Cha'Maine

Cha'Maine

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Reggae Soul

Biography

Cha’Maine takes you on a musical journey knocking gently on the doors of reggae, r&b, jazz and dancehall to create the intrinsic sounds of "Reggae Soul" which is ironically the title of her 2005 debut album. Although the ratio of male to female singers is still unbalanced, this multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer is mere hope for improvement. She vows to break through the barriers that have relegated some of the most powerful voices to background singers with her sophomore album “Here’s To Love.”

The Jamaican native honed her skills while performing in Hall Jackson's talented teens, the Clarendon Cultural development festival and many other local competitions in Jamaica. She also worked on numerous Dub Plates for Bodyguard Sound System before migrating to the US to pursue her academic studies. In her senior year of high school as a member of the NY All City Chorus, she performed at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Carnegie Hall and on Broadway for the New York Salute HIV/AIDS benefit. This experience created a myriad of opportunities including becoming a finalist for the Lena Horne scholarship, and offers to Julliard School of Music and Berklee College of Music. After a few false starts, Cha'Maine moved to Raleigh, NC, where she could dedicate herself to writing. However, the local Reggae scene would romance her back into performing and recording.

Cha'Maine's versatility has given her the opportunity to work with some of the most talented producers, artists and musicians in Reggae: Sidney Mills, J.D. Smooth, Marcia Griffiths, Pam Hall, Glen Washington, Clifton "Specialist" Dillon, Courtney Panton, Benjy Myaz, Derrick Barnett, Barrington Levi, Ky-mani Marley, Barrington Bailey, George “Ovationz” Hunter and the late Dennis Brown.

Cha’Maine’s sophomore album ‘Here’s To Love’ is a thematically enriching 14 track album fusing elements of dancehall, reggae, jazz and R&B while subsequently exploring love, relationship and social issues. Sidney Mills of Living Rooms Records and long standing member of world renowned group ‘Steel Pulse’ is the mastermind responsible for most of the albums production. Both producer and artists have developed a nice musical chemistry and its evident with the smooth transitions as the album unfolds.

Lyrics

Here's to Love

Written By: Charmaine Radcliffe

I’M NOT SAYING THERE WON’T BE TIMES U WANT TO RUN
AND I’M NOT SAYING IT’S GOING TO BE ALL GOOD FUN
I CAN’T EVEN PROMISE THAT WE WON’T FUSS
BUT I KNOW THE MAKING UP AFTER IS A MUST

CHORUS
HERE’S TO LOVE WHEREVER IT MAY TAKE US
HERE’S TO LOVE WHEREVER WE MAY GO
HERE’S TO LOVE ONLY U AND I KNOW
HERE’S TO LOVE, HERE’S TO LOVE

2
WHAT I CAN TRULY SAY IS THAT I LOVE U
AND IF U LOSE YOUR WAY, I’LL HELP FIND U
AND WHEN YOU’RE DOWN I’LL LIFT U UP
WHEN YOU’RE BROKEN BABY, I’LL BUILD U UP

3
SO WHAT IF WE FALL, BRUISE AND BURN
WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER TO GROW AND LEARN
TO ERR IS HUMAN, TO FORGIVE IS DIVINE
FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN LOVE LET’S TOAST THIS LINE

BRIDGE
EVEN IF WE WERE TO END, I’LL NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN LOVE IN LOVE IN LOVE
EVEN IF I WERE TO LOSE MY HEART TO SOMEONE AND BE CRAZY IN LOVE LOVE LOVE

Work it

Written By: Charmaine Radcliffe (lyrics) & Sidney Mills (music)

WORK ME BABY
HAD A ROUGH DAY TODAY, I JUST WANT YOU TO UNWIND ME

VERSE
I’VE HAD A ROUGH WEEK AND I WANT TO RELIEVE
STRESSS I AM FEELING THE NEED FOR RELEASE
I’LL BE RIGHT OVER, YOU KNOW WHAT I LIKE
CARDIOVASCULAR, ROUGH SEXERCISE
I FEEL SO AGRESSIVE I HOPE YOU DON’T MIND
MUSCLES THEM TIGHT AND I NEED TO UNWIND
BABY I’LL MAKE IT GOOD FOR YOU TOO
DON’T BE SURPRISE BY THE THINGS THAT I’LL DO

CHORUS
I REALLY LOVE IT WHEN YOU WORK IT FOR ME
MOVE YOU HEALTHY BODY BOY YOU KNOW WHAT I NEED
THE WAY U GLIDE AND THE WAY HOW U FLEX
WORK IT FOR ME; WORK IT FOR ME
WHEN U GET SERIOUS, U FOCUS ON ME
TWO A WE TOGETHER; NUFF AGONY
OOH BABY WHAT U DOING TO ME
WORK IT FOR ME; WORK IT FOR ME

WORK, WORK, WORK A BABY WORK IT (RPT 4)

VERSE
WITH PROPER GEAR, BABY IT’S ON
SKY IS THE LIMIT U BETTER HOLD ON
DEAL WITH MI STRESS, HANDLE MI FEARS
NO HOLDING BACK; I AM TAKING U THERE
TEASE ME, PLEASE ME. GIMME THE WUK
ROUGHNECK RIDE, WITH TENDER TOUCH
NO PAIN NO GAIN,
BABY I’M COMING; COMING YOUR WAY

BRIDGE
WHEN WE EXERCISE I FEEL SO ALIVE
ONLY U CAN DO, NO OTHER WILL EVER DO
WHAT U DO TO ME, OH BABY COME WITH ME,
TO OUR SPECIAL PLACE, WHERE U AND I CAN STAY

Discography

Reggae Soul - Released 2005
Here's to Love - Maxi Single - October 2007
Here's to Love - The album - December 2007

Set List

My shows consist of a set for 1 hour or 2 sets 45 minutes each
I have a broad range of 80's R&B and soft rock. Song list are as follows, this includes my songs and covers.
Here's to Love
Dedicated to you
Work it
All the way in
Love ites
Promise
No Guarantees
Hot man
Drama
Living all alone
Woman
What to do
After Hours
Someone loves you honey
Melody Life
Perfidia
Stir it up
Guava Jelly
Is this love
Dreamland
No No No
Sorry
How could I leave
Call me
Touched my heart
Ready to Love you
Betta Gwaan