Chanté Moore

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Chanté Moore
Birth name Chanté Torrane Moore
Born (1967-02-17) February 17, 1967 (age 47)
Origin San Francisco, California
Genres R&B, jazz, gospel, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990–present
Labels Silas/MCA (1992–2002)
Arista/LaFace/Zomba
(duet act, 2002–2007)
Peak/Concord (2006–2008)
Shanachie (2013-present)
Associated acts Kenny Lattimore R&B Divas: LA

Chanté Torrane Moore (born February 17, 1967 in San Francisco, California) is an award-winning American R&B and jazz singer, songwriter, and actress.

Biography[edit]

Born to a gospel minister's wife, she grew up singing in the church and was heavily influenced by the music of George Duke and Lee Ritenour. Moore has long stated that her musical idol is Pop/R&B Icon Toni Braxton, who Moore sang background for. While in high school, she decided to make a career of singing. She was a beauty pageant contestant and model when, at age twenty-two, she was discovered by MCA Records executive Louil Silas. Moore was signed to Silas' MCA-distributed imprint Silas Records.

Early career[edit]

Chanté Moore began her career as a background singer for Pop/R&B diva Toni Braxton. After being signed, Moore recorded several hit records, including "Love's Taken Over," "It's Alright," "I'm What You Need," "Old School Lovin," and "Free" (a Deniece Williams cover). Moore recorded "Your Home Is in My Heart" with Boyz II Men for the How Stella Got Her Groove Back soundtrack. Moore was also featured on the soundtrack of Waiting to Exhale in 1995 with the songs "Wey U" and "And I Gave My Love To You".

The song, which featured harmonic vocalisations and no actual words, was acclaimed by critics for demonstrating Moore's vocal range, with music reviewer Tracy E. Hopkins at Barnes and Noble remarking that it "showcases Moore's Minnie Riperton–reminiscent pipes". In 1998, Moore also collaborated with musician Keith Washington for the duet "I Love You."

In 2000, Moore earned a Soul Train Music Awards nomination alongside Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey for Single of the Year, Female[1] for her Billboard #2 R&B and #10 Pop hit "Chanté's Got a Man." However, she lost the award to Lauryn Hill. The single was also certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies in America.

In 2002, she won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo for "Contagious" featuring The Isley Brothers. She also appeared on the hit UPN show Girlfriends, singing Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You." Also that year, Moore sang on Kenny G's single "One More Time," which registered on the Smooth Jazz and adult contemporary singles charts.

With Kenny Lattimore[edit]

A year after marrying R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, the two signed as a duet act to Arista Records and released a duet cover album entitled Things That Lovers Do. The album was promoted with a stageplay named after the album and a music video for the single "You Don't Have to Cry" which shows a prominently pregnant Moore on screen with Lattimore. The album also included a remake of the Minnie Riperton and Peabo Bryson duet "Here We Go" on which Moore prominently shows off her whistle register in tribute to Riperton.

In fall 2006, Moore issued a follow-up to the success of Things That Lovers Do, another album of duets with her husband Kenny Lattimore. The duo beat the previous effort with a double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs entitled Uncovered/Covered. The set was led off by dual singles, the Bryan Michael Cox-produced "Figure It Out," and "Make Me Like the Moon," a gospel ballad co-written by Lattimore and Moore and produced by Fred Hammond. Uncovered/Covered was released October 10, 2006 on LaFace/Verity/Zomba Music Group.[2]

Moore and Lattimore recorded a cover version of the Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell duet "You're All I Need to Get By". It serves as the theme song for the BET reality series The Family Crews.

In 2007, Moore starred in the stageplay By Any Means Necessary, along with Dave Hollister, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Shar Jackson, and Danielle Mone Truitt.

