Born and Raised:
Full name: Chanté Torrane Moore.
Born: Feb. 17, 1967 in San Francisco, California.
Chante Moore was born in San Francisco, California, the youngest daughter of Larry and Virginia Moore. Her older brother is named Kelvin and her older sister is La Tendre. Her father was a minister at the Church of God in Christ, and the entire family was deeply religious. They were also musical: Chante's father played the piano and her brother played the drums. Chante performed in the church choir as a child and loved to sing along to her parents' Gospel records at home. In 1979, when she was 12, the family moved to San Diego, and at age 16, Chante decided to become a singer after getting positive feedback following her performance as Dorothy in a high school rendition of "The Wiz," an adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz." In San Diego, Moore performed in singing and dancing shows while trying to meet people in the music industry. Her big break came in 1989, when singer El DeBarge saw her perform in the musical "Heat Wave" in Los Angeles.
Chante met and befriended El DeBarge and wound up singing backup on on the song "You Know What I Like," on his In the Storm album. Through her friendship with DeBarge, Chante became friends with his manager, who eventually became her manager, as well. About a month after hiring a manager, Chante landed a recording contract with MCA Records and began working on her first album. Her debut, which she titled Precious, was released in 1992 and went on to sell over half a million copies, thanks in part to two singles, "Love's Taken Over" and "It's Alright," which became top five hits on the R&B charts. In 1993, she met and began dating the actor Kadeem Hardison, best known at the time for his role as Dwayne Wayne the NBC sitcom "A Different World."
Chante continued to juggle her career and personal life until taking a break in 1996, when she and Kadeem had daughter Sophia Hardison. The couple married in 1997, and it resulted in her biggest hit song, "Chante's Got a Man," which was about Kadeem. The relationship didn't last however; the two divorced in 2000. That same year, she released her fourth album, Exposed
. Later, she began dating R&B singer Kenny Lattimore
and the two married on Jan. 1, 2002 at a private ceremony in Jamaica. Their son Kenny, Jr. was born April 10, 2003. In February 2003, the couple released an album of duets together called Things That Lovers Do
. It eventually became the biggest-selling release of Chante's career, peaking at No. 3 on the R&B albums chart and selling over a million copies. Trying to build on the success of the first duet album, the couple released a second collaborative project together in 2006, Uncovered/Covered
. It peaked at No. 10 on the R&B albums chart.
After 2006's second duets albums, Kenny and Chante went back to their solo careers. Both released albums on their own in 2008, with Chante's being a collection of new R&B and Jazz tunes called Love the Woman. In August 2011, Chante announced via her Facebook page that she and Kenny were divorced, but neither she nor her ex has chosen to reveal the details or timeline of when and how they split. To date, Chante remains an active recording artist, with a new album titled Change supposedly in the works.
(with Kenny Lattimore
2003: Things That Lovers Do
(with Kenny Lattimore).
1999: This Moment is Mine
1994: A Love Supreme
"I think the most important thing for me is to continue to stay true to myself musically, and only do music that I love and believe in. If it is an uptempo song, I’m so open to that. A ballad, I’m so open to that, too. I am just having a really good time recording right now. I just love making music." -- Chante Moore, to website bebesweetbriar.com
in July 2012.