Rashaad Carlton (sometimes known mononymously as RASHAAD), is an award-winning recording artist, songwriter, model, actor and inspirational speaker. He is best known for his debut single “If You Leave."


Rashaad was born in Detroit, Michigan into a family of singers, musicians, and ministers. He sang his first solo at age six and his first professional recording ("I Love The Lord") at age twelve. 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").


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 a consummate vocalist. Rashaad has since gone on to bring his vocal magic to various stages, including legendary 'Yoshi’s Oakland' and LA's 'Whiskey a Go Go.'

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 developed a following in the US, the UK as well as various other countries around the world. His live, soulful performances have garnered him the honorific title “Prince of Soul” by his fans.

During the summer of 2013, Rashaad 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’ which has since dissolved.

In 2016, Rashaad recorded a song written by the legendary Quincy Jones and produced by veteran super producer Derek 'DOA' Allen titled, "I Thank Heaven" for the Robert Brookins tribute album, "LEGACY".

In January 2017, four years after his debut release, Rashaad released a new single titled “Just Stay With Me” on his own record label ShaadieBoy Ent.

Rashaad has had two singles ("If You Leave" and "Just Stay With Me" respectively) to make the Dimple Records 'Top Sellers' list as well as becoming one of NorCal's top selling indie artists.

Marvin Gaye, Rachelle Ferrell, Donny Hathaway, Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston are Rashaad's top five most influential artists.


  • Sounds of Soul Awards “Best Urban/Soul Artist” [2012]
  • Taste of Soul Awards "Male Artist of the Year" [2015]
  • NCE Music Awards "R&B/Soul Artist of the Year" [2015]
  • Certificate of Recognition (CA State Senate) [2016]
  • Bay Area Black Music Awards "Best Male Vocalist" [2016]
  • NorCal Black Music Awards "Best Male Vocalist" [2017]
  • NCE Music Awards "People's Choice Award" [2017]


  • The Whispers
  • Howard Hewitt
  • JR Castro
  • Pete Escovedo
  • Morris Day & The Time
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Rhonda Ross
  • Sunshine Anderson
  • Q Parker of 112
  • Teddy Riley
  • Dave Hollister
  • Blackstreet
  • Adina Howard
  • Lenny Williams
  • Adrian Marcel
  • LaToya London
  • Amber Holcomb
  • The Main Ingredient
  • Suga T
  • YoYo
  • Lakeside
  • Slave
  • NEXT
  • Kelly Price
  • Maxine Jones of En Vogue
  • Levert II
  • Jay King of Club Nouveau
  • Lecrae
  • Karen White
  • Bo Henderson of The Temptations

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