Once in a while a bright new talent comes along who makes you sit right up and forces you to pay attention. Now the time has finally come for the talented songwriter / singer from the Western Cape, CHANÉ to share her talent with South Africa and the rest of the world. Music critics is of opinion that she will soon be one of South Africa’s bright new stars that will make a break-through in the international market as well.
She’s been writing songs since she was nine years old and her first radio single, SPEAK, has just been released locally and will hit the international radio circuit soon. This captavating single was created after spending a fun-filled afternoon of “chasing the sunset” with one of her friends and promises to resonate with listeners of all ages. The song was produced by the well-known production house, StoneBear & Mayor Records and mastered in New York at one of the most prestigious studios in the world, Sterling Sound by the brilliant mastering engineer, Randy Merril. He is also responsible for the mastering of the music of some of the most famous singers and stars in the world like Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Liam Gallagher, BTS, Imagine Dragons and many others.
Although she initially only wrote three-thirds of the song before chucking it on her ‘scratched out song pile’, it surfaced again about six months later. “I finished the song but didn’t expect much from it at first. But once my producers, Helmut and Lukas, heard the catchy tune, musical extravagance got hold of us all,” explains the singer.
According to CHANÉ, SPEAK is a song of hope and faith. “It is a song about a modern-day Samuel. It came from a place of wanting to hear God’s voice and seeking him through rainy days and journaling alone in coffee shops with questions and my artistic hand to inspire me,” she shares. “SPEAK in itself is a testimony of how God uses the very thing that we want to throw away to change our lives.”
The single, with its modern synth pop sound, was created with a diverse audience in mind. “I believe that listeners will enjoy the style of the song, as well as the on-edge statement and melody that it holds. I didn’t want my single to be a typical worship song. The idea is that everyone should be able to enjoy Christian music just as much as they enjoy other genres of music.”
Born in Cape Town and raised in East London and Worcester, CHANÉ currently lives in the Western Cape. Her talent was discovered and nurtured from a very young age, and she decided early on that she wanted to share this incredible gift with all. She used to sing in church growing up and has obtained several music qualifications over the years, including a grade 7 certificate in Classical Guitar from Trinity College and a grade 5 qualification in Acoustic Guitar from Rock school.
When she is not busy writing and recording songs, she works as a project manager at StoneBear and Mayor Records, enjoys painting and sketching as a freelance artist, helps with praise and worship initiatives at several churches locally and abroad and is also involved with a feeding project at Avian Park in Worcester.
CHANÉ draws inspiration for her music from emotions and stories and says: “I have always been inspired by the realness of humanity that stands alongside my profound faithful and loving God.”
She enjoys listening to various genres and believes that there are different kinds of music for different occasions. “I enjoy listening to jazz, golden oldies and Latin when I am painting and Andrea Bocelli when I am cooking. Worship, as well as Brandon Lake, For King and Country and Taya Smith’s music, can also be found on my playlist.”
This incredible and inspirational singer’s aim is to reach as many people through her songs as possible. “I plan on making music my career, and putting Jesus at the centre of that,” she says. “I would love to see my music make an impact in people’s lives and re-shape the way we think about Christian solo artists.”
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