Newsday: Ashanti takes a deep breath before letting out a laugh that turns into a scream.
“It’s hard!” she says, laughing about how much her life has changed, going from full-time R&B singer-songwriter to part of the cast of the Lifetime drama “Army Wives” this year. “I feel like I’m in school.” (The series returns Sunday at 9 for its seventh season.)
She rattles off a typical day in her new life — filled with costume fittings, table reads and interviews as well as, you know, the acting. It’s the kind of regimented day that a self-employed, creative free spirit like Ashanti hadn’t seen in a while.
“You know me,” she says, from the show’s set in Charleston, S.C. “I’d get up when I feel like it. I’d go to the studio when I feel like it. I could wear my pajamas to the studio. I could fly to Miami, do some recording, then Jet Ski, then come back and finish the record.
“It’s definitely a different lifestyle, but it’s good,” she continues. “This is a whole new and different opportunity. It’s something I’m exploring in myself and getting a chance to explore my talents and understanding responsibility. It’s been 10 years now of traveling; it’s time for something different.”
After all, next month marks the 11th anniversary of Ashanti-mania, when the then-unknown 21-year-old singer from Glen Cove burst onto the music scene with a string of hits that she co-wrote. It culminated in her smash, “Foolish,” which was No. 1 on the pop charts for 10 weeks and gave her album “Ashanti” the biggest opening sales week ever for a female artist’s debut, a record that still stands.
Ashanti is quick to point out that music is still her first love. And she is working on her fifth album, tentatively titled “Braveheart,” during her free time from “Army Wives,” planning a release around the time the show’s season ends this spring.
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