Tatyana Ali (born Tatyana Marisol Ali on January 24, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is well-known for her role as Ashley Banks on the popular ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” but what people may or may not know is that she is also a singer.
By the time Tatyana appeared on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” she had already appeared on “Sesame Street” & appeared twice on “Star Search.”
Her “Fresh Prince” co-star Will Smith asked her if she seriously considered pursuing a musical career.
After the last season of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” Tatyana began working on her debut as a singer. On July 21, 1998, Tatyana released her debut single “Daydreamin'” which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 20 weeks) & #2 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart.
Internationally, the song was successful, peaking at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart and #5 on Billboard’s Canadian Singles chart. On August 25, 1998, she released her debut album “Kiss the Sky” which peaked at #106 on the Billboard 200, #47 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums
The song peaked at #40 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #68 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. It was successful in the U.K., peaking at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart.
On June 22, 1999, the last single from the album “Everytime” was released.
It peaked at #118 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #20 on the U.K. Singles chart and #73 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
By late 1999, Tatyana was dropped from her record label. Despite that, she continued with her acting career & attended Harvard University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in African-American studies & government in 2002.
These days, Tatyana continues to act in movies and television. From 2010 to 2012, she starred on the TV One network sitcom “Love That Girl!”
In 2013, she was a cast member on the short-lived BET Network sitcom “Second Generation Wayans.” In 2014, Tatyana made a comeback to the music scene, releasing the EP “Hello” which is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
To see the music video for “Daydreamin’,” go to:
To see the music video for “Boy You Knock Me Out,” go to:
To see the music video for “Everytime,” go to:
To see a short film about Tatyana’s EP “Hello,” go to: