Born: February 17, 1967
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
Chanté Torrance Moore (born February 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, television personality, and author. Rising to fame in the late 1990s, Moore established herself as an R&B artist.
Her debut studio album "Precious" was released in 1992. The album was certified certified gold by the RIAA on November 14, 1994, in the United States, spawning such R&B hits as "Love's Taken Over" and "It's Alright". Released in 1994, her second album, "A Love Supreme", did not achieve the same success as her debut album.
In 1999, her third album, "This Moment Is Mine" was released. The album included "Chanté's Got a Man" becoming her first Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the R&B Chart, which became her signature song and her best charting song to date. She then released three more solo studio albums, "Exposed" (2000) "Love the Woman" (2008), "Moore Is More (2013) and two collaborative albums "Things That Lovers Do" (2003), Uncovered/Covered (2006) both with Kenny Lattimore.
Aside from her success in music, Moore has become a television personality in 2013, being involved in TV One's reality series "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" and remained in the show for three seasons before it was cancelled.
Born to Christian Evangelist parents, she grew up singing in the church and was heavily influenced by the music of George Duke and Lee Ritenour. She was a beauty pageant contestant and model when, at age twenty-two, she was discovered by MCA Records executive Louil Silas.
Moore was signed to Silas' MCA-distributed imprint Silas Records. She had previously been signed to Warner Bros Records by Benny Medina at the age of 19, recording a whole album before being dropped. In 1991, a song "Candlelight and You" featuring Moore's vocals with R&B singer Keith Washington was featured on the House Party 2 (soundtrack) and immediately began recording her solo debut album.
On September 29, 1992, Silas Records and MCA Records released Moore's debut album, "Precious". The album featured production from Simon Law, Bebe Winans, George Duke, among others, peaked at number one-hundred and one on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. The first single, "Love's Taken Over" peaked at number eighty-six and number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts respectively. The album's second single, It's Alright failed to make impact on the Billboard Hot 100, however peaked at number thirteen on the R&B charts. More singles from Precious was released in 1993, "As If We Never Met" and "Who Do I Turn To?". The album was certified gold by the RIAA on November 14, 1994.
On November 15, 1994, Moore released her second album "A Love Supreme" and peaked at sixty-four on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Moore was one of the co-executive producers of the album and co-wrote eight of its songs, along with Fred Moultrie. The albums first single "Old School Lovin'" peaked at number nineteen on the R&B Charts marking her third Top 20 R&B song. Three more songs were released from the album "This Time" (1994), "I'm What You Need" (1995) and "Free/Sail On" (1995).
In 1999, she released her third album This Moment Is Mine which was led by her biggest single to date, "Chanté's Got a Man", written for then-husband Kadeem Hardison. It peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number two on the R&B chart and was certified gold. It was followed-up by the single "I See You in a Different Light" with JoJo Hailey and included as the theme for the film "For the Love of the Game" starring Kevin Costner.
Following her divorce from Hardison, Moore worked with a different set of collaborators for the more contemporary R&B album Exposed which followed in 2000. That included the singles "Straight Up" (produced by Jermaine Dupri) and "Bitter" for which the latter's video continued the saga of the R. Kelly and The Isley Brothers "Mr. Big" story.
In 2002, Moore had the distinction of winning a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single for the song "Contagious," featuring The Isley Brothers and R. Kelly. The song was also nominated for a Grammy award for "R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal."
A year after marrying R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, the two signed as a duet act to Arista Records and released a duet cover album entitled Things That Lovers Do in 2003. The album was promoted with a stageplay named after the album and a music video for the single "You Don't Have to Cry" which shows a prominently pregnant Moore on screen with Lattimore.
In fall 2006, Moore issued a follow-up to the success of Things That Lovers Do, another album of duets with her husband Kenny Lattimore. The duo beat the previous effort with a double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs entitled Uncovered/Covered. The set was led off by dual singles, the Bryan Michael Cox-produced "Figure It Out," and "Make Me Like the Moon," a gospel ballad co-written by Lattimore and Moore and produced by Fred Hammond. Uncovered/Covered was released October 10, 2006 on LaFace/Verity/Zomba Music Group.
During the recording of her duet album with Lattimore, she signed a new solo recording contract with Peak Records, a subsidiary of Concord Music Group.
Moore released her fifth solo album Love the Woman on June 17, 2008. The album's lead single "Ain't Supposed to Be This Way" impacted radio on May 12, 2008.
In 2009, Moore set some dates for a Love the Woman tour, with performances in Los Angeles, and Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she starred with James Pickens, Jr. (of Grey's Anatomy), Vickie Winans, Loretta Devine, Reginald VelJohnson, Rocky Carroll and Kenny Lattimore in a live stage production of Otis Sallid's Gospel! Gospel! Gospel at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in May 2009.
