Chante’ Moore Gets Personal for “Chronicles of Love” Tour!

Chante Moore performing onstage at Center Stage in Atlanta

Photo Credit: Hope West / Written By: Kimberly Kennedy Charles

Chante Moore shared a special Valentine’s gift on the Chronicles of Love Tour stop in Atlanta. The songstress and her friends told us a story of love and relationships that she presented more like a play than a concert.  No actors were involved, but Moore narrated each chapter with personal anecdotes and the scenes unfolded through the music.

The music– that of her own and of other artists– told the story of the past and present highs and lows Chante’ Moore says she experienced during the different “Chronicles of Love” throughout her life. She and her friends sang “grown folks approved” jams like, “Love’s Taken Over”, “Bitter” [with audience participation], “Can’t Do It”, “Ex-Factor”, “Casanova Brown”, “A House Is Not A Home”, “I’m What You Need”, and her newer songs “Real One” and “One Love”.  Of course she brought it all home with the anthem “Chante’s Got A Man”.

Chante’ Moore was gracious when it came to sharing the stage with the friends she brought along– up and coming artists Lewis Sky, Kristal Lyndriette Smith (of the group June’s Diary],  Pippy Ivy and Felly the Voice. There are some artists who do not have the confidence or generosity to prominently feature other, younger, artists during their show. Not only did her friends sing duets with her, but Moore left them front and center on stage singing lead at times. Let it be known that these artists did not in anyway replace Ms. Moore or do her job for her. Each time she emerged from backstage, she was stunning in appearance for all three outfit changes. Each time she lifted the microphone and opened her mouth she gave us every word and every note clear and strong– no mumbling and no whispering.  There was no doubt on our part about her vocal fitness. But, just in case there might have been some in the house, Moore belted out an impromptu, acappella, version of “It’s Alright”– the entire song– and she put that to rest.

Often times when we watch veteran artists perform, it’s with a degree of grace. That means we don’t necessarily expect them to sound or look like they did one, two, or even three decades ago.  It’s not an excuse. We still expect a good show, but we understand that none of us who have lived a bit are what we once were 20 years ago.

Then there’s Chante’ Moore. Not only did the audience NOT have to extend any grace to her or mumble “Bless her heart,” under our collective breath. To the contrary, she may have taught us a lesson on what this grown folks thing is all about.  Ms. Moore, 51,  slapped us in the face as soon as she stepped on stage. She looked fit and fierce and she was in full voice. We didn’t have to give her anything but the applause she was due because she gave a great show.

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Hope is a music enthusiast and continual student of photography. Also known to rock out a quiet church or elevator with her current ringtone, Tom & Jerry’s Uncle Paco, “Crambone”.

Visuals: Chante’ Moore: “Real One”

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Chante Moore Real One Single Cover

Growns, check out the visuals for “Real One” from Chante’ Moore. “I done messed around and found a real one,” says Chante’ Moore in the mid-tempo love anthem is the lead single from her forthcoming 7th studio album, The Rise Of The Phoenix, available digitally and at all retail stores on September 15, 2017.

Chante’ Moore’s most personal album yet, The Rise of the Phoenix is rich with emotion and personal revelations about her life and feelings. Infectious dance tracks, sensual ballads and anthems of heart-and-soul capture Moore’s impressive vocal dexterity, songwriting skills and production ingenuity to thrill her legion of avid fans and quench the soul music lovers longing for real R&B.

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Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.

Chanté Moore Signs With Shanachie Entertainment!

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Great news music lovers, the underrated and greatly missed sexy chanteuse Chanté Moore is back! Fresh off the heels of the announcement that she will be part of the upcoming cast of R&B Diva’s: LA, she has also signed with Shanachie Entertainment. With that, you can expect new music in April 2013. For more details, check out the press release below:

Singer and songwriter Chanté Moore’s voice, stunning beauty and unerring artistic vision have afforded the Gold-selling R&B singer to enjoy an illustrious two-decade career that is rare in this business. “I have been blessed and honored to do what I love for a living for as long as I have,” confides the dynamic songbird. “My fans who have continued with me on my journey have become a part of me and the music.” Moore’s genuine connection with her audience has been forged through her intimate and personal songwriting. Chanté’s effortless combination of R&B soaked in gospel roots, soul accents kissed with a touch of jazz and grace with fire, coalesce on her Shanachie Entertainment debut, Moore Is More (April 23, 2013). Chanté wrote or co-wrote most of the songs featured on the new CD. “My heart is overwhelmed with excitement and joy in life and in my music! I have more to give my fans, more then meets the eye, more of the same and more then what you expect.”

With seven albums, twenty charting singles and collaborations with everyone from Prince, R. Kelly, Boys II Men and El Debarge to The Isley Brothers, Babyface and Raphael Saadiq, singer Chanté Moore was destined to sing. In fact, in French, her name literally means “to sing.” The Grammy nominated, American Music Award and NAACP Award-winning singer’s distinctive vocals have been featured in films like Waiting To Exhale, Beverly Hills Cop III, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Romeo Must Die and Big Momma’s House. No stranger to the silver screen or stage, Ms. Moore has starred in theatrical productions alongside such lauded talent as Loretta Divine and Tisha Campbell-Martin, as well as fellow vocal powerhouses Vickie Winans and Dave Hollister. Moore will star in the highly anticipated TV One reality show spinoff, R&B Diva’s: L.A., slated to premiere June 9, 2013. The show will follow the lives and careers of Moore as well as Kelly Price, Lil’ Mo, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le and Dawn Robinson. Like fellow songbirds Minnie Ripperton, Deniece Williams and Mariah Carey, chanteuse Chanté Moore shares the rare distinction of possessing a spectacularly soaring range. Shanachie Entertainment VP of A&R, Danny Weiss, “I’m super-enthusiastic about working with Chanté now, not only because she is such a brilliant vocalist, but also because she is entering into an exciting new phase in her life both personally and artistically. Moore Is More will manifest that growth and excitement.”
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GFM’s “F!ck Cupid!!” Valentine’s Mixtape!!!

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Yeah, we know it’s “Valentine’s Day” but who said we gotta pay Cupid some damn tribute!!!! If you’re one of those lovesick puppies and hopeless romantics looking for your fix on V-Day, we got your fix but it sure as hell ain’t what you think!!! On this day of love, we wanted to send Cupid a special mixtape! A list of songs that really express our deep passion in the subject of amour. So if love has kicked you in the ass, made a complete fool of you, had you crying like Lenny Williams and broadcasted your shame all over Facebook and Twitter, then welcome my friends to our official “F!ck, Cupid,!!” mixtape!! A Valentine’s mix that is sure to have you burning down someone’s car and lighting a cigarette afterward!!!

And Cupid, in case you missed our sentiments, let us say it again……….”F**K YOU!!!” (in my Cee-Lo voice) Continue reading “GFM’s “F!ck Cupid!!” Valentine’s Mixtape!!!”

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Sonja Marie-Can I Get Some More (Radio Remix) Music Video

Great new music and video from Poet/Spoken Word Artist Sonja Marie who received some well-deserved notoriety for her composition “And I Gave My Love To You” from the classic Waiting to Exhale Soundrtrack. Continue reading “Sonja Marie-Can I Get Some More (Radio Remix) Music Video”

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.