Besides being a Grammy-winning artist and actress, Ashanti is now a published children’s book author. Ashanti spoke exclusively with the Knockturnal about her first kid’s book, “My Name is a Story.”
Inspired by her own struggles growing up, Ashanti was questioned and teased about the pronunciation and meaning of her name.“I know I’m not the only one who’s gone through that,” says Ashanti. “It’s about empowering kids to be confident in the fact that you may have a unique and different name.” The singer hopes to encourage children to appreciate and celebrate who they are and the history behind their name.
Ashanti also spoke about celebrating the 20 year anniversary of her debut album. The artist was first discovered as a teenager and later signed to Murder Inc. Ashanti recorded hit duets with Ja Rule, from the No. 1 hit “Always on Time” (2001) to the No. 2 hit “Mesmerize” (2003). Earlier this year, Ashanti received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “It’s such a surreal feeling…there’s a piece of history that’s there with my name on it,” says Ashanti. The singer also shared that she’s gearing up to release new music soon.
My name is a Story is now available online at HarperCollins.