Date and Time
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 8:00pm
Pop balladeer Chante Moore enjoyed a resoundingly positive response to her 1991 debut album, Precious, and she continued to explore romantic musical terrain with equal success in her second release, A Love Supreme. While Precious presented her mellow pop style with jazz underpinnings, 1995’s A Love Supreme instead highlighted her earnestness and playful personality and allowed Moore to grow comfortably into her early success. She cowrote 14 of the songs on her second album and branched out as coproducer as well. Moore fuses soulful ballads with rhythm and blues, pop, and jazz. YSB magazine’s Sharon Dukes wrote, "Only in her twenties, Moore is a talent whose blend of jazz and R&B continues to surprise and capture listeners from all generations. Listen to the music… smooth lyrics that swirl and soothe, over sensual notes, but with a strong message."
Moore’s first album was so successful that she was featured in a one-hour BET special, Candlelight and You: Chante Moore Live. She has been compared to Roberta Flack, Sade, and Diana Ross and has seemingly incorporated elements of all three legendary singers: the dulcet tones of Ross, the thoughtful songwriting ability of Flack, and the smooth elegance of Sade. Moore told Dukes, "You can’t grow up in America and not have influences from all the greats. I don’t pattern myself after anyone in particular… I really sound like my mom!"
The youngest of three children, Moore was born to a Church of God in Christ minister and his wife in San Francisco, California. The family moved to San Diego when Moore was twelve. She was raised in a musical atmosphere: her father played the piano and her brother played the drums, and she sang in a church choir throughout her childhood. Although she never performed a public solo because she was too shy, she used to sing at home all the time. She told Ebony magazine’s Aldore Collier, "My family used to make me be quiet. They would say, ‘Shut Up, Chante. Don’t sing all the time.’… I sang with all the gospel albums, primarily Andrae Crouch and Edwin Hawkins." Moore’s other early influences were Tremaine Hawkins and The Imperials. Her father loved jazz music and played it often at home.
At the age of 16, Moore was asked to play Dorothy in a musical production of The Whiz. She told Collier, "That was the first time I ever sang anywhere publicly. This lady from the church asked me to be Dorothy because I was so young … she wanted me to sing and that didn’t make sense. But I learned… I didn’t know I could touch people vocally. A little bug was put in my head." After her experience in The Whiz, Moore decided to pursue
music professionally. She participated in local musicals in San Diego, and occasionally had the opportunity to meet people in the music industry.