In July 2011, it was announced that she would be the TV host for an upcoming women's fitness reality series sponsored by SportyGirl Fitness. The following year, Moore performed at the 2012 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in a tribute to the late singer Donna Summer.
On January 1, 2013, Moore inked a new record deal with Shanachie Entertainment. She released her sixth studio solo album "Moore Is More" on July 30, 2013 which was preceded by the single "Talking In My Sleep."
In early 2013, it was announced that Moore had joined the cast of the Reality TV show "R&B Divas L.A." with Kelly Price, Dawn Robinson (of En Vogue), Michel'le, Lil' Mo & Claudette Ortiz. They filmed the series throughout the year, and it premiered/aired during the summer. A second season was ordered and is currently filming as of 2014.
In March 2014, it was announced that Moore would start a limited run in Vegas on March 24 in the Bally's Las Vegas legendary show Jubilee!, after Terry Ellis (of En Vogue) had completed her run. The show will be directed by Frank Gatson Jr. and also star Grammy-nominated singer Luke James.
The second season of "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" premiered in July 2014, and Chante released a digital single "I Know, Right?" later that month.
She released her self-help book "Will I Marry Me?" in August 2014. Chante's Manager, Cheryl Cobb Debrosse is producing an adaptation of her book "Will I Marry Me" into a one-woman show in 2015. A third (and final) season of "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" premiered on February 11, 2015.
In 2015, she announced work on a new solo album which would include new material in addition to a few remakes of her songs, due to the experience of her one-woman show.
In 2016, she premiered a new track titled "Ghetto Love" featuring Kurupt on Donnie Simpson's radio show.
Later in July, she appeared on the radio show to premiere her new single "Put It On Fate" of which she filmed a music video on July 13.
In late January 2017, she announced a new single "Real One", released on February 3, 2017. It is the lead single off her album The Rise of the Phoenix. The song proved to be her most successful single in seventeen years, peaking at #10 on the US Adult R&B Songs chart and at #39 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Additionally, she is set to star in the new stage play "Married But Single Too" set to premiere off-Broadway in February.
In February, it was announced her album The Rise of the Phoenix would be delayed to March, and then April the following month. On March 20, she premiered the music video to her single "Real One" which was directed by GVisuals. On June 26, 2017, Moore announced her seventh studio album "The Rise of the Phoenix" would be released on September 9, 2017. On August 7, 2017, Moore released a promotional video announcing the release of her album would be available to pre-order on August 11, 2017 along with revealing the cover art. Then she released her second single Something To Remember, along with a music video. The following day the album's track list was announced. The album premiered on streaming services on September 8th., while the digital release date was rescheduled to September 29th and the physical release for October 20th.
Additionally, she released her first full-length Christmas album titled Christmas Back to You in November 2017 release.
In March 2018, she premiered a new single "One Love" featuring Lewis Sky, ahead of a new EP 1 of 4 set for release on April 5th.
On January 25, 1995, Moore's mother died. It was on her brother's birthday.
In 1996, she had a daughter named Sophia Hardison with Kadeem Hardison. They secretly married in 1997 and divorced in 2000.
She married singer Kenny Lattimore on New Year's Day in 2002 at a private ceremony in Jamaica. Their son Kenny, Jr. was born April 10, 2003. In a July 27, 2011 statement on her Facebook page, she announced she and Kenny Lattimore had divorced.
Her older brother Kelvin Gomillion (born January 25, 1961) died on August 18, 2013.
In her 2014 self-help autobiographical book Will I Marry Me? she made public her first marriage in 1991 (and subsequent divorce) to a childhood friend whom she had dated in sixth grade and was her first kiss at the age of 13.
|1992||NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist.|
|1996||NAACP Image Award Win for Outstanding Soundtrack Album (shared win for the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack).|
|1996||Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year (shared nomination for the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack).|
|1997||American Music Award Win for Favorite Soundtrack (shared win for the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack).|
|2000||Soul Train Award nomination for "Single of the Year, Female for "Chanté's Got a Man".|
|2002||Grammy Award nomination for R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (shared with The Isley Brothers/R. Kelly) for "Contagious".|
|2002||Soul Train Music Award Win for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo (shared with The Isley Brothers/R. Kelly) for "Contagious".|
|2013||UB Honors Win for "Best Independent R&B Album Release of 2013" for "Moore is More".|
|2017||UB Honors nomination for "Best Artist Return Single" for "Real One".|
|MCP Music Awards nomination for "Female R&B Performance of the Year" for "Something to Remember".|
|MCP Music Awards nomination for "Indie R&B Album of the Year" for "Rise of the Phoenix".|
|MCP Music Awards nomination for "Comeback of the Year" for "Real One".|