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Ashanti was born on October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, Long Island, where she still lives. She first sang in a gospel choir at age six. Her music career really took off in 1994 when her performance at a local talent show caught the eyes of industry insiders. It wasn't long before she signed with a management team and began getting increasingly higher-profile gigs, eventually landing the opportunity to work with famed record producer and Murder Inc. president Irv Gotti. In addition to her singing...See more