Ashanti: The Princess Returns to Reign

Ashanti debuts her new sound for celebrity friends and the music industry’s finest

By Charreah Jackson

(April 23, 2008—New York City) Ashanti unveiled her new sound and sassy style at R&B Live last night, as stars and the music industry’s elite looked on, including rappers Q-Tip, Free and Flo Rida and actor Anthony Anderson.

After a four-year break the singer is back with her third album The Declaration, set to be released in June. The singer sauntered out to some of her biggest hits and belted out her new single “The Way I Love You” and other new songs. Ashanti’s sultry strut as she asks the men in the room, ‘what would you do if I was your girlfriend?’ let the crowd know this girl-next-door is all grown up.

“I think the best moments honestly are just going on stage at a venue and I am able to hold the mic in the air and the building is singing the hook,” she told ESSENCE. “I think it’s a wonderful feeling and it’s such a great accomplishment.”

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