All of Me
Already hailed as a "potent new voice in contemporary R&B music", the debut CD release from Michael Ashanti, entitled 'All Of Me', delivers a refreshing array of soulful arrangements that showcase smooth yet stimulating vocals over a cross-hybrid of music rooted in R&B and Soul with a commercial appeal. Michael's style of music has been appropriately branded as soul fusion to signify the core presence of soul and gospel-influenced vocals that effortlessly soar over lush backdrops of R&B, house, dancehall/reggaeton, jazz, gospel and pop. His mastery for meshing across genre lines is best heard in his dancehall/reggaeton cover version of the hit R&B ballad "With You I'm Born Again/Contigo Yo Naci" as well as the club-stomping dance single "Hold On". On "With You I'm Born Again/Contigo Yo Naci", Michael blends soulful vocals with a bilingual rap performance and then cradles these elements in the arms of a dancehall groove laced with Latin-styled percussion. A true re-birth, of sorts, is achieved for the 1980 chart-topping classic originally made popular by Syreeta and, the recently deceased, Billy Preston (written by David Shire and Carol Connors). In "Hold On", Michael proves that real dance music lovers are thirsty for both a beat and a message. In this high-energy track, Michael sings of hope and perseverance over a foundation of house music that fuses traces of tribal, electronic, and gospel that give club-goers yet another reason to stay on the dance floor. Michael Ashanti's diversity as an artist reflects the diversity of his personal life. Michael is a New York native born to parents of Jamaican heritage. Right before the age of 7, Michael's father enlisted in the military. This afforded his family the experience of living in North America, Central America, Europe, and Hawaii. On his own, Michael has traveled to 4 continents learning 3 other languages. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the prestigious and historically black university of Florida A&M University (FAMU) and a MBA degree from Pennsylvania State University (PSU). Michael drew upon all of his influences and experiences to bring about the creation of his debut release 'All Of Me'. Through the independent imprint of Ambassador Music, All Of Me is now available for purchase. Tracks from the CD are currently being featured and added to the playlists of various radio formats around the world. In the true form of an ambassador, Michael has already begun to showcase music from 'All Of Me' throughout North America and is currently adding other dates internationally to further promote his debut release. Michael Ashanti c/o Ambassador Music Group P.O. Box 1673 New York, NY 10163 Phone: (212) 252-3568.