In her first major singing performance, Ashanti performed Yolanda Adams's "More Than a Melody".

She also appeared in a number of big-name music videos, in addition to other dance work. After being impressed by her singing ability, Diddy had her sign to a development deal.

According to Nelly, he and Miss Jackson are “working on it.” WELP!

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Shantel aka Miss Jackson recently took to her Instagram page with this video and caption giving props to a certain jeweler, while also flossing a huge diamond engagement ring….

…..which immediately began speculation that Nelly Mo had popped the question.

Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women had power and influence, and Tina wanted her daughter to follow that model.

Growing up, Ashanti took dance lessons and joined the church choir.

Ashanti and Nelly will be performing in Jamaica for the upcoming concert Shaggy and Friends.

The R&B singer and her rapper ex-boyfriend have been confirmed on the shows roster Shaggy confirmed.

He wrote: Prior to Shantel, Nelly dated singer Ashanti and was rumored to date Lashontae Reckard, who shares a child with NBA player Brandon Jennings.

The 33-year-old said: "I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities. I've been betrayed.""It's important to know what you want and get it," she added.

This relationship soured when Jive tried to make Ashanti into a pop singer.

Ashanti subsequently involved herself in schoolwork, cheerleading, and running on her school's track team.

Ashanti got her first taste of acting as a child extra in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) and in Who's the Man? She was also one of the students in the 3-2-1 Contact Extra, What Kids Want To Know About Sex and Growing Up. Initially, she went to Bad Boy Records and sang one of Mary J. In the end, due to a bad contract, Ashanti did not sign with Diddy.