Chanj (pronounced change) is an R&B newcomer with growing popularity. He’s already something of a YouTube star and his forthcoming LP will feature collaborations with industry heavyweights like Lil’ Ronnie (producer of “Same Girl”). No small feat for a homegrown singer without major label backing, but it’s all in a day’s work for the guy who’s determined to bring changes to the music industry.
Chanj has recently become the debut artist on a newly formed independent label, Alistair Records. He couldn’t be happier, telling us, "[With me] being an independent artist, they’re willing to take some chances; they’re willing to take a little bit more opportunity to make my vision come to pass and kind of connect to what I have to do to be really, really successful in this industry."
Though no stranger to the recording industry (he’s released two albums before, 2005’s Subject II Chanj and 2007’s No Longer I), he’s excited to share his brand of music to the world. He describes his songs as “really R&B, soul.” Adding that his album is “going to make you feel good.”
Chanj’s album, currently untitled, is due this summer and features tracks from hit-maker producer Teddy Riley, among others. Chanj told us that he and Teddy “connected. He saw my vision, he loved my voice and he was excited to work. [Recording with him] was a lot of fun and he’s really put me underneath his wing and help get me knowledge in this business.”
Jamie Foxx and Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry have also stamped Chanj’s project with their respective seals of authenticity. Warren Braithwaite, CEO of Alistair Records, recounts Jamie’s reaction to Chanj: “Chanj sang for Jamie Foxx in his office, a cappella, and Jamie said, ‘Man, you’re a short guy, but I can’t believe it’s the same person singing!’ and Jamie was like, ‘Man you’re gonna go a cappella on me?’ Jamie ran out the office!”
Soon after, Jamie was opening the doors to his home recording studio, where Chanj completed his album. Marsha was similarly impressed, allowing the Floetry fan to re-record their hit “Say Yes,” and she even added vocals to the song. She also wrote another song on the album, “Give It All.”
And, just in case you were wondering, Chanj’s voice is the real thing. Just check out this YouTube of the young crooner belting out “Say Yes.”
For more Chanj, check out Alistair Records.
– Whitney Teal