Chante Moore…The Encore

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Her acclaim into stardom is nothing short of astounding. It’s not often that an artist is able to work closely with someone that they themselves idolized as an adolescent and to then discharge past her forerunner. This was an exclusive achievement that she should be proud of. With signature tunes much like Minnie Ripperton, and a glaring persona, as well as youthful appeal, Chante is yet again showering the charts and touring the world. Although we didn’t get curb side seats, we were able to speak woman to woman about her life in addition to current as well as future endeavors:

She notes that her book was a personal victory and an inspiring guide using her own life lessons, “I’ve always loved writing. I’ve kept a journal since I was a twelve. So, it’s always been a part of my life. My journals turned into poems, and my poems turned into songs. I have about 15 or 20 journals now. I had this book in my mind for some time now, and I  really wanted it to be a documentary, and then I thought, “How do you touch more people?”

“It’s really getting the book out so women can hold it in their hand because it’s really a workbook. Not that I’m an expert, but here, learn from my mistakes. Sometimes we learn by falling on our own face, and sometimes if we’re smart we’ll learn from other people’s mistakes, and I have made enough for everybody. Well, being married two or three times now, I really have begun to understand that you really have to look at yourself. I have to look at myself. First and foremost, I’m the common denominator between all of them.”

“When I look back on my decision making, I really have to address the fact that I really wasn’t exactly honest with myself or fair with myself because I knew all three times when I said, “yes” although I did love Kadeem very much,  but when we got married it wasn’t the apex of our relationship. You know, it wasn’t really the time that I was like, “Oh, yes! I’m ready to get married. I was thinking “Maybe I shouldn’t do that right now.” All three times, I have really felt afterward that I had made a mistake. Although this is funny, I love Kadeem so much. He’s really my friend and the father of my daughter. He had  become a great friend and it’s hard to kind of clump him in with everybody, but, I did get married at a time that I really didn’t think I was supposed to get married, to me. I have been through a few marriages and I really wanted to look at me and not anyone else for responsibility. I want to take responsibility for my action, my thoughts, my future, and myself. Being single again has made me look at myself and become honest, make different choices, and have a different outcome from what I’ve had instead of doing the same thing a few times over. I don’t want to make the same mistakes and have the same issues over and over again.”

Although she’s an awesome singer, Chante still has to find the balance between commonality, family, and business, “Well, first of all, priorities are very important, and if you keep them straighter, you’ll probably have less of a problem, although we all have our shortcomings in the times in which we feel overwhelmed. As a working woman, especially, I know that we all feel that. Any woman that goes to work at any point feels guilty for leaving their kid. The reality of it all is that I’m a working progress as well as my kids are first. They are first in my thoughts although sometimes they aren’t first in my choice because I have to go to work. It’s not like I can say, “Well, I love my kids so much, I’m not gonna go to work today.” I have to go to work and support the house because I’m the provider. I have to provide love when I’m with them and money when I’m not with them and to be responsible. It’s a balancing act for all working moms and working dads as well. Some dads are good at putting their hands in, and being good parents as well.”

Chante confirms that she’s had her moments of clarity while on this journey as a consistent songstress and that many women have that if they understand the power that they have even when they don’t use it. “I will say mainly realizing that I have the power to change my future. It’s not just about looking at the past and saying “you know what? That sucks!” I really want to get in a place that I can be more positive towards myself because I punish me when I think I’ve made bad decisions. I have a hard time forgiving myself. That to me was the biggest step, forgiving myself, or making conscious choices that were not the best for me.”

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Moore has an identity that can’t be shaken. She is human and makes human error just like anyone else. “I’m still a work in progress. I don’t think by any means that I have hit the plateau that I’m supposed to be on. But, I do feel very successful with my career being that I’ve been doing this for 20-years. It’s been professionally. You know a lot of people have been singing for a long time and making a living at it. I’m really grateful that I have been able to make a living doing what I love. I’m extremely resilient. Most of the time I’m in a positive place, but not always, we get a little low emotionally. Sometimes it’s just hard to say, “Oh, I’m fine. Everything is fine.” Because we got to put on that face for the world and they are usually watching.  And it’s not always easy to smile when your heart is breaking.”

The inspiring moments are pivotal in a successor’s life. You really need that memory and extra fire to push yourself to the next stages, and Chante declares those moments openly, “Some of the first and most exciting moments have been when I first came out. That was really a time that I enjoyed doing what I do, and my ideas were all fresh and brand new. But that was one of the best times of my life. The beginning when I got to do the Apollo, those kinds of moments are insurmountable, unbeatable, incomparable, you know whatever the word that use for that. I’d love to work with Prince again and I would love to be live on stage with him, Maxwell, Alicia Keys, Drake, and the list goes on. There are so many great artists out there. The list is endless. I believe that’s what makes you new again, it’s working with new people. You can’t just be in your own box and expect to grow. We’re all just shifting and changing and growing. I love it.   I think now is really exciting. I get to look at life completely new. It’s all a new experience because the internet has changed so much and the industry; and I’m doing a different part of entertainment with the play. I feel like I’m still growing and it’s a new plateau for me. It’s exciting for the angle now that I get to have.”

