For today’s artist feature we were fortunate enough to talk with an incredible artist who has been blessing us with her song for over 2 decades. Chante Moore is one of those voices that can give you chills. She can climb into her whistle register & whisk you away. Since the early 90s we have been slow dancing & loving to songs like Love’s Taken Over, It’s Alright, Candlelight & You, & Wey U. She’s given us Chante’s Got A Man & of course her iconic feature on Contagious. Through reality TV & six albums we have gotten to know a few different sides of Chante. Well, we got the chance to talk to her about her upcoming 7th album, The Rise of the Phoenix, due out digitally September 29th & physically October 15th. We also spoke on love, longevity, the process of creating her music & her journey as an artist & woman. Let’s catch up with Chante…
Can I Talk My Ish: You are about to release your 7th album The Rise of The Phoenix. Tell us about the thought and creative process behind it.
Chante Moore: The first thing is that it’s funny that it’s the 7th album. My favorite number is seven. I was born February 17th. I lie and say 1977, but I was born before that. But still, it’s just so many sevens, and 2017, my birthday was 2/17, it’s just a lot going on this year. So, I believe that there is divine purpose in it. This record has made me feel very renewed in my thoughts. My views about my music and myself as an artist. It is called The Rise of the Phoenix because of that. There are lots of negative things that have happened, I guess to all of us it happens, but I love that I feel renewed in it and that there’s purpose with not giving up and making sure that I have my voice heard. Because everybody wants you to be 12 years old now coming out and I’m not 16, but I’m not 61 either. I’m not a kid, but I am a woman who has learned a lot about love, life, and relationships. My job as a woman, as a person, as an entity, as a soul is to share that. That’s my purpose.
CITMI: Having been through all that you have been through & accomplished what you have, what words would you use to describe yourself as a woman & artist right now?
Chante: I would say resilient. Purposeful. Valuable. Hopefully unforgettable.
CITMI: You have been a part of some iconic collaborations over the years. Are there any special ones for the album?
Chante: There are no vocal collabs. My producer Lil Ronnie, he is @beats4thestars on Instagram and he has worked with K. Michelle, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Usher, and so many more. He is a great producer. I have just enjoyed working with him. His work ethic is above most people that I have heard and seen. I really love that he loves music enough to work hard, he loves the art of making music. It’s not just something that is thrown together. He plays nine instruments and he writes. He sings and he’s been an artist. I just love people who put all of who they are into their music. There are so many great writers and helpers who are on there with me, like Sully the Voice, you’ll hear a lot about him this coming year. Urs Verse, which you know about, she’s written a lot for Rihanna and everybody, Grammy nominated. There is a new guy who I am new to anyway, his name is Sickpen and he’s sick with it for real. I know why he named himself Sickpen because it is just amazing the way he writes, the melodies he chooses. There are just so many talented people that we have, I have been able to work with. I say we because we are a team. It’s been so much fun and it’s just, my hope in music has been renewed while making this record. So I’m just really grateful.
CITMI: What can fans expect from the album as far as the sound?
Chante: Well there’s going to be songs to make love to, songs to dance to, songs to drive around to. Songs to encourage you. I think it’s a little bit of everything and I think that’s what an album is supposed to be, pretty well-rounded. You’re not just supposed to do one thing unless that’s what you intend. You know, sometimes there are slow jam albums. But I’ve been away a little while, maybe like 4 years since I’ve recorded, so I wanted to give a little bit of everything. So I think that’s what you get this record. And then I have a Christmas album I did and it’ll be out in November, so I’ve been really busy working. That album is going to give you four remakes and six or seven original songs, which will be a really, really fun time. I love Christmas, I love the Christmas music and the Christmas lights. I even have Christmas lights up right this second because I just love it so much, but it’s just a part of who I am. I am a person who loves family and that’s a time when we all get together and have a good time. So that’s what I’m looking forward to.
CITMI: We’re definitely looking forward to hearing that as well. You recently posted a video of yourself dancing to Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow, what other songs and artists are you enjoying right now?
