Singer Ashanti is the latest Brown Sista to cover Page Six Magazine, a weekly feature found in the Sunday edition of The New York Post Newspaper. As expected, the sista covered the basics; her latest CD, what she thinks of todays top female artists, and most curiously, her wedding plans to Nelly, who the magazine refers to as the father of her two children: “With 14 hits, 65 awards and finally a comeback after a long career shutout, the singer shares that what she really wants is a husband and kids to go home to. Discovered at age 14 by Sean “Diddy” Combs, it took her three failed record deals before landing with Murder, Inc. She proved her mettle by becoming the first female artist to have three singles (“Foolish,” “Always on Time,” and “What’s Luv”) in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, a feat previously accomplished only by The Beatles.
With the 2005 indictment of the CEO of her record label, Ashanti’s career ground to a halt. “That was the worst part—not having a say as to what’s happening in my own life,” she says. “To a singer, that’s like telling them they’re dying. It was tragic.”
Watching artists like Fergie and Rihanna fill her void was hard: “I’d hear a song on the radio and wish mine was next. But I respect a lot of the artists who’ve come along since I was out, especially Rihanna. She’s smart and she’s worked the business instead of having the business work her.”
Back in action now, Ashanti is even more driven, and not just with career. Having two children with her boyfriend and fellow artist Nelly, she says thoughts are turning to marriage. “I’ve been planning my wedding in my head since I was a little girl, and it just keeps getting more elaborate. I’m a huge fan of the Caribbean, so if I don’t get married in New York, it would have to be on the beach.”
You can get the full interview by picking up Page Six Magazine inside the New York Post on Sunday or catch it online Monday via Pgae Six’s official website.