Chantae Cann: Empowered to Shine (Bonus Interview)

This unique artist discovered a new level of emotional freedom in the midst of creating new music

What empowers an artist to express his or her unique voice? In this bonus episode, recording artist Chantae Cann provides exclusive insights into how she embraced her creative freedom through her newest project – her 2nd studio album, Sol Empowered, available on October 13th, 2017.

 

A Chicago native, Chantae has traveled the world as a background vocalist with the likes of Leon Timbo, Darlene McCoy, P.J. Morton, Gramps Morgan, and Grammy Award winning artist India.Arie. Her collaborations with artists/bands include: Snarky Puppy, Tarriona Tank Ball (of Tank and the Bangas), Jarrod Lawson, Jonathan McReynolds, Tony Momrelle, Jaspects, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, Mike Hicks, Sho Baraka and Khari Cabral Simmons. Her first solo album, Journey to Golden, was released in 2016 to rave reviews. Both that album and her new project Sol Empowered are eclectic collections of soul, rock, funk, jazz, and world music-flavored songs, linked together by Cann’s melodic and inspirational vocals.

Co-hosts CriStyle and Allen met up with Chantae in Atlanta while attending the 2017 Collective Music Conference, and recorded their conversation outdoors in the courtyard at their hotel. This relaxed atmosphere fostered an engaging dialogue about Chantae’s musical and spiritual foundations, how they were tested as she learned the ropes of the music industry, and how they ultimately helped her create a project that showcases her unique style and perspective on life.


HIGHLIGHTS

Chantae’s musical influences and what draws her to certain artists

Why artists should not be limited to a single genre (including church music) and why individuality is so important

How serving in church music ministry helped prepare her for her solo career

How the different experiences of recording her first and second projects helped her to deal with internal anxiety and grow more confident

How working with charitable organizations helps her reach people on a deeper level and adds meaning to her work as an artist

 

QUOTABLES

“To me, music is the soundtrack to the universe and beyond” – C.Cann

“I feel free, and I feel like I want to help other people get free too.” – C.Cann

 

GUEST LINKS

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

BandCamp

ChantaeCann.com

For more info on Huntington’s Disease, visit http://hdsa.org/

Watch Chantae’s YouTube clip on her experience with HD here 

 

 

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Making a Big Impact while Starting Small with Warren Brown

This musician and internet personality has harnessed the power of video and likeability

Can a musician from a small town make a big impact?  Warren Brown, multi-instrumentalist and internet personality, better known on Facebook as “Mr. Get’cha Peoples in the House”, knows the answer. With nothing except his family’s support, an engaging character and a willingness to take risks,  Warren has harnessed the power and reach of Facebook to create buzz and a growing brand in the gospel music industry, “The Yank Nation.” Warren hosts and performs in a live-streamed music show, drawing tens of thousands of viewers every week via social media. Warren exhibits a savvy approach to media marketing which seamlessly blends the line between ministry and entertainment. He spoke to us after a show in South Florida, in which he livestreamed his performance with musicians outside his church for the first time.

Major points shared during the interview:

  • Why Christian musicians can play in clubs and secular arenas without being condemned.
  • His father’s influence on his musical training and marketing strategies.
  • Growing up in a musical family with talented siblings, and how his father trained them with limited musical knowledge of his own.
  • The difference between ministry and creating an entertaining church-based show.
  • A recap of the Warren Brown Live in Miami event in September 2017 and how he approaches every live performance.
  • Changing a social media strategy from simply trying to gain attention from other musicians, and instead developing a recognizable brand.
  • How local musicians and Facebook trolls discouraged and almost convinced him to discontinue his show, and how he overcame his discouragement.
  • Confidence and how he still gets nervous until he goes into character.
  • Using Facebook responses to change attitudes and promote positivity

Quotables from the interview

  • “You are not going to get the anointing by hanging out with people with the anointing.” – W.Brown
  • “You’ve got the skill. Now put the mindset to it.” – Advice given by Warren Brown’s father

