Keshia Chanté (album)

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Keshia Chanté
KeshiaChante.jpg
Studio album by Keshia Chanté
Released (Standard) June 22, 2004 (2004-06-22)
Genre
Length 53:39 (standard edition)
Label
Producer Perry Alexander, Young Gavin, Kuya, Lonnie Szoke
Keshia Chanté chronology
Keshia Chante
(2004)
2U
(2006)

Keshia Chanté is a self-titled debut studio album by Keshia Chanté, released by BMG in Canada on June 22, 2004 and was certified gold. The album received positive reviews from critics and industry insiders, winning numerous awards, including a Juno Award for "R&B/Soul Recording of the Year" making Chante the youngest winner. The album garnered numerous awards and accolades.

Singles[edit]

The album features the singles "Shook", "Unpredictable", "Bad Boy", "Does He Love Me?" ft. Foxy Brown and "Let The Music Take You". The album was certified gold.[1]

Her debut single "Shook (The Answer)" was released in early 2003, when Chante was only 14 years old. It won an Urban Music Award for "Best Pop/R&B Single". The follow-up, "Unpredictable" went #3 on both radio & video charts,[9] she released her first video, which hit number one on YTV and the top ten on MuchMusic. In November 2003, the CD single of "Unpredictable" was certified gold. Because of that single, in 2003, she won the Canadian Radio Music Award for "Best New Solo Artist". In early February 2004, Chanté's third single, "Bad Boy", was released. It was also successful, breaking the Top 10 on radio and sitting at #3 on MuchMusic for 4 weeks before later earning the #1 position on the chart. The video was directed by director Little X.[10] Later, in June 2004, Chanté topped the charts again (Top 5) with the release of her fourth single "Does He Love Me?" ft. Foxy Brown, which Chanté & Foxy Brown wrote and "Young Gav" (Foxy Brown's older brother) produced. The video was also directed by Little X and became #1 on MuchMusic for 3 weeks. The video also garnered her an Urban Music Video Award for "Video of the Year". On June 22, 2004 Chanté released her self-titled debut album. On December 3, 2004 it was certified gold. It contained her previous singles, as well as her later to be released fifth single "Let the Music Take You", also penned by Chanté. In October 2004, at the Canadian Urban Music Awards Chanté swept all three of her nominations, winning awards for "Best New Artist", "Video of the Year" (for Bad Boy), "Fans' Choice Award" and by surprise taking home the "Rising Star of the Year" award.[8] In that same month, she also sang the national anthem at the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup championship game.[11]

In December 2004, Chanté headlined a concert at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for New Year's Eve.[12] In February 2005, Chante won Chartattack Awards for "Best Album" and "Sexiest Female". During the same month, she was also selected to represent Canada at Expo 2005 held in Japan. In July 2005, Chanté went on a cross-Canada mall and venue tour sponsored by Solo Mobile (Bell), EckoRed and SPC sponsored Chante's tour across Canada which helped raise awareness for the phone counseling service Kids Help Phone. In September 2005, Chanté performed on tour with Destiny's Child throughout Canada during their Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It tour, and is also included on the Destiny's Child Live In Atlanta Tour DVD. In October 2005, Chanté received four nominations at the Urban Music Awards.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]

Tara Henley of The Georgia Straight noted that beneath the slickly produced, hip hop–tinged, pop veneer of tracks like "Shook (The Answer)" lies an arresting voice, magnetic charisma, and driving ambition.[3]

Unpredictable[edit]

A track features an interpolated melody from "I Ain't Mad At Cha" by Tupac. Denise Sheppard from Amazon said Unpredictable was "a sugar-pop track that definitely appealed to her younger audience.'"[4]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Unpredictable went #1 on both radio & video charts; video charts including MuchMusic & YTV's Hitlist.[5]

Bad Boy and Does He Love Me went #1 on the MuchMusic video charts.

All 5 singles were Top 10 at radio.

Does He Love Me won the SOCAN No.1 Award[6]

Bad Boy won the SOCAN No.1 Award[6]

Track listing[edit]

Keshia Chanté — Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"
  • Adam Alexander
  • Chante
  • Chris Perry
  • Jermaine Scott
  • Perry Alexander
0:41
2. "Does He Love Me" (featuring Foxy Brown)
  • Young Gavin
  • Ty Fife[a]
3:39
3. "Spinnin'"
3:50
4. "Unpredictable"
3:35
5. "Bad Boy Interlude"
  • P. Alexander
1:20
6. "Bad Boy"
3:44
7. "Singles Night"
  • Mark Sheehan
  • Daniel O'Donoghue
  • Alex Greggs
  • Paul Brown
  • Alex G
  • Mark Sheehan
  • Daniel O'Donogue
3:53
8. "Let the Music Take You"
  • Lonnie Szoke
  • Kenny Krush
3:59
9. "Slackin' Producers Interlude"
  • P. Alexander
0:27
10. "Shook (The Answer)"
  • Desman
  • Camara Alford
  • Robert Gerongco
  • Samuel Greongco
  • Albert Johnson
  • Kejuan Muchita
  • P. Alexander
  • Alford
4:12
11. "Tonight"
4:04
12. "Together" 4:03
13. "True Colours"
  • A. Alexander
  • GayleGayle
  • Perry
3:51
14. "Little Things"
  • A. Alexander
  • Gayle
  • Perry
3:23
15. "Come Fly with Me" (includes 16 seconds of silence at the end)
  • A. Alexander
  • Gayle
  • Perry
4:24
16. "Bad Boy (Reggae Remix)" (featuring Shakari Nyte and Jelleestone)
  4:41
Total length: 53:39
Sample credits

Awards[edit]

Won: Urban Music Association of Canada Award for "Best R&B Artist." Canadian Radio Award for Best New Solo Artist Urban Music Award for "Best New Artist Urban Music Award for "Video of the Year" for Bad Boy Urban Music Award for "Fans Choice Award"

three Urban Music awards, garnering honours for best new artist, video of the year for Bad Boy and the fans’ choice award.[5]

Singles[edit]

  • Shook (The Answer) (2003)
  • Unpredictable (2003)
  • Bad Boy (2004)
  • Does He Love Me (2004)
  • Let The Music Take U (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum". Cria.ca. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  2. ^ Keshia Chanté at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  3. ^ Henley, Tara (2004-09-09). "Keshia Chanté Handles Success Like A Veteran | Vancouver, Canada". Straight.com. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.ca/Keshia-Chanté/dp/B00028U67W
  5. ^ a b "Keshia Chanté To Sing National Anthem At Grey Cup". OttawaStart.com. 2004-10-23. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Juno Awards 2005 Winners". The Canadian Music Scene. Retrieved 2011-09-03.