Casandra Ventura, known as Cassie, was born August 26, 1986. She was born in New London, Connecticut to a Filipino father and an African American mother. She began modeling at 14, and by the time she was 16, was modeling for local department stores, fashion catalogs, and Seventeen. While she was still in high school, her producer encouraged her to take vocal lessons, learn modern ballet, and use her school’s performing arts program. Upon graduation, she decided to move to New York to take dance classes at Broadway Dance Center while she continued to model.
After continually keeping Cassie on his radar, famed recording artist and producer Ryan Leslie signed her to his label. Their partnership resulted in Cassie becoming one of the fastest rising R&B acts of 2004. In 2006, she released her hit single ‘Me & U’ and then her first album labeled Cassie. In 2013, she released the RockaByeBaby mix tape which was named best mixtape of the year by Dazed & Confused. She has collaborated with artists such as Diddy, G-Eazy and Wiz Khalifa.
In addition to singing, Cassie has had acting roles in movies like Honey 3: Dare to Dance, Step Up 2: The Streets, The Perfect Match, and television show appearances. She continues to model for companies like Victoria’s Secret, Target, Walmart, Abercrombie. In 2013, she was the face of both Forever 21 and ASOS collections.
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