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  • Performed by Teja Veal, from “The Hopeless Romantic EP”

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Breaking Free from Performance Anxiety with Yvette Norwood-Tiger

How an independent jazz artist found healing and success through faith and determination

Jazz vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger found herself facing both emotional and physical battles in her journey as an artist, including stage fright, depression and a life-threatening illness.  In this episode, she shares with Allen how she overcame those struggles, and how her faith and determination propelled her to achieve big goals, such as a booking a European tour (including a show in Royal Albert Hall in London) without any label or management support. Her story provides encouragement for any artist facing performance anxiety, emotional distress, physical illness, or doubt in their ability to succeed as an independent artist.

Highlights:

  • Yvette shares her upbringing in Detroit and how her shyness affected her even as she considered how to express her love of music.
  • Allen and Yvette discuss how artists get overwhelmed when they focus on the opinions of their audiences.
  • Yvette shares how her life-threatening medical situation changed her approach to music and life.
  • We share tips for making it as an independent artist as Yvette explains how she booked her European tour entirely on her own, without any major name recognition or agency.
  • CriStyle and Allen reflect on Yvette’s story and ask the audience to share examples of trying something big despite fear and anxiety on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

Quotables from the interview

  • [God said] All the accolades you get, give them to me. And he said, all the criticism that you get, give that to me too. – Yvette Norwood-Tiger
  • I became not just a believer in that time in my faith. I became a knower. – Yvette Norwood-Tiger
  • There was something blocking me from accepting my healing. It was not loving myself enough to believe that I should be healed. – Yvette Norwood-Tiger

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Learning from Tough Times with David Chiverton

This highly sought-after musician explains how personal tragedy helped forge his character

In Episode 3 of the GGS, we talk with drummer and creative producer David Chiverton about overcoming major personal losses, improving and developing as an artist, and stepping into new seasons of life. David has performed with top artists in gospel, jazz, hip-hop, pop and Latin genres, and continues to develop new projects such as his video series, The Chivertone Sessions. In this revealing interview, he shares his journey toward musical and personal success, even as he endured the toughest moments of his life. 

Highlights

  • David talks about growing up in a blended family and how those influences impacted his life. 
  • Allen and David discuss the importance of humility when people recognize your talent.
  • David opens up about how he overcame a test of faith after losing several close family members.
  • Allen and David discuss how artists can find motivation and inspiration to aim for the next level.
  • David makes a big personal announcement for the first time on the air.
  • CriStyle and Allen discuss how David’s story can help those who are dealing with loss, including victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Quotables from the interview

  • If I knew half of the things I was going to have to go through to get to this place, I probably wouldn’t be here. – D. Chiverton
  • Even if I know I had a great show today, there’s a million things I have to go back home and work on. – D. Chiverton
  • It’s almost like [God] had to pull those things away from me to show me that I had to hold his hand directly. – D. Chiverton
  • I trust that even to this day, [God] has strategically orchestrated everything in my life. Why would he stop now? – D. Chiverton

 

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The Art of Working with Artists w/ Leo Brooks

Bassist Leo Brooks has found a secret to being welcomed into a major artist's circle - and it's not that complicated.

In Episode 2 of the GGS, we talk to bassist, songwriter and producer Leo Brooks, who has recorded with Lauryn Hill, Rick Ross and is currently touring with Pitbull. His experiences with various artists at the top of the pop, hip-hop and R&B charts has taught him some important lessons that he shares in this exclusive interview. 

Highlights:

  • Allen and CriStyle talk about their chance to meet former bassist with Prince, Rhonda Smith.
  • Leo talks about growing up in a diverse musical culture.
  • Leo reveals one of his childhood musical memories in a surprising fashion. 
  • Leo, Allen and CriStyle discuss how different artists require different approaches. 
  • Leo talks about his new single, while CriStyle and Allen try their best to make it awkward.
  • Allen and CriStyle discuss their takeaways from Leo’s interview. 

Quotables from the interview

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  • Performed by Teja Veal, from “The Hopeless Romantic EP”

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