Chandaâ€”Oh, That Voice!
Chanda overcomes a challenge: â€œWhile recording my CD, seven tracks got erased. I wonâ€™t pretend that this didnâ€™t send my head reeling. But eventually, after getting quiet, and really asking myself what I needed to learn from this, I saw that my vision had been too smallâ€”â€?
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Where Sheâ€™s From: â€œI like to say I was born amidst the bump nâ€™ grind of the Windy City in the Disco-Funk Era. My Chicago was full of color, snow, R&B music, church, and school,â€? lovely Chanda Rule tellsÂ The Black Star News. â€œI have a very spiritual and academic family.Â My great-grandmother went back to school when she was 60 to get her GED. She was a role model for my dad, who passed on this fervor for education and knowledge-seeking to me. Along with that, he taught me that my opinion, my hopes and my dreams, always mattered. He encouraged me to love God and express myself.â€?
Chanda attended the Black Mecca of academics, Howard University in Washington, DC and studied Journalism and Advertising. â€œThe spark for my career ignited during my first job after college,â€? she recalls. â€œI was a spokesperson for Oscar Mayer and traveled around in the Wienermobile. I remember singing on stage in this huge auditorium as a joke. But inside I was like, â€˜man, this feels good.â€™ A few years later, after working in Public Relations and Marketing, I did my first musical, Hair, in Amsterdam and Milan.â€?
â€œWhile performing in musical theatre, I released a CD of original R&B music in 2005,â€? Chanda adds.â€?
Where Sheâ€™s At: Many of Chandaâ€™s songs are arrangements of old Spirituals. â€œI believe that the voices of my ancestors are speaking through me, through song. Itâ€™s already developing into more than I can imagineâ€”more singing, traveling, collaborating, creating, building, rejoicing, evolving.â€?
Chanda recalls how she overcame a challenge. â€œWhile recording my CD, seven tracks got erased. I wonâ€™t pretend that this didnâ€™t send my head reeling. But eventually, after getting quiet, and really asking myself what I needed to learn from this, I saw that my vision had been too small, and that those tracks needed to be re-recorded to represent a larger vision.â€?
Chanda has performed with many well-known artists, including as a lead vocalist with jazz drummer Victor Jones. She sang along side internationally acclaimed musicians such as Mino Cinelu, Papo Vasquez and John Benitez. An opening artist for Regina Belle & The Whispers, India.Arie, Angela Bofill, and Amel Larrieux, she has also performed at various jazz and music festivals, Birdland, Le-Club Moscow, Hard Rock CafÃ©, and the Jazz Standard.
Chanda has also performed as a guest artist with Osubi Craig and Prophecy Music Project, a group of musicians who fuse traditional African rhythms with Afro-Cuban, Latin, jazz, and blues to teach world history and promote cultural awareness, at the Bethlehem Musikfest, University of Maryland â€“ College Park, and Widner University.Â
Where Sheâ€™s Heading: â€œMy second CD will be released in April. Iâ€™m at the stage where I create music that speaks to my heart and not what I think the industry wants. But each stage is like a rebirth in a way. Iâ€™m constantly evolving. My goal is to musically speak my truth, and to encourage people to do the same. My goal is to create sacred musicâ€”that is, music that uplifts, brings a smile, a tear, a laugh, but ultimately inspires evolution.â€? The CD melds African-American folk music with moveable grooves and jazzy lullabies.
Chandaâ€™s Words Of Wisdom: â€œâ€˜The best way to live is to live like water,â€™ which is from the Tao Te Ching.â€?
Chandaâ€™s Secrets Of success: â€œMy relationship with God, friends, and family.â€?
Chandaâ€™s Favorite All Time Three Movies: â€œColor Purple, Frida, Kama Sutra.â€?
Chandaâ€™s Favorite All Time Three Books: â€œAlice Walkerâ€™s Temple of My Familiar,
Iyanla Vanzantâ€™s Tapping the Power Within, and Ntzoke Shangeâ€™s Nappy Edges.â€?
The First Three Things Chanda Would Do As President: â€œBring the troops home, establish free health care, and revamp the Public School system.â€?
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