Name:
Cassie
Birth Date:
1986/8/26
Birth Place:
New London, Connecticut, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her debut album Cassie with single Me & U (2006)
Profession:
Singer, Model
Education:
The preparatory Williams School on the Connecticut College campus in New London, Connecticut (graduated in 2004)
BIOGRAPHY
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Me & U

Background:

“I perceive myself like J Lo because she's a fashion forward, classy, and could bring it to the hood or Fifth Avenue. At the end of the day you need to make it larger than life.” Cassie

American R&B, pop and hip-hop singer, fashion model and actress Cassie, also known as Cassie Ventura, enjoyed whirlwind success with her first single “Me & You,” off her debut album “Cassie” (2006). Released in 2005, “Me & You” was a major hit in dance clubs and went on to reach No. 3 and No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop, respectively, and stay on the top forty for almost five months. Outside the U.S., the song also became a major hit in other countries like the U.K., France and Canada, where it peaked at No. 1. Despite the big commercial success of “Me & You,” which went platinum, “Cassie” only sold about 321,000 copies in America and 630,000 worldwide.

Signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy, Cassie has been the face of retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, Target, and Missy Elliot’s Adidas clothing line. She released a new album in February 2009. The first single of the album, “Official Girl” (featuring Lil Wayne), hit radio stations in September 2008.

As an actress, Cassie made her debut playing Sophie in the box office hit “Step Up 2: The Streets” (2008), opposite Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman and Adam G. Sevani. She also contributed to the soundtrack with the single “Is It You,” which became a Top 10 R&B hit in the U.K.


Cassandra Ventura

Childhood and Family:

“My family has always been supportive. My mom's in my corner. When I used to go on modeling auditions and I had to travel back and forth to New York City a lot and if I looked stressed, she'd ask me if this is what I wanted to do. My dad is there for me too. He would take me into the city when I was 14 to meet with modeling agencies. I also have an older brother, Rod. He's my best friend.” Cassie

Born Cassandra Ventura on August 26, 1986, in New London, Connecticut, Cassie is multiracial. Her mother is of African-American, Mexican and West Indian lineage and her father is Filipino. She attended the ISAAC (Interdistrict School For Arts And Communication) middle school, which was founded in 1998, and became one of the first groups of students to graduate from the school in 2000. She then went to the preparatory Williams School on the Connecticut College campus in New London, Connecticut. Upon graduating in 2004, she moved to New York City to pursue modeling and singing careers. She also took classes at the Broadway Dance Center.


Is It You

Career:

“Personally, I believe that my job is just as important as any other woman's job. I feel like entertainers can set an example. I want to be the person that kids listen to when they won't listen to their parents. Not in a negative way, but in a progressive way. I obviously know what it's like to be a teenager because I am one. I've just grown up really fast for someone my age. I feel that if you're given the opportunity to be an 'idol' as they say, you better do it right. Being able to look up to someone when you're younger is a must, not to be them but to learn from the good and the bad in them. I hope that young girls learn from my mistakes.” Cassie

Born and raised in New London, Connecticut, Cassie started her career as a model when she was 14 years old. Within two years, she had modeled for local department stores, Seventeen magazine and Delia’s fashion catalog.

Moving to New York City after completing high school, Cassie resumed her modeling career to support herself while she chased music and began her training at the Broadway Dance Center. A singer at clubs and parties, she took formal voice lessons at the suggestion of producer Rockwilder, Cassie got her first break when music producer Ryan Leslie spotted her in late 2004 and they worked together in a duet called “Kiss Me.” Thanks to Leslie, who played the song for the record executive Tommy Mottola, Cassie was offered a management deal with Casablanca. Leslie also quickly signed her to his label, NextSelection, and wrote and produced a first single for Cassie titled “Me & U.” Released in 2005, the R&B song “Me & You” received big success on the Internet and became a download hit on iTunes. It also became a club favorite in Germany and put Cassie on the radar of producer/rapper and founder of Bad Boy Recordings, Sean “Diddy” Combs, who agreed to partner with Leslie to produce a debut album for Cassie.

“Cassie” was released on August 8, 2006. Produced primarily by Ryan Leslie, the album debuted at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold over 100 copies in its first week. It remained in the top 20 for two weeks, in the top 40 for three weeks and on the chart for an impressive twelve weeks. The album included “Me & U” as its first single, which in 2006 the song rose to No. 3 on U.S. Billboard's Hot 100, No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Pop 100 and No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. “Me & U” also became a top 20 hit in several other countries, including the U.K. (#6), Ireland (#9), France (#8), Australia (#12), Germany (#12) and Denmark (#17). The song was certified platinum by RIAA on December 14, 2006.

“Long Way 2 Go,” a second single from “Cassie,” did not get the same triumph as its predecessor. The song failed to break the Top 50 and only peaked at No.97 on Billboard's Hot 100 and No. 86 on Billboard's Pop 100. While it was considered a flop in the U.S., “Long Way 2 Go” enjoyed a significant chart performance in Europe and became a Top 20 hit in the U.K., Ireland and France. The music video of the song rose to No. 3 on MTV TRL.

Cassie's surprise success in the music industry has led to more modeling work. Represented by the Wilhelmina modeling agency and also signed to NYC's 1/One Management, she was chosen by Missy Elliot to be the face of her Adidas Respect M.E. clothing line and was invited by fellow R&B singer Mario to star in the video for his single “Here I Go Again.” She also worked on a swimsuit spread for Complex magazine, appeared in a commercial for Clean and Clear, and decorated the prime billboard space in Times Square for the Target Corporation.

2007 saw Cassie make a cameo appearance in the music video “Stronger,” a second single from Kanye West's album “Graduation.” She also appeared in Jay-Z's music video for “Roc Boys” from his 2007 album “American Gangster” and supplied background vocals, along with Kanye West and Beyoncé Knowles. The following year, she branched out to acting with a prominent role in the movie “Step Up 2 the Streets” (2008), a sequel to the 2006 film “Step Up.” The film was a success with audiences but largely ignored by critics. Cassie also recorded a track for the film soundtrack called “Is It You,” which was officially released as a single in the U.K. in May 2008. “Is It You” rose to No 10 on the U.K. R&B Chart and No. 52 on the U.K. Singles Chart and also peaked at No. 85 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Recently, Cassie worked on her second album, which includes production work from Ryan Leslie, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Rodney Jerkins and Bryan Michael Cox. The album was released in February 2009 under Bad Boy Records. “Official Girl,” the first single from the album, was released to radio in September 2008 after a digital release a month before.


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