Chanté Torrane Moore (born on February 17, 1967 in San Francisco, California) is an American R&B and jazz singer.
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. 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.
In 1996 she had daughter 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.
When Moore recorded her 1999 single “Chanté’s Got a Man”, the man she was singing about was her then-husband Kadeem Hardison.
Moore has 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”. However, the song did not chart.
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”. In 2002, Moore sang on Kenny G’s single “One More Time”, which registered on the Smooth Jazz and adult contemporary singles charts.
In 2004, a 20th Century Masters greatest hits collection was released with some of her most memorable songs, along with a detailed booklet in which author A. Scott Galloway praises her for her “powerful, yet flexible and gorgeous 4-octave vocal range…”
With Kenny Lattimore
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 stage play 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.
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.
In 2007, Moore starred in the stageplay By Any Means Necessary, along with Dave Hollister, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Shar Jackson, and Danielle Mone Truitt.
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.
She announced in a June 2010 interview promoting Women’s Health that she was working on a gospel album titled Changed as well as an untitled R&B album.
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.
In a July 27, 2011 statement on her Facebook page, she announced she and Kenny Lattimore were divorced.
Most recently, Moore performed at the 2012 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in a tribute to the late singer Donna Summer.
Moore is contracted to star on Broadway in the 2014 musical “Gospel Soul Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
Moore is managed by Cheryl Cobb-Debrosse.
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 30th, 2013.
Moore is currently a cast member of the Reality TV show “R&B Divas L.A.” with Kelly Price, Dawn Robinson (of En Vogue), Michel’le, Lil Mo & Claudette Ortiz.