Michael Ashanti

Michael Ashanti

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The music of MICHAEL ASHANTI can be described as the love-child of NeYo and Lady Gaga with David Guetta serving as the Godparent. This pop & electro-soul singer/songwriter is creating a major buzz with his new sound by combining soulful vocal skills with elements of pop, electronica and R&B.

Biography

Most aspiring recording artists would consider a call back audition for the X-Factor talent competition to be a major mark on the path to becoming an overnight success — but Michael Ashanti is not most artists.

After reading the release form that would force him to hand over ownership of his entire identity, Michael made the bold decision to believe in his talents and walk away from the second round of auditions.

In a matter of several months after those initial auditions, Michael’s belief and persistence have already been rewarded. The debut single — the Internet (There’s Nothing Wrong with Love) — from his forthcoming sophomore EP release made its broadcast premiere December 2009 on MTV Networks (Logo Channel) in the United States and has achieved Top 10 status on the Click List Top 10 music videos countdown.

This New York native is no novice to the music industry. This is made evident by the growing resume of musical accomplishments which include: a critically-acclaimed independent release — All Of Me — featuring both a widely accepted pop/reggaeton cover tribute and music video for the Billy Preston/Syreeta Garret classic 'With You I’m Born Again' and the soulfully charged club anthem 'Hold On'; a live performance on Showtime at the Apollo in Harlem, New York City; a National Basketball Association (NBA) center-court performance of the American national anthem at the Madison Square Garden in New York City; live touring performances as a solo artist or in support of well-known international acts; and a growing international fan-base.

Michael’s authenticity as an artist is further supported by the fact that he utilizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers for creative inspiration. Michael has joyfully dedicated his time and talents as a volunteer performer to LIFEBeat: The Music Industry Fights AIDS — a charitable organization dedicated to reaching America’s youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention. Michael is also setting new standards and challenging negative stereotypes by accepting numerous invitations as a favored live performer for LGBT events around the world in such cosmopolitan cities as Barcelona, New York, Amsterdam and London.

So while Michael Ashanti may not have chosen the path of becoming an overnight reality TV sensation, he has well established himself as someone with a special brand of artistry that will be defined by both authenticity and longevity.

Lyrics

the Internet (There's Nothing Wrong With Love)

Written By: Michael Ashanti

Introduction:
Welcome to ‘findlove.com’
Please enter your username
Please enter your password
That is incorrect, try again!

Verse 1:
Sitting here in front of my laptop again
Username and now I’m logging in
Damn, I forgot my password again
That’s right! It’s 1-4-me and I commence to searching
Said I’m spending time tonight on the Internet
Gonna find someone with whom I can connect
Gonna take my chances, do something different

Hook:
There is nothing wrong with love, no
There is nothing, no
Nothing wrong with love

They try to make me feel like there’s something wrong with love
But I just don’t . . .

Verse 2:
Think I’ve set my expectations to high
Because these dumb-ass questions almost make me cry
Like ‘how much money I make’ or ‘my religion’
Right down to my ‘favorite sexual position’
You gotta b-b-be f-f kidding me
I’m over this right now, no
Shutting down, no more time on the internet
Gonna get out, find someone with whom I can connect
Gonna take my chances, do something different, no

Hook:
There is nothing wrong with love, no
There is nothing, no
Nothing wrong with love [repeat]

They try to make me feel like there’s something wrong with love
But I just don’t . . .

Bridge:
There is nothing wrong with spending time with someone
Wanting to share your life with ‘the one’
There’s nothing, there’s nothing, there’s nothing wrong with love!
Oh, love!

Ad – libs over Background Vocals:
-

End:
Ooh, there’s nothing wrong with love
Logging off!

