Sun. Sep. 26, 2021

Chanté Moore – This Time (Album Version)

Lost but not least! Chanté Moore – This Time (Album Version) (Silas/MCA)

“Ooh, baby, I want you. I can’t live without you, no way I ain’t never gonna love this way again. No time to pretend, no, no, this time I’m so glad I’ve got another chance. Mmm, to love you again, oh, this time…” My, my, my! What a piece of heaven. On the heels of the memorable ‘Love’s Taken Over’ which they produced 2 years before, UK pals Lee Hamblin and Simon ‘The Funky Ginger’ Law crafting another masterpiece for Chanté Moore back in 1994. One of those cool swingalongs with exactly what it takes in terms of arrangements to enhance the lady’s impressive vocal range. And, in the meantime, one of the most beautiful love statements one can ever think of.

Strangely enough ‘This Time’ didn’t generate the same following. No more than the album – ‘A Love Supreme’ – it’s taken from. This despite the presence of her outstanding cover version of Deniece Williams‘ classic ‘Free’. And the fact that the late Frankie Knuckles gave it a firing remix didn’t change anything neither. With ‘This Time’ standing as an unsung smoothie at the end. Although never too late to give a listen and eventually let us know what you think of it…

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A native of San Francisco, CA, Chanté Moore grew up singin’ in the church. Meanwhile quoting George Duke and Lee Ritenour as major influences. Strangely enough, she recorded an album for Warner by the age of 19 which never saw the light. This being how she ended up signing a record deal with Silas Records. Makin’so to say a cameo appearance back in 1991 along with Keith Washington in the ‘House Party 2’ OST with a cut titled ‘Candlelight And You’.

Chanté Moore‘s debut-album – ‘Precious’ – saw the light back in September 1992. It spanned the Lee Hamblin and Simon Law produced ‘Love’s Taken Over’. With the British twosome eventually producing ‘This Time’ from her ‘A Love Supreme’ follow-up album, although it sadly failed to generate a comparable following. This despite a remix courtesy of Frankie Knuckles. But also an outstanding cover version of Deniece Williams‘Free’ melted with The Commodores‘ ‘Sail On’.

Chanté Moore eventually resurfaced in May 1999 with her third album, ‘The Moment Is Mine’, this putting an end to an almost 5 year hiatus. It featured the memorable ‘Chanté’s Got A Man’ which became her first top 10 hit, charting at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. But also ‘I See You In A Different Light’ which she recorded along with JoJo Hailey of the Jodeci fame.

In 2000, Moore duetted with Will Downing on the soothing ‘When You Need Me’. Then, the year after, she teamed up with The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley A.K.A. Mr. Biggs on the vibrant ‘Contagious’. She eventually shared the bill with Kenny G on ‘Loveable’ back in 2002. Then she would deliver 2 albums with her then (new) husband, Kenny Lattimore, successively in 2003 and 2006. This before getiin’ back as a solo artist two years after. Eventually adding new activities to her schedule, this while joinin’ the cast of the Reality TV show ‘R&B Divas L.A’.

‘The Rise Of The Phoenix’ which saw the light back in September 2017 is her latest album to date. And she more recently premiered a new single – One Love – featuring Lewis Sky, ahead of a new EP 1 of 4.

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