her hands.
Ashanti's early efforts into the entertainment industry, however, were as an actress. She was a frequent extra in numerous films as a child, and she was also a frequent addition to many music videos. Her vocal abilities were evident, but she struggled to get her career off the ground. She was approached by a number of studios, but she was unable to “close a deal.” She began networking and developing relationships at Murder, Inc. Records at this point in the hopes of being recognised.
Irv Gotti, a producer of Murder, Inc., saw Ashanti's promise early on. He frequently pushed her to write hooks and sing on his rappers' records. It was only a matter of time after performing on tunes by Big Pun and Cadillac Tah before Ashanti got her big break. With the release of not one, but two massive hits featuring the teenage vocalist, that moment arrived.
The first was Fat Joe's “What's Luv?” from the early 2000s, which became an instant classic. The second song was Ja Rule's “Always On Time.” Both songs were released at the same time and quickly rose to the top of the charts. This triumph catapulted Ashanti's career forward, prompting many to wonder, “Who is this girl?”
In 2002, Ashanti responded with “Foolish,” her debut hit. Despite the fact that it was her first real hit, it remains her most popular to this day. “Foolish” spent ten weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and it served as the foundation for Ashanti's self-titled album, released later that year. Her record debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and has since sold over six million copies worldwide. Ashanti was honoured with a Grammy Award for her efforts.
Ashanti's second album, Chapter II, was released in 2003. Despite not being as successful as her first, it was certified platinum. The album also included the smash single “Rock Wit U,” which charted at number two. Ashanti released Concrete Rose after releasing a Christmas album. This album was likewise a success, attaining platinum status and gaining prominence in the United Kingdom thanks to the track “Only U.”
Ashanti changed her focus to acting in 2005, when she landed a role in the film Coach Carter. She also appeared in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz that year. She had another big role in John Tucker Must Die in 2006, followed by a cameo in Resident Evil: Extinction the following year.
Ashanti's fourth album, The Declaration, was released in 2008, and it marked her return to the music scene. Unfortunately, the album's sales were nowhere near as strong as her previous three. The track “The Way That I Love You” did, however, reach number two on the charts. She departed Murder, Inc. Records in 2009. She and Irv Gotti didn't talk about their feud in public, but they didn't speak for a long time during this time.
Ashanti would take a long break from music after this, and she would only return in 2011 after appearing in the musical The Wiz. That same year, she began releasing singles from her upcoming fifth studio album, Braveheart. “The Woman You Love,” featuring Busta Rhymes, and “No One Greater” are two of the album's standout tracks.
The record wouldn't be out until 2014, so Ashanti shifted her focus back to acting in the meantime. She had a recurring part on Army Wives in the seventh season, but the show was terminated a year later. She also appeared in an episode of Law & Order and the Christmas film Christmas in the City during this time. Braveheart was published in 2014, and it received critical acclaim for its progressive sound and strong lyrics.
Ashanti's musical career remained relatively quiet for the next few years. During this time, she did, however, collaborate with other musicians, most notably for “The Hamilton Mixtape.” Ashanti revealed in 2017 that her seventh studio album would be a collaboration with Ja Rule, following numerous statements and rumours. She resumed single releases in 2019, partnering with Afro B on “Pretty Little Thing.” During this time, she also produced the film Stuck.
Ashanti's musical style is defined by her sensuous, sweet soprano voice. Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey are among her key influences, yet it was Mary J. Blige who first inspired her to pursue a career as a vocalist.
Ashanti has been quite active in different charity endeavours over the years. She has raised awareness for domestic violence, most notably with the tune “Rain On Me” at the start of her career. Domestic abuse groups received 100% of the earnings from a $5 minidisc. She also aided in the relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Cancer fundraising, female empowerment, and the Jumpstart reading initiative are among Ashanti's other charitable endeavours.
Ashanti's personal life is well-known for her ten-year relationship with rapper Nelly. The pair split in 2014 after a romance that lasted since 2004.