Chante: Oh gosh, Eric Bellinger, he’s amazing. Great writer, great singer. I love Rihanna, she’s always good. I’m looking forward to hearing whenever Beyonce comes back. She just makes me sick though. She’ll be like, “Oh twins, pssh,..” and then she’ll come right back out. “And get back to business.” She challenges us all to be great. She must have a great team around her because nobody can be that busy and get all the things that she gets done. Hats off to her as well. So I think anybody out there that’s trying to do good music. There’s always somebody there. It’s not always what’s played on the radio. It is about us supporting those people that we like, not just what the radio chooses for us. It used to be a different state where the DJs were the ones who inspired us by going, “Oh my God, you gotta hear this artist” and they’d play album cuts and give you their favorites and why and the artist would be on the radio and tell about themselves. We’re kind of getting back a little bit to it with so many internet radio stations, but I think we need to take responsibility as grown folks and take back our power and purchase the music that makes us happy, that makes us smile and feel good about love and life and not just having things shoved down our throats.
CITMI: Speaking of that, it has been a while since you have released your debut album and yet the music still holds up. What do you think that it takes to create timeless music that people can enjoy for years and years?
Chante: I think the first thing is that whatever comes from the heart reaches the heart. I believe that people will be your fans or friends or musical supporters, they will connect because they identify with you. So I think if you stay honest musically people will feel that. It doesn’t always mean the success that we look for as artists. We all want to be number one all the time and we can’t be. There’s always going to be an ebb and flow of artists and the ups and downs of it all, but I do love that it’s still a process of learning, growing, and stretching. So I think whatever is to be is going to be. I speak things into existence and in its essence I think that you are capable, but you never know what song is going to be the one. You just never can know which one is going to be the one that lasts that lifetime. I’ve known quite a few producers, writers, and entertainers throughout the years, one that pops up right now is George Duke, who told me about a song called Let’s Hear It For The Boy from the movie Footloose. He hated that song, he said, “I hate it, I don’t wanna do this song”, but that song has lasted and made him more money than a whole bunch of other songs that he’s done. He’s like “I guess I can’t be that mad because honestly I would’ve never known thought that would be the biggest hit that I produced and written”. So you never know, but you try to just do your best. I just hope that people continue to listen and let us grow as artists. We can’t release the same song over and over again. It’s not going to be Chante’s Got A Man, then Chante’s Got A Man Again. It has to be songs that evolve with us.
CITMI: I believe this is the 25th Anniversary of your debut album Precious. How do you feel listening to that music now.
Chante: Memories flood back in so fast, good memories where I remember being so nervous and excited about singing at Showtime at the Apollo. I remember the first time I sang on Soul Train and my dreams were just coming true left and right. I went to Paris to shoot the video and Antoine Fuqua was the director of both It’s Alright and Love’s Taken Over. It was a really great time. My mother was alive then and I just remember her being so excited to see my dreams come true. I sound like a little chipmunk on that album though. I sound like a little kid and I was young and I’m really proud that people love it and that they still come to see me sing. I don’t take any of that for granted. When I’m out there I’m watching the smiles and people popping their fingers and loving each other to my music. I think it’s such an honor. When they say, “Oh my gosh, I got married to your song” and “We fell in love to your whole CD” or “We have children and named them after you”, a lot of that has happened too. That’s just an honor for me. I am flabbergasted and taken back. I know sometimes people want to touch the world and don’t get a chance to, but I’ve had the opportunity to touch people through the years and that’s really cool.
CITMI: It’s amazing. Will you be touring following the release of this album?
Chante: I absolutely will be out there. What you can do is go to www.chantemoore.com and look at the calendar. We will be posting the dates as soon as we have them solidified. You can also look on @iamchantemoore on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Facebook, which is just Chante Moore. But please do support because that’s how we get to be out there and do what we do for a living. Without your support can’t entertain nobody.
CITMI: We are looking forward to listening to the album next week. We know it’s going to be amazing.
Chante: I’m very excited. I’m very proud of it actually. Since my first record I don’t think I’ve been this excited. So I’m looking forward to that.
…And so are we. We would like to thank Chante & her team for taking the time to speak with us. It was truly a pleasure. Please support Chante’s new album The Rise of the Phoenix next Friday. Keep a look out for her Christmas album & check @iamchantemoore or www.chantemoore.com to see when she will be in a city nearest you. Check out her latest single Something To Remember below: