Rashaad La'Tjuán Carlton, known mononymously as RASHAAD, is a Hebrew-American recording artist, songwriter, model, inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher, and one-fourth of the super group, 'Abbey Road Band'. He is best known for his debut single “If You Leave."
|EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION|
Rashaad was born in Detroit, Michigan into a family of gifted singers, musicians, and ministers. He sang his first solo at age 6 and his first professional recording ("I Love The Lord") at age 12. Rashaad attended Perkins Middle School before graduating from John R. Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio, where he regularly performed in the school talent shows as well as directing his high school's legendary gospel choir (The Buchtel Gospel Choir later known as the Ben Drone Chorale "BDC").
While a junior in high school, Rashaad secretly recorded a Hip-Hop and R&B song he had written called "Hey Lover," with one of his friends. Secular music was not encouraged in the Carlton household, but the recording was only supposed to be for fun. His classmate's uncle (in whose studio they recorded), heard the track, liked it and unbeknownst to Rashaad submitted it to a local radio station which played it on the air. The response he received was impressive and this gave him the confidence he needed to pursue a professional music career more aggressively. Rashaad would later say that this was his "accidental" secular debut recording.
After graduating, Rashaad went on to write and record numerous songs as a solo artist as well as writing and recording with "AK's Finest: 6ix Fyggaz", a Hip-Hop/R&B group out of Akron, Ohio. He also wrote songs for two gospel albums, both of which he would go on to record the lead vocals. "So Good To Me" was released on the album titled "Worthy" by the gospel group 'BDC' and "Hold On To Your Faith", co-written by Rashaad, was released on Minister Darrell Williams & Anointed Praise's self-titled album respectively.
In 2004, Rashaad moved to California to pursue a spiritual calling and further his music career. He quickly became one of Sacramento's premier voices and was deemed by many of his fans and peers alike as the "best singer in Sacramento." Rashaad has since gone on to bring his vocal magic to various stages, including legendary 'Yoshi’s Oakland.'
In 2012, Rashaad was nominated for three awards (Best R&B Artist, Best Male Urban Soul Artist and the Rising Star “Verge” Award), won the award for “Best Urban Soul Artist” at the Sounds Of Soul Music Awards and in 2015, was nominated and won "Best Male Artist of the Year" at the Taste of Soul Music Awards.
Rashaad has shared the stage with mega acts such as Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Q Parker of 112 (just to name a few), and has developed a following in the US, the UK as well as various other countries around the world. His live, soulful performances has garnered him the honorific title “Prince of Soul” by his fans.
During the summer of 2013, Rashaad signed on with Carter Management and became one of the founding members of a new super group consisting of legendary platinum recording artists Ricky Bell (New Edition, Bel Biv DeVoe), Dalvin DeGrate (Jodeci), and Shazam Conner (H-Town) called ‘Abbey Road’.
Rashaad sites Marvin Gaye, Rachelle Ferrell, Donny Hathaway, Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston as a few of his biggest musical influences.