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Last month while I was in attendance at the R&B Foundation Pioneer Awards in Philadelphia, I met Kenny Latimore in the press room. After I introduced myself to him, he said "I know you, you are the guy who wrote that fantastic review of Chante's new album. I told him that the review was well deserved because it is one of my favorite releases of 2008 and that I will be getting back to it "soon."

Well "soon" (is RIGHT

1. The transcript of the LIVE chat session that we had here on the website back in June/08 with Chante Moore in at the following link: You should check this out & get Chante's perspective on the album as well as her career.

2. The Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Broadcast of Chate Moore's "Love the Woman", which can also be heard via the chat page as well.

3. Scroll down this newsletter and read what Kenny Latimore described as my "fantastic review" of the album. Plus you can also read Chante's bio and my "addendum" to the original review.

Two things about Chante Moore's new album, "LOVE THE WOMAN" are abundantly clear to me:

--It's one of the very best releases of 2008

Don't say that I didn't give yall a good tip...

& on Soul-Patrol at either:

Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis

Album Review: Chante Moore - Love the Woman

Click Here to get more info about Chante Moore - Love the Woman First off lat me state for the record that I am absolutely nuts about this album, it's one of the very best releases of the year thus far. It's the right album, at the right time and by the right artist.'s 2008 and just what are we supposed to think when we hear the name Chante Moore?

In one respect it would be easy to think of her as one of what seems like a dozen or so R&B/Pop female singers that (almost) anonymously came and went during the 1990's. These (usually) extremely attractive & talented young women would burst on the scene and there were perhaps 8-12 of them (who shall remain nameless for the moment, but yall know who I'm talkin about.) They would usually be introduced to us via TV shows like Soul Train, Showtime at the Apollo, etc. Their singles would show up on "Urban Radio" (hopefully that insulting term has now disappeared from our lexicon?), in between the emerging "gangsta rap" and the "new girl groups" (SWV, TLC, etc.) All of these women are kind of morphed together inside of my brain right now. None of them seemed to be able to emerge from the pack and reach the heights of WhitneyMariahJanetAnita, but all seemed talented none the less.

For most of this decade they all seemed to just fade into the background as actual R&B music went into a commercial decline. Every now and then you would see these artists names pop up as part of a "smooth jazz festival" line up or perhaps in an advertisement for a "Gospel Play" or something similar. For the most part these artists (as well as their male counterparts) went into the background as the whole notion of producing mass market R&B music for people over the age of 25 seemed to be something that nobody was interested in anymore. In my mind Chante Moore was one of that group of then emerging female artists. If you are also of a similar mindset about Chante Moore, I am here to tell you right here and right now that you are dead wrong.

After listening to this album for the first time yesterday, I quickly realized that Chante Moore (and most likely this entire group of artists from the 1990's) must be seriously re-examined. Instead of thinking of her as a "has been" or someone that time has passed by, you should instead think of Chante Moore as someone whose time has finally arrived. To use a sports analogy you should instead think of her as Hank Aaron to Willie Mays when thinking about her contemporaries (WhitneyMariahJanetAnita).

Honestly there is really nothing new here at all (if you are a longtime R&B fan), however it all is put together oh so well and done in a truly classic fashion, without being "dated" (oh how I hate that term). As I listen, Chante convinces me on song after song that she belongs in the upper echelon of ALL female singers. In fact she knocks me upside the head on song after song in a similar manner as the V-8 commercial (klunk....ya could have had a V-8".) Not only does Chante belong, but she's been right here all along and it very much feels like the whole "Hank Aaron/Willie Mays thang" (like where have you been Chante, I didn't know that you could hit so many damn home runs?)

However if you are coming at this from the "Neo Soul" perspective, it's time to pull out your pad and pencil as you listen to this album because it's time for you to now go to "reform school", and pay for your "crimes." Chante is doing everything that the entire crowd of "neo soul female artists", starting with Alicia Keys to the latest female neo soul artist with a great Myspace page and ("3 hot tracks") needs to absorb and adopt. This album is EXACTLY what a modern day eclectic/erotic R&B album is supposed to sound like. From song selection, production, vocals, instrumental music, album flow, phrasing.....EVERYTHING. There isn't a point in time where this album loses my interest and makes me want to fast forward to the next track.


