Chanda Rule
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"Chanda – Oh, That Voice!"

March 1st, 2007

Where She’s From: “I like to say I was born amidst the bump n’ grind of the Windy City in the Disco-Funk Era. My Chicago was full of color, snow, R&B music, church, and school,” lovely Chanda Rule tells The Black Star News. “I have a very spiritual and academic family. My great-grandmother went back to school when she was 60 to get her GED. She was a role model for my dad, who passed on this fervor for education and knowledge-seeking to me. Along with that, he taught me that my opinion, my hopes and my dreams, always mattered. He encouraged me to love God and express myself.”

Chanda attended the Black Mecca of academics, Howard University in Washington, DC and studied Journalism and Advertising. “The spark for my career ignited during my first job after college,” she recalls. “I was a spokesperson for Oscar Mayer and traveled around in the Wienermobile. I remember singing on stage in this huge auditorium as a joke. But inside I was like, ‘man, this feels good.’ A few years later, after working in Public Relations and Marketing, I did my first musical, Hair, in Amsterdam and Milan.”

“While performing in musical theatre, I released a CD of original R&B music in 2005,” Chanda adds.”

Where She’s At: Many of Chanda’s songs are arrangements of old Spirituals. “I believe that the voices of my ancestors are speaking through me, through song. It’s already developing into more than I can imagine—more singing, traveling, collaborating, creating, building, rejoicing, evolving.”

Chanda recalls how she overcame a challenge. “While recording my CD, seven tracks got erased. I won’t pretend that this didn’t send my head reeling. But eventually, after getting quiet, and really asking myself what I needed to learn from this, I saw that my vision had been too small, and that those tracks needed to be re-recorded to represent a larger vision.”

Chanda has performed with many well-known artists, including as a lead vocalist with jazz drummer Victor Jones. She sang along side internationally acclaimed musicians such as Mino Cinelu, Papo Vasquez and John Benitez. An opening artist for Regina Belle & The Whispers, India.Arie, Angela Bofill, and Amel Larrieux, she has also performed at various jazz and music festivals, Birdland, Le-Club Moscow, Hard Rock Café, and the Jazz Standard.

Chanda has also performed as a guest artist with Osubi Craig and Prophecy Music Project, a group of musicians who fuse traditional African rhythms with Afro-Cuban, Latin, jazz, and blues to teach world history and promote cultural awareness, at the Bethlehem Musikfest, University of Maryland – College Park, and Widner University.

Where She’s Heading: “My second CD will be released in April. I’m at the stage where I create music that speaks to my heart and not what I think the industry wants. But each stage is like a rebirth in a way. I’m constantly evolving. My goal is to musically speak my truth, and to encourage people to do the same. My goal is to create sacred music—that is, music that uplifts, brings a smile, a tear, a laugh, but ultimately inspires evolution.” The CD melds African-American folk music with moveable grooves and jazzy lullabies.

Chanda’s Words Of Wisdom: “‘The best way to live is to live like water,’ which is from the Tao Te Ching.”
Chanda’s Secrets Of Success: “My relationship with God, friends, and family.”
Chanda’s Favorite All Time Three Movies: “Color Purple, Frida, Kama Sutra.”
Chanda’s Favorite All Time Three Books: “Alice Walker’s Temple of My Familiar,
Iyanla Vanzant’s Tapping the Power Within, and Ntzoke Shange’s Nappy Edges.”
The First Three Things Chanda Would Do As President: “Bring the troops home, establish free health care, and revamp the Public School system.”

Black Star News is a New York based Pan-African weekly investigative newspaper

- Special To The Black Star News

"Breakin' the Rule"

"Chanda Rule is Nu jazz’s newest jewel known for her smooth delivery of spirituals intertwined with blues and jazz melodies."

D. Bell - Uptown Flavor

"Soulful Waters..."

"The sound is reminiscent of a young Oleta Adams that's been doused with holy (yet soulful) waters of Dinah, Ella, and Dianne Reeves all perfectly woven into a spiritual, musical experience."
- Eddie Robinson, Rhapsody

"Brooklyn Sings Brooklyn Swings"

"Whether she is working in a jazz, folk, world music, or soul-based motif, she conveys meaning convincingly, with a distinctive style and accomplished musicianship. Possessed of a supple, open, and delectably sweet vocal instrument that ranges effortlessly across the octaves, Chanda's concerts are joyous experiences that bring smiles to faces and warmth to hearts; they unite listeners in recognition of the transcendent power of an art that defies boundaries."
- Jay Kaplan, Brooklyn Public Library - Dweck Auditorium

"A Voice Like Water"

"What do you get when you mix spiritual melodies, lyrical grace, jazzy vocals, and R&B? You get a woman who carries a magnificent voice that explodes with clarity and beauty that is bound to fill your spirit to its rim with musical serenity...her name is Chanda Rule. I am so excited to feature jazz songstress Chanda Rule on ymib. I immediately fell in love with her clarity and sound and got goosebumps (the sure sign of good music) while listening to her album "I to Speak of A River", especially track #13 entitled: "Everything Must Change". Her voice and tone are just simply amazing."
Soul Living, YMIB -


I Too Speak of a River (2007)
Like|Water (2005)



Chanda Rule began weaving stories through song while growing up in Chicago. After graduating from Howard University in Journalism, she was irresistibly drawn back to the magic of music. “There is something about rhythm and melody that can always find a smile, laughter, even a tear… it transcends language and breaks through barriers.”

Embracing, blending and creatively expanding the boundaries of Jazz, Gospel and R & B, Chanda brings a 'whole nother take' to music... She lays her heart on the line; seeking to go beyond winning audiences - Chanda yearns to reach out, engage and inspire them through her music of love, life and hope... No easy task, yet Chanda's striking presence, vocal beauty, power and versatility never fails to command the stage - gracefully mesmerizing audiences, even when opening for such greats as India.Arie, Angela Bofill and Amel Larrieux.

Rule's melding of Spirituals and traditional hymns, original blues and jazz, with modern day multi-media and spoken word brings smiles to faces, warmth to hearts, and unites listeners in recognition of the transcendent power of an art that defies boundaries.

Black Star News
"Sensual spiritual sensation."