Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas is an American recording artist, record producer, dancer, and performer with a net worth of $20 million dollars. The album has establish a Soundscan record as the largest launch week sales for a brand new female musician, outselling introductions by Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill. In 2003, the self-titled debut record won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for The Best Contemporary R&B record. As of 2008, Ashanti has sold over 15 million records world-wide. Ashanti stopped the decade (200009) as the 3rd top new R&B artist behind Alicia Keys and Beyonce. Although she was the greatest female selling musician of the early 2000s. She’s currently on the set of The Twenty Best Selling Music Singles Since 1990 for her single Foolish for selling 8.4 million copies to date.
Ashanti was born on October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, Ny. Her birth name is Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas. Her mom, Tina Douglas, is a former dance teacher, and her dad, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is a former vocalist. Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this country, girls had power and sway, and Ashanti’s mom wanted her daughter to follow that model. Ashanti got her first taste of acting as a child extra in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X as well as in “Who’s the Guy?”. She also began as a dancer in the Disney TV film Polly.