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Keshia Chante

Real name: Keshia Chanté Harper
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single
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Biography

Keshia Chanté (born as Keshia Chanté Harper on June 16, 1988) is a Juno Award-winning Canadian R&B and pop singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and model. She is a signed model to Ford Models International. She cites artist Tupac Shakur as her idol, singers Beyoncé Knowles, Aaliyah, and Christina Aguilera among her influences. She currently resides in New York City and Brampton, Ontario.

Keshia Chanté was born in Ottawa, Ontario and moved to Toronto at the age of 14. Her ethnic roots come from Trinidad, Puerto Rico and Portugal.

Her debut "Shook (The Answer)" appeared in early 2003. It was only meant to be a "buzz" single but it surprisingly broke into the Top 10 on Canadian music charts and won an Urban Music Award for "Best Pop/R&B Single".

On June 22, 2004 Chanté released her debut album self-titled debut album. On December 3, 2004 it was certified gold. It contained her previous singles, as well as her later to be released fifth "Let the Music Take You" penned by Chanté. In October 2004, at the Canadian Urban Music Awards Chanté swept all three of nominations, winning awards for "Best New Artist", "Video of the Year" (for Bad Boy), "Fans' Choice Award" and by surprise taking home the "Rising Star of the Year" award.

The month after that, BET's Rated Next had conducted an interview which became her first significant appearance on the American media. Then later, BET's VP Stephen Hill put her Little X directed video "Bad Boy" into heavy rotation and Chante was the first Female artist from Canada to have her video debut on BET's 106 & Park Video Countdown Show being titled the "New Joint of the Day". This caused Chanté to get noticed by major record labels, where she was later signed to Sony Urban/Epic Records (home to the likes of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Bow Wow,& Three Six Mafia.

In July of that year, she released her single "Been Gone", produced by Philadelphia's Matrax Productions and written by Chanté. The video was shot by Little X (making it her 3rd collaboration with him) and was shot inside of "Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School" where Chante attended in her last year of school and graduated with great honours. Her second single, "2U", produced by Philadelphia's Matrax Productions and written by Chanté was released in early November. 2U's video was shot on October 22 in Miami by director Bobby O'Neill, and was released on Yahoo Music Canada on November 16.

Also in 2006, Chanté made a featured cameo appearance in label mate Bow Wow's video "Shortie Like Mine". The video depicts R&B singer Chris Brown searching for Keshia Chanté on his laptop. They send messages back and forth throughout the video.

Her second album was released on December 5, 2006 in her native Canada and is tentative for an April 2007 released in the United States through Sony/BMG and May 2007 release in Japan.

Chanté has always voiced her interest in being a young business woman and has a strong interest in fashion and business. Chanté is also now the face of Sony's new Cyber-Shot Digital Camera.

She is now in the process of launching her own Diamond Jewelry Line, name still tentative, with conflict-free diamond company "Polar Bear Diamonds" and a Perfume Line being released later this year.



 


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