Singer and songwriter shares how she broke into the music industry and how she is planning to make waves with her musical flair
What, from your childhood sparked your interest in entertainment, especially music?
I grew up in a musical family and started playing piano from the age of 7. Music has been a big part of my life ever since.
Who has been your role model growing up and why?
My dad. He always taught me how to live a purposeful life and how to treat people in general. He’s hard-working, ambitious and literally always finding something to be productive with, which is one of the reasons why I am so driven in what I do.
Journey us into how you are breaking into the entertainment space, how has the journey been?
I started singing professionally in 2009 and had the opportunity to work with local producers and DJ’s from South Africa. I have done some TV work and also some acting and commercial modelling which created relationships within the industry. The support has been amazing and though I’m still growing as a musician I’m enjoying being independent and learning through trial and error.
What is the best career advice you were given and that you still apply into your career?
Stay true to who you are in a world that is constantly trying to change us into something we’re not. Be unique, different and one of a kind. Surround yourself with people that have the same vision to guide you into making your dreams come true. Perfect your craft and never be idle. Prepare for greatness.
What are your short term and long term career goals in the entertainment space?
To be better than I was at my previous performances and have a sense of style that connects global mentalities. I eventually want to open my own music school and provide kids with the facilities to practice their creative developing skills.
What have been some of the challenges and highlights you have experienced so far?
I wrote ‘Fists of Fire’ for The Fly Chix back in 2013 and it was shooting up the charts for a while on most radio stations. This year has been the most exciting having performed on TV shows such as ‘Expresso’ and Yo TV. My biggest performance was at the ‘Fabulous Woman Awards’ this month, which opened the corporate field to my alternative sound. Generally my music is a breath of fresh air that I am excited to share with the world.
Which artists have you worked with and would love to work with one day?
I have worked with Revolution, DJ Terence, The Fly Chix, Jozi, Tumi Tladi, ICU Music… would love to work with Shekinah, Black Coffee and Mi Casa.
What inspires the music you make and who does it appeal to?
I always think of my music as a soundtrack in a movie. It appeals to a broad spectrum from the youth to more mature audiences. It is an alternative sound that I improvise with genres that I really like such as funk, RnB, trap, neo soul and house.
When can we expect your album and what should SA expect of it?
My album release date will be in February next year. Mega excited about this project as it contains so any different elements of genres with such amazing musical sounds that I was taught over the years of learning the piano and can now apply to my own craft. It’s recent, edgy and filled with tons of personality.
What is your advice to other upcoming artists?
Never give up on your God-given talent. Keep perfecting your craft and stay proactive with your choice of interest. Never EVER give up!
Catch Chanelle tonight performing Live N Reyired at the YFM Lounge, Dunkeld Crescent, 4 Albury Road. Gates open at 20:00 PM and R50 will get you in.
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