Tatyana Ali is a Broadway-trained actress, singer, activist and graduate of Harvard University. Audiences best recognize the New York native as Ashley, the youngest in the Banks household on NBC’s hit comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Nominated for the NAACP Image Award in 1993 and 1994, she won the award in 1995 for “Outstanding Youth Actor”. She is also the recipient of the 1995 and 1997 Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series”. Now in worldwide syndication, Fresh Prince has secured Tatyana Ali’s place in pop culture history.
Tatyana has since appeared in numerous films, including: Paramount Pictures’ Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd; Sony Pictures’ The Brothers with Morris Chestnut and D.L. Hughley; famed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano’s English-language gangster film, Brother, a Sony Pictures Classics film, and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Glory Road. Nora’s Hair Salon II, the follow up to 2002’s Nora’s Hair Salon, aired on BET and was one of the highest rated movies in the network’s history, second to John Singleton’s Hustle and Flow.
Tatyana Ali’s voice hit the airwaves in 1998 when she recorded her debut album, “Kiss the Sky”, under Epic/MJJ. The hit single, “Daydreamin’”, earned Tatyana a gold record, and the follow-up single, “Boy You Knock Me Out”, went silver in the U.K., earning Tatyana the coveted opening act spot for both *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys on their world tours. In 1999, Tatyana paid homage to “Sesame Street,” the kids’ show that propelled her television career, by recording “Precious Wings” for “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland” soundtrack. The recording won the Grammy for “Best Musical Album for Children”.