Ashanti producer wins $630,000 in royalty claim

September 2005


A US judge has ruled that that Ashanti owes $630,000 to her first producer for breach of contract. The singer was not in court when the jury returned its verdict in favor of Genard Parker, who worked with Ashanti in 1996 and 1997 when she was 16. Ashanti testified during the four-day trial that Parker did not live up to the terms of their deal as he helped her create music in a home studio that was so crude she sang in the bathroom. Parker claimed that he was due a royalty on Ashanti’s album after Ashanti’s mother approached him in 1996 and he produced tracks for Ashanti in anticipation of future compensation. Parker and his team claims that Ashanti and her mother broke the contract and owed them “certain benefits and fees” to the tune of $4 million. Parker argued that Ashanti eventually signed with a record company and that he released her from his contract with the understanding that he could produce two songs on her first album. Ashanti, now 24, has sold more than 6 million copies of two albums, including “Ashanti,” her debut, which garnered a Grammy Award in 2003 for best contemporary R&B album.


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