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Biography for Cassie Ventura

Casandra Ventura (born Aug. 26, 1986 (32 years ago)), known by her stage name Cassie, is an American singer, model, dancer, and an occasional actress. Cassie was born in New London, Connecticut, and moved to New York City after graduating high school to continue her music and modeling career. After being introduced to music producer Ryan Leslie, she was signed to his music-media company, NextSelection. Leslie wrote and produced Cassie's first single, "Me & U", which became a major hit in 2006 (12 years ago).

The singer's self-titled debut album, Cassie, was released on Aug. 8, 2006 (12 years ago). Two singles were released from the album, "Me & U" and "Long Way 2 Go", which sold 321,000 copies in the U.S. Before the album's release Leslie convinced Sean "Diddy" Combs to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie's NextSelection imprint for the release of the album. Following rocky live performances, Diddy said that he would be working with Cassie to develop her music career. Cassie's second studio album, titled Electro Love, is scheduled to be released in 2010 (8 years ago). Three singles have been released, "Official Girl" featuring Lil Wayne (5 walls), "Must Be Love", featuring Diddy, and "Lets Get Crazy" featuring Akon.

Early years

Casandra Ventura was born in New London, Connecticut, to a Filipino father and Mexican/African American mother. She attended The Williams School, a preparatory school in New London, Connecticut. She trained as a singer and dancer, and took voice lessons. When she graduated from high school in 2004 (14 years ago), she decided to pursue her career in modeling and singing.

Career

2006–2007: Cassie

After high school, Cassie moved to New York City, and continued modeling, as well attending classes at the Broadway Dance Center. Meanwhile, music producer Ryan Leslie spotted her at clubs and parties in late 2004 (14 years ago) frequently. The two wrote a duet called "Kiss Me", and after recording the track, Leslie played the song for music executive Tommy Mottola. Mottola offered Cassie a management deal, and Leslie signed her to his music-media company, NextSelection. Leslie wrote and produced Cassie's first single, "Me & U", in 2005 (13 years ago). The song became a club hit in Germany, where Cassie later traveled on a promotional tour.

During this time, Diddy heard "Me & U" in a club, and Leslie convinced him to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie's NextSelection imprint for the release of Cassie's debut album. The album, Cassie, was released on Aug. 8, 2006 (12 years ago) and sold 321,000 copies in the US. Lead single "Me & U" peaked at number one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100, selling more than 1 million digital downloads. Her follow up single, "Long Way 2 Go", was less successful, peaking at 97 on the Billboard Hot 100. To promote her album, Cassie performed on Total Request Live and 106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live. Her performances were described as "rocky" and "less-than-stellar", but Diddy said that it was due to her inexperience. He said that he would be "with her through her development", and that he has no "question on her ability [to sing]". Cassie addressed the events on her MySpace page, saying that she is aware that her performances were "pretty bad", and that she was "still getting over stage fright".

2008–present: Electro Love

MTV News reported in Jun. 2007 (11 years ago) that contrary to rumors, Cassie had not been dropped from Bad Boy Records after releasing two singles from her self-titled debut album. Diddy said that she was in the studio working with producers Kanye West and Pharrell Williams on her second album. The singer also collaborated with Ryan Leslie, Swizz Beatz, CT, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Rodney Jerkins. Throughout 2008 (10 years ago), enough songs from Cassie's studio sessions were leaked to make up a whole album. Two songs were also officially released in that year, "Official Girl", the album's first single, and "Is It You", a single from the soundtrack, Step Up 2: The Streets. By 2009 (9 years ago), at least 20 tracks had leaked. It was also reported that Cassie was no longer collaborating with Ryan Leslie, who had produced the majority of her debut album.

On Jul. 22, 2009 (9 years ago), Cassie announced that the album's title would be Electro Love. The idea was given to her by DJ Cassidy; Cassie explained by saying that "it's basically the sound of the album. It's not supposed to be taken so literal. 'Electro' could be like house and techno, but that's not what it is, but it's definitely a dance album. I just wanted it to be a reflection of that and the vibe of the music. It has that love song feel to it, but accompanied by that specific beat." Cassie said that she had also collaborated with Akon, The Neptunes, Danja, Eric Hudson, The Surf Club and Rob Holiday, although she was not sure which tracks were going to be included on the album. Three singles have been released from the album; "Official Girl" featuring Lil Wayne (5 walls) in Aug. 2008 (10 years ago), "Must Be Love" featuring Diddy in Apr. 2009 (9 years ago), and "Lets Get Crazy" featuring Akon in Aug. 2009 (9 years ago). All three singles have failed commercially. The album was delayed several times and will finally be released in 2010 (8 years ago) after Cassie got a new record deal in the beginning of the year at Interscope Records.

Personal life

In Apr. 2009 (9 years ago), Cassie revealed that she had shaved all of the hair on the right side of her head. Cassie responded to questions regarding her decision to shave her head by saying that "Sometimes in life you need a change... Something that displays the 'I don't give a fuck' attitude that was always present, but never showcased". While the haircut received positive attention from several artists—including Estelle, Keri Hilson (12 walls), Questlove and Lauren London—rapper Fabolous remarked that her hairstyle was "a publicity stunt/internet buzz thing", and looked "like one of the haircuts from Edward Scissorhands." Others have speculated that she wanted a new edgier look, as it worked for other artists.

In Feb. 2010 (8 years ago) the singer's Twitter account was deleted.

Filmography

  • Barbarian (2003, 15 years ago) as Harem
  • Step Up 2: The Streets (2008, 10 years ago) as Sophie Donovan

Discography

  • 2006 (12 years ago): Cassie
  • 2010 (8 years ago): Electro Love



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