Recent activities[edit]

During the recording of her duet album with Lattimore, she signed a new solo recording contract with Peak Records, a subsidiary of Concord Music Group.[3]

Moore released her fifth solo album Love the Woman on June 17, 2008.[4][5] The album's lead single "Ain't Supposed to Be This Way" impacted radio on May 12, 2008.[6]

In 2009, Moore set some dates for a Love the Woman tour, with performances in Los Angeles, and Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she starred with James Pickens, Jr. (of Grey's Anatomy), Vickie Winans, Loretta Devine, Reginald VelJohnson, Rocky Carroll and Kenny Lattimore in a live stage production of Otis Sallid's Gospel! Gospel! Gospel at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in May 2009.[7]

In July 2011, it was announced that she would be the TV host for an upcoming women's fitness reality series sponsored by SportyGirl Fitness.[8] The following year, Moore performed at the 2012 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in a tribute to the late singer Donna Summer.

On January 1, 2013, Moore inked a new record deal with Shanachie Entertainment.[9] She released her sixth studio solo album "Moore is More" on July 30, 2013[10] which was preceded by the single "Talking In My Sleep."

In early 2013, it was announced that Moore had joined the cast of the Reality TV show "R&B Divas L.A." with Kelly Price, Dawn Robinson (of En Vogue), Michel'le, Lil' Mo & Claudette Ortiz.[11] They filmed the series throughout the year, and it premiered/aired during the summer. A second season was ordered and is currently filming as of 2014.[12]

In March 2014, it was announced that Moore would start a limited run in Vegas on March 24 in the Bally's Las Vegas legendary show Jubilee!, after Terry Ellis (of En Vogue) had completed her run. The show will be directed by Frank Gatson Jr. and also star Grammy-nominated singer Luke James.[13]

The second season of "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" premiered in July 2014,[14] and Chante released a digital single "I Know, Right?" later that month.[15]

She is set to release her book "Will I Marry Me?" in August 2014.[16]

Chante's Manager, Cheryl Cobb Debrosse is producing an adaptation of her book "Will I Marry Me" into a One Woman Show in 2015

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, she had a daughter, named Sophia Hardison, with actor Kadeem Hardison. They secretly married in 1997 and divorced in 2000.

She married singer Kenny Lattimore[17] on New Year's Day in 2002 at a private ceremony in Jamaica. Their son Kenny, Jr. was born April 10, 2003. In a July 27, 2011 statement on her Facebook page, she announced she and Kenny Lattimore were divorced.[18]

Her older brother Kelvin Gomillion (born January 25, 1961) passed away on August 18, 2013.[19][20]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Label Artist Title Chart positions Certification
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Gospel
1992 Silas/MCA Chanté Moore Precious 101 20
  • US: Gold
1994 Silas/MCA Chanté Moore A Love Supreme 64 11
1999 Silas/MCA Chanté Moore This Moment Is Mine 31 7
2000 Silas/MCA Chanté Moore Exposed 50 10
2003 Arista Kenny Lattimore
& Chanté Moore
Things That Lovers Do 31 3
2006 LaFace/Verity Kenny Lattimore
& Chanté Moore
Uncovered/Covered 95 10 2
2008 Peak/Concord Chanté Moore Love the Woman[4] 110 14
  • US sales: 25,000[21]
2013 Shanachie Chanté Moore Moore is More 184 27
Compilations
Released Label Title Chart positions
U.S. U.S. R&B
July 28, 2003 MCA Mood (Japan-only release)
May 18, 2004 Geffen 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chante Moore

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[22] Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. R&B Airplay U.S. Dance UK[23] NET
1992 "Love's Taken Over" 86 13 7 54 Precious
1993 "It's Alright" 108 13 12
"Who Do I Turn To?" 83 72
"As If We Never Met" 107
1994 "Old School Lovin'" 19 18 A Love Supreme
"This Time" 61 74 5
1995 "I'm What You Need" 56 62
"Free / Sail On" 11 69
1999 "Chanté's Got a Man" 10 2 2 34 This Moment is Mine
"I See You in a Different Light" (featuring JoJo Hailey) 61 60
2000 "Straight Up" 83 22 22 11 37 Exposed
2001 "Bitter" 166 55 49
"Take Care of Me" (featuring Da Brat)
2002 "Loveable (From Your Head to Your Toes)" 111 Things That Lovers Do (with Kenny Lattimore)
2003 "You Don't Have to Cry"
2005 "Tonight (2 Step)" Uncovered/Covered (with Kenny Lattimore)
2006 "Figure It Out" 124
"Make Me Like The Moon"
2008 "Ain't Supposed to Be This Way"[24] 90 26 Love the Woman
2013 "Talking In My Sleep" Moore is More
"Jesus, I Want You"
2014 "I Know, Right" N/A