Oh, how we love updates! Chante gives us the rundown on her current endeavors, “Well, the play is an adaptation of the book. It’s not that I’m doing other peoples plays. I am doing my book and it’s a one woman show. So, that’s what I’m working on now. The first opening night was the 6th of January. It’s really an amazing thing because I got to sing act and dance. It’s going to be so much fun exploring the theatrical side of myself and really hone that part of my craft. I have a CD coming out with new songs and some remakes of my old songs because of the one woman show.”

Is there a diva onset of the TV-One reality serious, “R &B Divas?” Well, absolutely, and we get the lowdown about those happenings. “It’s on TV-one.  I don’t really love it. Um, it’s a very strange little animal. It’s very weird because it is reality. But, it’s always a strain and a thought to make sure nothing really crazy happens onscreen cause you’ll never live it down. That’s a little weird sometimes because I’m a really spontaneous person, and luckily thank the Lord; I don’t do and say things I don’t mean. So, that helps a whole heck of a lot. Because if you expect stuff and say things out loud, you can get in big trouble on TV. If I could change something on TV, I wouldn’t do a show like this, I’d do a show more deliberately uplifting.

I would do “Will I Marry Me” as a reality show, helping women gain perspective. I would do something a little more authentically positive. You know with six girls, and six divas, anything is liable to happen, and it does. My mom passed on 20-years ago, unfortunately. I have never done anything really that I’m embarrassed of. I’ve been in the industry for a while. I know what you do, stays with you and it affects people in your life. I try to be a woman of integrity on and off screen so I don’t change into anyone else because the  cameras are rolling. Because of that, I always try to make my mother proud even though she’s not even on this earth anymore. She’s in heaven. My dad lives with me. I have children and I tell them how to live a positive life. Who would I be, and what kind of hypocrite would I be if I were on TV acting a fool, and so I don’t.” That one thing that sits with you that you never forget.”

Thank God for our mothers and their wisdom! “Oh, there is so many things that she said. She definitely was the one that encouraged me to be a singer and be successful no matter what I chose. My mother always told me, “Wash your face every night. Always wash your face, and be a woman of integrity. Stand by what you do and what you say. The other thing she said was is being deliberate because sometimes we can half-hazard run through life, and if you don’t make the choice and you aren’t going to stand for it. You aren’t going to have a future you want if you’re going to wait for it to come to you. You really do have to fight for your rights as a person, fight for your rights as a woman, fight for your rights as an entertainer, and a writer. I really believe it’s necessary to be clear about what my future is and the choices that are really proactive.”

Well, we all have roots, “I grew up listening to  gospel music, and we could only listen to gospel music  because my dad wouldn’t allow it. So, I listened to    Andre Crouch and the Hawkins  singers, but I didn’t miss what I didn’t know what was out there. I didn’t even know who Chaka Khan was until I was 14. My brother when he turned 18-years-old, was allowed to listen to music in the garage. When he went in the garage, I started going in the garage. For the first time, I heard Prince, Minnie Ripperton, Chaka, and    Stevie Wonder, I was blown away.  It was a whole other world that I missed.”   Chante Moore (2) Hi Res

 

Chante leaves forget me nots: “First of all, I love Jesus. The second thing is that my music helps people through things. I believe that every song I’ve written from my heart, reached someone else’s heart. It       encouraged them through a  break-up, or college. I heard that a lot, “Boy, I wouldn’t have made it through college without you, girl!” Those things make a big difference in my perspective and values in my career. There hasn’t been a ton of awards, but there have been enough that I feel valued industry wise. People make the difference. They really make the  ultimate difference. They make the grind, the sacrifice, and being away from home, worth it.”

Chante has philanthropic plights that you didn’t even know about, “My mother’s name was  Virginia. So, I started a foundation called  “Virginia’s Girls.” It’s a non-profit organization for women that want to be encouraged emotionally and physically.  First of all before my mom died, she was involved with encouraging young ladies that were in a halfway home as well as unwed mothers that were runaways and had nowhere else to go. My mother was always at the jail, and doing self-esteem classes. From her teaching me, I’ve been able to teach other women from what I go through, it makes a difference.  You get through something, like hardships, and you really do have a perspective that’s totally different from when someone speaks about something and never does it. My mother taught me, “Take what you learned and give it to the world. That’s your gift to the world.”

Music is more than the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s 8-track phase. It actually evolved. “People have more power now, and can put out a record and the record company doesn’t even need to be a part of it. It didn’t used to be like that. That part has really changed. There are lots of new sounds and there are so many artists out there. I think that’s a good thing that anytime you can gain power over your own life and make positive choices on your own behalf, that’s a plus. Sometimes when you look at it, it’s so weird and so different. But, I don’t mind it being different.”

“I’ve been honored to do this for a living, and it’s not that people had to support, they just have and it’s been a blessing for me. I really enjoy the fact that people still supported me. There are people that have just come and gone and we don’t even remember their name. You might remember the song, or their name and not the song. I’ve been grateful to be able to do this for a living, so I say, “Thank you.”  Don’t forget to buy my latest album, “Moore is Moore.” It’s out now on ITunes, and Amazon.com. The book is “Will I Marry Me?” The concept is to embrace who you are and not forget that you aren’t a total of what you’ve done, but you are a part, and you can grow from your mistakes and not be a victim of your mistakes. Every woman and man is valuable. It’s not about bashing. Embrace the people that you love, because tomorrow is not promised. Love the people that you’re with, and your family. Keep your integrity because it’s all you have.