I suppose that from a lyrical perspective, the "target audience" for this album is the male population of the world. It's quite literally an "instructional manual" on how to keep your woman emotionally and physically satisfied, not for the "short term", but for the "long term." The title ("Love the Woman") gives us the first big clue and the final song "Guess Who I Saw Today" (yes Chante is badddd enough to attack & conquer the Nancy Wilson Classic, and she tears it up!!!) reminds us men in the most painful way possible, just what the biggest "no no" of all is. It's perfectly placed as the very last song and serves as the exclamation point for a fantastic album that I rate as a must own. Other songs like "Do for You", "Love the Woman", "Love Action", "It Ain't Supposed to Be This Way", "Give Me Time", "Always Gonna Be Something", "Special" provide additional "instruction for men" in a most tasty & erotic way.

You want more?
Sorry, but I can't give it to you, because I am tired of writing at this point. I am going to now remove the CD from the player, place it in a "special place" and not play it again till it's time to do my next "multi hour road test", where it will be the very FIRST album in the stack for that evening...

PS: it's a pretty damn simple and innovative website (yet another thing for artists to take notice of)

--Bob Davis

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--Bob Davis

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Bio - Chante Moore

Bio -  Chante Moore Since arriving on the R&B music scene over 15 years ago via her sensual debut single "Love's Taken Over," Chante Moore has flourished into an accomplished female favorite. Billboard singles like "It's Alright," "This Time" and the top two smash "Chante's Got a Man" helped put her name on a short list of artists known for consistency. After recording two duet projects with fellow R&B vocalist Kenny Lattimore (also her husband of six years) and achieving regard in the gospel world, the Grammy-nominated vocalist returns to the solo spotlight with her new CD, Love the Woman, due June 17th on Peak Records.

Arriving nearly a decade after her last solo effort, 2000's Exposed, Love the Woman offers fans a new twist on classic Chante via contributions from a host of hit-making producers, her longtime musical mentor George Duke among them. Reuniting with Duke was not only a personal joy but a professional triumph for Chante, who vocally, has grown leaps and bounds since their first studio sessions together back in the early 1990s. She confesses, "He was pretty floored actually. He made me feel really good. It was really exciting for me to hear that; He's George Duke for heaven's sake!" The pair's comfort level transforms into the chemistry that helps create the magic. "George was the first producer that I worked with [on the new disc] because I know that he understands me," she explains. "I knew he would let me have some trial and error in there. He would say, 'Okay, let's try it this way.' I knew he would get what's in me, out of me."

Chante teamed with Grammy-winning producer Raphael Saadiq on the acoustic-flavored "Special," on which she sings about the importance of a woman's self-worth. "It has a great message," says the mother of two. "Every friend I have that's heard it thought it was for them. Most of the people who follow my music, they know that I like empowering women and I like being able to say something that's gonna make you feel better about you. Usually we get stuck in trying to be sexy and not in really valuing who we are as women. That's what I'm about, is making sure that you know who you are." Of working with Saadiq she says, "I like how diverse he is with the way he attacks music. He always seems to have something a little different than what he had before but still has his flavor on it."

Reading emotions is the subject of the "My Eyes," a piano-driven melody produced by Warryn Campbell. The songstress admits hiding emotions has never been her strong suit. "My mother used to say that I'm the world's worst pretender. I like being authentic. I like being true to who I am because if I'm faking it's really not gonna be good anyway. I'm a very emotional person so that song is kind of like me."

Chante also offers a moving, Duke-produced rendition of Minnie Riperton's "Give Me Time," the song to which she walked down the aisle and into Kenny's arms during their wedding. Recording the track brought up all the emotions she's experienced over the course of their union. "The more I'm in this marriage I realize that there's even more to love than I thought. There's more work involved, there's more emotion that has to be tapped into. It's more than what I thought it was. It takes time to really show somebody what they really mean to you - time and incidents and downfalls and hurt and pain and joy and no money and a lot of money. All those things show you who you really are. I'm learning over and over in different ways what love is about."

Chante revisits her sensual side on the seductive title track, which she co-wrote with producer Jamey Jaz, best known for his work with Rahsaan Patterson. "I think every woman is loved differently but there are similarities to the way we like to be loved. I wanted to describe the love session without being vulgar. I don't like songs that make me feel nasty but I like songs that make me feel sensual."