©2009
Written by Michael Ashanti
Produced by Michael Ashanti and Heavy Duty Productions

All Vocals: Michael Ashanti
All Instruments: Tony Toolz of Heavy Duty Productions

Ocean

Written By: Michael Ashanti

Intro:
Virgin Isles to the coast of Mexico
Hawaii, Bali, the party’s back in Rio
French Riviera, Ibiza or Mykonos
It really don’t matter
It’s to the Ocean where I go

Hook:
I gotta get away
Get away to the Ocean
Where I can feel the sunshine on my skin
Be myself again
Feet in the sand, face to the wind
I get away again to the Ocean

Verse 1:
Living hard in this city
Stresses of life are pulling on me
Can’t let the negative get to my head
So much chaos and instability
Heard something ‘bout the war and the economy
I rather be somewhere else instead

Hook:
That why I get away
Get away to the Ocean
Where I can feel the sunshine on my skin
Be myself again
Feet in the sand, face to the wind
I get away again to the Ocean

Verse 2:
When I feel I can’t take no more
Concentration and focus is on the low
Fragmented, disconnected from the flow – oooh
I know there’s a special place for me
Where troubles are gone and I’m care-free
I’ve got my bags packed and I’m ready to go – hey!

Hook:
I gotta get away
Get away to the Ocean
Where I can feel the sunshine on my skin
Be myself again
Feet in the sand, face to the wind
I get away again to the Ocean

Bridge:
Like where the sand reaches the shore
It feels like making love and the afterglow
Won’t let nothing bother me
Let the rhythm of the Ocean control me

Ad-libs

Hook:
I gotta get away
Get away to the Ocean!

Breakdown:
I really want to get away
Get away to the Ocean
I really want to get away to the Ocean!

Ad-libs to End

©2009
Written by Michael Ashanti

Words

Written By: Michael Ashanti, Donald Wood a/k/a Cleveland Allen

Introduction:
It’s not the things you say
But it’s the things you do
That let me know just how much you really care
Shhh, be quiet!

Verse 1:
At the dawn of another day
When the sunlight exposes her rays
And darkness gives way to light

You open your eyes and you turn to me
And I can see all that I want to see
No need for words to tell me why

Hook:
It speaks to me
Your energy
That’s why words mean nothing to me
Your actions speak clearly now

Verse 2:
Sometimes the words just get in the way
Of the very things you want to say
Defies the laws of a logical mind

Don’t get me wrong, I like it when you say
that you love me
Yes, it makes your day
But it’s the things you do that give me life

Hook:
It speaks to me
Your energy
That’s why words mean nothing to me
Your actions speak clearly now

It speaks to me
Your energy
That’s why words mean nothing to me
Your actions speak clearly now

Bridge:
It’s like a songwriter without a song
Forgot the lyric, it won’t last for long
But I don’t need words to know that you love me

And like a poetess without the rhyme
Iambic pentameter still ain’t keeping time
I don’t need words
to know that you really love me

Hook:
It speaks to me
Your energy
That’s why words mean nothing to me
Your actions speak clearly now

It speaks to me
Your energy
That’s why words mean nothing to me
Your actions speak clearly now

End:
No need (uh!)
No need for words
No need, no!
No need for words
You don’t have a need for words

No need, no!
No need for words
No need
No need for words, no!
You don’t have a need for words

No need for words

Discography

Fall 2010:
Michael Ashanti - Jet setter: Soulful Journeys (full-length CD project to be released)

2010:
Michael Ashanti - 'the Internet (There's Nothing Wrong with Love)'
receiving video airplay on Logo Channel - MTV Networks and support on internet radio streams

2007:
Michael Ashanti – 'All of Me' (Debut Album)

Other Projects:

2004: Digg Deep – 'InDiggNation' (Session Vocalist)

2002: Kristin Hoffman – 'Live' (Background Vocalist)

1997: Sony Music Employees Christmas Album – 'And Peace On Earth' (Featured Soloist on 'Do Not Be Afraid')

Set List

For festivals: Customize each performance according to the restrictions of the event. However, the performance will consist of originals and up to 2 covers, if allowed.