Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26: Singer Casandra Ventura – AKA Cassie – is 27-years-ol today.

Casandra Ventura was born August 26, 1986 in New London, Connecticut. Known professionally as simply “Cassie,” the American recording artist, dancer, actress and model began her career as a result of meeting record producer Ryan Leslie in late 2002. The two wrote a duet called "Kiss Me.” 

After recording the track, Leslie played the song for music executive Tommy Mottola. Mottola offered Cassie a management deal, and Leslie signed her to NextSelection Lifestyle Group, his music-media company he founded with his marketing partner Rasheed Richmond.

Leslie wrote and produced Cassie's first single, "Me & U,” in 2005. The song became a club hit in Germany. 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.

Ryan Leslie produced most of Cassie's self titled debut studio album which is a mix of R&B/hip hop/pop. It was released in August 2006, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 top three hit "Me & U,” which became a major hit in 2006.

Cassie began working on her second studio album in 2007 releasing three singles; "Official Girl" featuring Lil Wayne in August 2008, "Must Be Love" featuring Diddy in April 2009, and "Lets Get Crazy" featuring Akon in August 2009, which all failed to chart in the U.S.

In late 2009 Cassie signed a record deal with Interscope Records. On April 11, 2013 Cassie released her debut mixtape RockaByeBaby. The mixtape was promoted with the release of "Numb" featuring Rick Ross and "Paradise" featuring Wiz Khalifa.

Apart from music, Cassie is signed to modeling agency Wilhelmina Models and One Management. Cassie has modeled for Calvin Klein one and has featured in magazines including GQ and Bust and became the face of ASOS 2013 spring collection.

Cassie has appeared in adverts for Delia's, Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Seventeen, and a commercial for Clean and Clear. Cassie is known for being a style icon due to her "edgy style" and "feminine" and "sophisticated" fashion.

Cassie is known for setting the trend among women of shaving their hair, after Cassie shaved hers in 2009 influenced by punk. Cassie cites Kate Moss as her style influence.

Cassie has also ventured into acting. She made her film debut in Step Up 2: The Streets in 2008.
For more about Cassie, visit her Website at-


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