The lead single, "Ain't Supposed To Be," was written and produced by newcomer Shalea Frazier. Having executive-produced the project, Chante didn't hesitate to leave a bulk of the songwriting to others. It was a departure for the natural-born songwriter, who as a teen wrote her own lyrics to the instrumentals of the music she enjoyed. "I found a lot of great songs….I didn't do too much writing this time but I was really happy with the song choices. The songs were so good I just felt honored to sing great music."

In addition to rock-solid R&B material, Love the Woman gave Chante the opportunity to rekindle her love affair with jazz standards, a seed planted when she was a child. Her father was a minister and jazz pianist with varied tastes in music, while she came by her pipes naturally from her late mother, a singer. She successfully tackles Nancy Wilson's "Guess Who I Saw Today," on which she toys with an unsuspecting cheating lover. And she takes on The Queen of Soul on "Start of Something Big," originally recorded by a very young Aretha Franklin. "I love her old stuff. She had some great music [even prior to her R&B career]. The real quality of her voice then was amazing."

In addition to making music together, Chante and Kenny use their gifts to bring fortune to others, as regular performers at the annual concert benefiting the Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan, the non-profit founded by actress Victoria Rowell. In addition to mentoring a group of young girls at her church, Chante is also at work on a self-help book for women. But long before these endeavors, Chante's has always used her music as a vessel for helping others. "That's really made the difference for me, the people who have made it through because they heard some music I did. They've said, 'You got me through college.' 'You got me through a breakup.' It's about taking the experiences that I've had and helping somebody else. I think to be valuable in the world you've gotta open up and be able to share who you are." Fortunately for music fans, Chante is more than willing to do so.

Look for songs from Chante Moore's "Love The Woman" playing on Nu Soul @

--Bob Davis

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Chante Moore Addendum - (connecting some dots between C*H*A*N*T*E M*O*O*R*E & P*R*I*N*C*E)

Click Here to get more info about Chante Moore - Love the Woman ....As I'm reading thru Chante Moore's bio on her website to prepare for tonite's chat session, I notice that it says..."Collaborated w/fellow Minneapolis native Prince on the 1996 album E*M*A*N*C*I*P*A*T*I*O*N"

....Of course when I read that I immediately spun my chair around and pulled out my copy of the REVOLOUTIONARY ALBUM; E*M*A*N*C*I*P*A*T*I*O*N and sure enough on the liner notes it says "LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU - Additonal vocals by Chante Moore"

...So I play the song and sure enough I hear Chante's voice and crew that "additional vocals BS", it really is damn near a duet between Prince & Chante.

...I hit the repeat button to play the song again and of course it starts out with the familiar "MANY GUYS HAVE COME TO YOU, WITH A LINE THAT WASN'T TRUE..."

...and I say to myself...."holy sh*t"....that's cuz I just heard that same groove on Chante's new album I put Chante's album back into the player and immediately jump to the song "DO FOR YOU"...and sure enough, "DO FOR YOU" has got the same groove as "LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU" (no wonder I like the song so much!!!)

.....just to check I put E*M*A*N*C*I*P*A*T*I*O*N back in the player and listen to Chante and Prince kick azz on "LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU" and I smile cuz I know what they both know as well.

("everything old is new again")

THEN...I let disc 3 of "E*M*A*N*C*I*P*A*T*I*O*N" play thru cuz I know that my favorite song from E*M*A*N*C*I*P*A*T*I*O*N will soon be coming up , tha ULTRA PHUNKY MONSTER FUNK JAM CALLED......"SLEEP AROUND" "SLEEP AROUND" comes on and starts with Prince saying..."DO IT LIKE SHE LIKES IT SO YOUR BABY WON'T WANT TO SLEEP AROUND" (remember I said that the album is literally an "instructional guide for

...and I say to myself...


....and I smile again cuz, my very favorite album of of the 1990's


Then I smile even more because I already know that Chante's album "LOVE THE WOMAN" is going to be one of my top ten releases of 2008 and therefore has a chance to be one of the top releases of the decade.

(history always repeats itself.....LOL)

Maybe I should start calling her: C*H*A*N*T*E M*O*O*R*E -)

I suppose that one of the things I will ask Chante about during our chat session/online listening party in the Soul-Patrol Chat room is her thoughts on E*M*A*N*C*I*P*A*T*I*O*N???


--Bob Davis

Look for songs from Chante Moore's Love the Woman playing on Nu Soul @

Chante Moore's Love The Woman

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Chante Moore - Love the Woman
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