Actress Tatyana Ali rose to prominence, thanks to her breakthrough performance on NBC’s hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” During her time on the show, the New York native not only got to show off her amazing acting skills but her impressive vocal ability. While the show ended over two decades ago — with reruns readily available — Tatyana recently hopped online to partake in a singing challenge that left fans reminiscing over Ashley Banks.
The #thevandrosschallengechallenge seemingly was started by the Instagram account @theyhavetherang, which found singers tackling Luther Vandross’ hit single “So Amazing.” Earlier this week, the 43-year-old hopped on her social media to show off her singing chops, effortlessly delivering an angelic rendition of the classic 1986 hit.
Fans were blown away by the actress’ talent, many of whom brought up her time on the ’90s show, including one fan who commented, “YEP ASHLEY STILL GOT IT.” Another person wrote, “Giving us flashbacks of Ashley singing RESPECT.”
Several other people recalled memorable singing moments from Ashley Banks. They expressed their wishes to see the “Love That Girl” star hop back in the studio, like one social media user who wrote, “I hope that you will consider pursuing music again. I loved your first album and saw you in concert in 1999. My first concert. I still have my signed cd cover.”
“Awwww….. all I hear is, “why do fools fall in love?” (Showing my age lol) I saw you singing this on an Eddie Murphy comedy special. But great job.”
Tatyana began preparing for her singing career during the show’s last year in 1996. After being asked by the show’s leading actor Will Smith if she’d seriously consider a career in music, she began vocal chord training, recording demos and publicly performing on television and in various informal live concerts.
The singer ultimately released her debut album, “Kiss The Sky,” in 1998, which went certified gold in early 1999, only months after its release. It was heavily supported by its lead single — the Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins-produced track titled “Daydreamin’,” released on July 21, 1998, and peaking at number on the Billboard Hot 100.