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Chanté Torrance Moore (born February 17, 1967 in San Francisco, California, USA) is an award-winning American R&B and jazz singer, songwriter, actress, television personality, and author. Rising to fame in the late 1990s, Moore established herself as an R&B artist.
Born to a gospel minister's wife, she grew up singing in the church and was heavily influenced by the music of George Duke and Lee Ritenour. Moore has long stated that her musical idol is Pop/R&B Icon Toni Braxton, who Moore sang background for. While in high school, she decided to make a career of singing. 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.
Chanté Moore began her career as a background singer for Pop/R&B diva Toni Braxton. After being signed, Moore recorded several hit records, including "Love's Taken Over," "It's Alright," "I'm What You Need," "Old School Lovin," and "Free" (a Deniece Williams cover). Moore recorded "Your Home Is in My Heart" with Boyz II Men for the How Stella Got Her Groove Back soundtrack. Moore was also featured on the soundtrack of Waiting to Exhale in 1995 with the song "Wey U".
The song, which featured harmonic vocalisations and no actual words, was acclaimed by critics for demonstrating Moore's vocal range, with music reviewer Tracy E. Hopkins at Barnes and Noble
remarking that it "showcases Moore's Minnie Riperton–reminiscent pipes". In 1998, Moore also collaborated with musician Keith Washington for the duet "I Love You."
In 2000, Moore earned a Soul Train Music Awards nomination alongside Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey for Single of the Year, Female for her Billboard #2 R&B and #10 Pop hit "Chanté's Got a Man." However, she lost the award to Lauryn Hill. The single was also certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies in America.
In 2002, she won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo for "Contagious" featuring The Isley Brothers. She also appeared on the hit UPN show Girlfriends, singing Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You." Also that year, Moore sang on Kenny G's single "One More Time," which registered on the Smooth Jazz and adult contemporary singles charts.
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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. 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. The album also included a remake of the Minnie Riperton and Peabo Bryson duet "Here We Go" on which Moore prominently shows off her whistle register in tribute to Riperton.
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.
Moore and Lattimore recorded a cover version of the Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell duet "You're All I Need to Get By". It serves as the theme song for the BET reality series The Family Crews.
In 2007, Moore starred in the stageplay By Any Means Necessary, along with Dave Hollister, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Shar Jackson, and Danielle Mone Truitt.
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 is set to release her 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.
In 1996, she had a daughter, named Sophia Hardison, with actor 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.
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Chanté Torrane 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 vocalist.
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Singer, songwriter, actress, television personality, author
Silas/MCA (1992–2002), Arista/LaFace/Zomba, (duet act, 2002–2007), Peak/Concord (2006–2008), Shanachie (2013-present)
Kenny Lattimore R&B Divas: LA, Kenny Lattimore, R&B Divas: Los Angeles
Kelvin Gomillion (January 25, 1961 - August 18, 2013)
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Chanté Torrance Moore
R&b, Gospel, Jazz, Soul
Kenny Lattimore R&B Divas: Los Angeles, R. Kelly, Ronald Isley, Toni Braxton, Nicci Gilbert
Quiet Storm, Pop, R&B, jazz, gospel, soul
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