Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
RIYL: Toni Braxton, Minnie Riperton, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey
Influences: Toni Braxton, George Duke, Lee Ritenour
R&B and jazz singer, songwriter, and actress Chante’ Moore is a home-grown artist who was already singing with Toni Braxton while still attending Patrick Henry High School. After graduation, she became a beauty pageant contestant and model until, at age twenty-two, she was discovered by MCA Records executive Louil Silas, who signed Moore to the MCA-distributed imprint Silas Records.
Among Moore's charting hits are "Love's Taken Over," "It's Alright," "I'm What You Need," "Old School Lovin," and "Free" (a Deniece Williams cover).