Single appearances[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B NET
1992 "You Know What I Like" (with El DeBarge) 14 In the Storm (El Debarge album)
1994 "Satisfy You" (with Damion Hall) 48 Straight to the Point (Damion Hall album)
1998 "Your Home Is in My Heart" (with Boyz II Men) 90 How Stella Got Her Groove Back OST
2001 "Contagious" (with The Isley Brothers and R. Kelly) 19 3 3 Eternal (Isley Brothers album)
2002 "One More Time" (with Kenny G) Paradise (Kenny G album)

Soundtracks and collaborations[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award
1992 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist
1996 NAACP Image Award Win for Outstanding Soundtrack Album (shared win for the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack).
1996 Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year (shared nomination for the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack).[25]
1997 American Music Award Win for Favorite Soundtrack (shared win for the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack).
2000 Soul Train Award nomination for "Single of the Year, Female for "Chanté's Got a Man".[26]
2002 Grammy Award nomination for R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (shared with The Isley Brothers/R. Kelly) for "Contagious".[27][28]
2002 Soul Train Music Award Win for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo (shared with The Isley Brothers/R. Kelly) for "Contagious".
2013 UB Honors Win for "Best Independent R&B Album Release of 2013" for "Moore is More".[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. 2000-02-19. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  2. ^ "KENNY AND CHANTE PLAY MARRIAGE THERAPISTS WITH NEW ALBUM: Couple heeds their calling with "Covered/Uncovered"; God knows Christian marriages need it.". EURweb. 2006-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Chante Moore Signs To Peak Records". FM5280 ~ Smooth Jazz. 2007-07-18. 
  4. ^ a b By Any Means Necessary Biographies
  5. ^ Chanté Moore: Love The Woman. Amazon.com
  6. ^ Mitchell, Gail (2008-04-08). "R&B Briefs: Berklee College of Music, Chanté Moore". Billboard.Biz. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  7. ^ Pickens, Jr., James (2009-05-05). "Gospel! Gospel! Gospel". James Pickens Jr Foundation. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  8. ^ "SportyGirl Fitness Reality TV Casting Call on Saturday, July 30th in Atlanta, Georgia". Prweb.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Chante Moore has joined Shanachie Entertainment". Shanachie Entertainment. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  10. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Moore-Is-More-Chante/dp/B00BKBCIZS
  11. ^ http://www.tvone.tv/shows/r-b-divas--la.html
  12. ^ http://tvone.tv/shows/r-b-divas--la/inside-the-show/two-new-divas-join-la-cast-.html
  13. ^ http://www.superwomanlifestyle.com/exclusive-chante-moore-leaps-rb-divas-historical-las-vegas-show/
  14. ^ http://www.thisisrnb.com/2014/06/tv-one-announces-rb-divas-l-a-season-2-premiere-date/
  15. ^ http://www.singersroom.com/content/2014-07-29/Chante-Moore-I-Know-Right/
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/IAmChanteMoore/statuses/494720513520857089
  17. ^ "Singers Chante Moore and Kenny Lattimore wed in Jamaica". Jet. 2002-02-04. 
  18. ^ "Private Announcement". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/kennylattimore/status/369232752031191040
  20. ^ https://twitter.com/musicalonyx/status/369299809523339266
  21. ^ "http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1043619/ask-billboard-ashanti-nelly-chate-moore-donna-summer-aretha-franklin-blackgirl". Billboard. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  22. ^ Billboard Music Charts - Latest Music News - Music Videos
  23. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 377. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  24. ^ Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales
  25. ^ "Celebrity News, Entertainment News, Celebrity Gossip - E! Online UK". Eonline.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  26. ^ [1][dead link]
  27. ^ http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2002/02/27/Nominees-for-44th-Annual-Grammy-Awards/UPI-61111014831606/
  28. ^ http://www.delux-mag.com/chante-moore-theres-moore-to-t/
  29. ^ [2].

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