Gordon Chambers

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Gordon Chambers (c. 1969[1]) is an award-winning American singer-songwriter and record producer who has written songs for over 75 recording artists including Angie Stone, Yolanda Adams, The Isley Brothers, Brandy, Trey Songz, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Usher, Marc Anthony, Jamie Foxx, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Beyoncé Knowles. His #1 hits as lyricist include Anita Baker's Grammy-winning hit "I Apologize", Brownstone's Grammy nominated hit "If You Love Me", Angie Stone's "No More Rain (In This Cloud)", the Grammy nominated theme of Set It Off "Missing You" (performed by Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan) and Yolanda Adams "Someone Watching Over Me". He is the winner of eight awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), has four Dove Award nominations, and his songs have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. Anita Baker won a Grammy for "I Apologize" which he wrote. His songs have been performed at the ESSENCE Awards, American Music Awards, The Goodwill Games and the White House. His prestigious appearances, in addition to acclaimed European and Japanese tours,have included the Essence Music Festival, The Congressional Black Caucus, The Apollo Theater, Constitution Hall, B. B King's and the Kennedy Center.[2]

He was born in the Bronx to parents from Jamaica, his father having grown up in Montego Bay and his mother in Port Antonio and Kingston.[1] Chambers moved to Teaneck, New Jersey in 1977. He wrote his first song at the age of 7 and received guidance from other Teaneck residents, including trombonist Dick Griffin, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Lenny White. At Teaneck High School he learned piano and trumpet, and joined New Progressions, a 16-piece band. In an interview with The Record, Chambers stated that "Teaneck is the place where I had all my musical training" and recalled that "Growing up, knowing that [I] lived in Teaneck gave me something to dream and aspire to: that one day I could grow up and become a professional".[3]

Chambers attended Brown University, where he enrolled in 1986 with plans to major in political science and become a lawyer.[1] He returned to Teaneck after graduating, and it was there he wrote "If You Love Me", the single by Brownstone released in 1994 that reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. While working as entertainment editor for Essence magazine in 1993, an interview with Queen Latifah led to the opportunity to write the song "Winki's Theme" that appeared on her 1993 album Black Reign.[3]

His solo albums have been nominated for Independent Soul Album of the Year by Soultracks.com and have been among CDBaby's top R&B sellers. His first solo album "Introducing Gordon Chambers" was released in 2005. The debut featured special guests Carl Thomas, Glenn Lewis, Sara Devine, Roy Hargrove and Mike Phillips. His second album, Love Stories, was released in 2007 and features soul artist Ledisi. Gordon Chambers upcoming album titled "Sincere" is set to be released on August 29, 2011,[dated info] featuring duets with Sara Devine and Candace Coles, and production by Darien Dorsey, The BeatBanggahz and Jermaine Mobley. The album also includes covers of Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You" and his version of "Missing You", which he dedicates to late mentors Phyllis Hyman and Gerald Levert.[3]

As of 2009, Chambers is a resident of Brooklyn.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Munroe, Norman. "Gordon Chambers: Ja's songwriter to the stars", The Jamaica Observer, February 21, 2003. Accessed May 14, 2009.
  2. ^ Lindsey, Craig D. "The Essence of Gordon Chambers", Houston Press, February 14, 2007. Accessed May 10, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Garcia, Alfa. "With a song in his heart for Teaneck: Native son returns to pay tribute", The Record (Bergen County), May 14, 2009. "For Gordon Chambers, returning to Teaneck to perform is more than just a homecoming; it's a chance to pay tribute to the town that helped him on the road to becoming an award-winning songwriter and performer. 'Teaneck is the place where I had all my musical training,' says Chambers, who was born in the Bronx and moved to Teaneck in 1977. As a student at Teaneck High School, Chambers took up trumpet and piano and joined a high school 16-piece cover band called New Progressions."