Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980), known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. Ashanti is known for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish", and sold over 505,000 copies throughout the U.S. in its first week of release in April 2002. In 2003, the album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. Her second release achieved Platinum status and other top 10 singles.
Ashanti wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez’s "Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)", which reached number one on Billboard Hot 100, which was also in the top 10 chart at the same time as "Foolish", "Always on Time" (with Ja Rule), and "What’s Luv?" (with Fat Joe). Later that year, she was acclaimed as the "Princess Of Hip-Hop & R&B" during the early 2000s by her label and capped off her successful debut by winning eight Billboard awards and two American Music Awards. Throughout her career, Ashanti has sold over 15 million records worldwide.
Since 2013, she has her own publishing company titled Written Entertainment.