Eighteen year-old Keshia Chanté is one of Canada’s fastest-rising stars. Her tremendous talent and tireless commitment to her music earned her critical acclaim even before the release of her self-titled debut album in 2004. The album promptly achieved gold status on the strength of five Top 10 singles and three #1 videos and it was named R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 2005 Juno Awards. Chanté’s undeniable gift as a singer and entertainer has also been honoured with five Canadian Urban Music Awards and a Canadian Radio Award for Best New Solo Artist. Hot on the heels of the success of her first album, the unstoppable star has finished recording her sophomore CD, Kiss, which will be released in Canada and the U.S. on Sony BMG and Epic Records.
Despite her youth, Chanté possesses a mature sense of social responsibility and dedication to her local and global community. She has performed at several benefit events, including the Urban Aids 2004 concert with Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado, K-OS and Swollen Members. The concert was aimed at raising awareness among Canadian youth about the social realities of the HIV/AIDS virus.
Chanté has also been a committed supporter of War Child Canada, contributing her musical and artistic talents in support of war-affected children. During the 2004 holiday season, she designed a holiday greeting card whose proceeds went directly to supporting War Child Canada’s international humanitarian programs. She also recorded the single “Ring The Alarm” as the soundtrack for War Child Canada’s 2006 Keep The Beat season, motivating thousands of youth across Canada to use music as a means of raising awareness and funds for their global peers. Proceeds from the single, which is featured on MuchDance 2006, will also benefit War Child Canada’s international projects. Chanté also lent her voice to the 2004 Keep The Beat single “Life,” sung by Artists for War Child 2004.
Keshia Chanté supports get loud and War Child Canada. Other organizations and campaigns that Keshia has been involved with include:
- Performing at The Glenn Gould Studio for “The Sounds of the Season” campaign, which benefited The Daily Bread Food Bank and the Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive (December 2004)
- Performing at the CBC’s tsunami benefit concert “Canada for Asia.” (January 2005)
- Performing at a benefit concert in Toronto for children in need, including survivors of the tsunami in Southeast Asia. (March 2005)