Chantal Chamandy

Chantal Chamandy

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Layered tastefully with Middle Eastern melodies, “You Want Me” showcases Chantal Chamandy’s exotic influences and dynamic vocals centered around a driving, uptempo backdrop. Her unique pop style and savvy production paves the way for this vibrant newcomer.

Biography

Chantal Chamandy is of Greek and Lebanese descent, and was born in Alexandria, Egypt. She moved to Montreal, Canada when she was a young girl, and speaks French, Italian and Spanish as well as Arabic and English.

Some of Chamandy’s earliest memories are of music. As a child in Alexandria, she remembers listening to her family’s many recordings of Oum Kalsoum, the legendary Egyptian singer generally regarded as the most accomplished Arabic-language vocalist ever. The fact that Kalsoum was so beloved by Chamandy’s French-speaking family did not seem noteworthy. “A large part of both the Lebanese and Greek communities in Egypt speaks French. Middle Eastern people tend to speak a lot of languages,” Chamandy says matter-of-factly. “I was raised in the Lebanese Orthodox church, but in our neighborhood, there were Christians and Muslims and a little bit of everything. I didn’t actually become fluent in Arabic until my grandmother came to live with us in Montreal when I was 14.”

Once ensconced with her family in French-speaking Canada, Chamandy nonetheless mastered English, today her primary language. Likewise, she became a fan of Motown, Barry White, the Bee Gees and Abba, among other pop acts.

Meanwhile, her home was filled with Italian opera and the music of Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf, and especially, Dalida, an Egyptian singer of Italian origin based in France who sang in five languages and sold more than 150 million albums around the globe during her 30-year career. Like Dalida, Chaman recorded a version of the traditional Egyptian song “Salma Ya Salama”; her lovely, evocative rendition closes Love Needs You, her latest release.

Chamandy’s own course as a singer developed in the church choir, where her mother also sang (her father favored piano). She later found herself in demand as a wedding singer, admitting: “I’d sing whenever I could. I always wanted to be onstage.” After performing a capella in a talent competition, a teacher from the Montreal Conservatory of Music encouraged her to pursue formal training, remarking, “If you work at it, you can become a great singer.” Chamandy thereafter began study with the internationally acclaimed vocal instructor Carmen Mehta.

By the time she was 15, Chamandy was writing her own material and though still in school, had essentially become a professional musician, performing throughout Canada and abroad. She made some recordings for the Canadian market for major labels, but it was not until she began to record Love Needs You that she felt she’d come into her own as a totally independent and uncontrolled artist. “With this record,” she confirms, “I wrote the music and the lyrics, I arranged the songs, I produced the songs, and the songs were recorded in my studio. I had complete control over the process. For the first time in my life, I’m doing exactly what I want creatively.”

Lyrics

Feels Like Love

Written By: Chantal Chamandy

how much do we need
to see how lucky we are
how long do you think it will last
forever could be the start

open your eyes, don't let us slip away
touch every moment and feel

does it feel like love, love, love
'cause when it feels like love, love, love
every kiss will make you high
making love will make you cry
when it feels like love

(when it feels like love)

every moment seems like the first
a passion I never knew
tu labios secos siente ser de amarte
dejamé que sea que me enamore
oh! mirame y hablame siente me
quiro acariaciarte

yo siento amor tu amor el amo
sentimientos de amor amor – solo amor
tus besos me deliran y haciendo
el amor me haces llorar

love lets you fly
makes your soul alive
love takes your breath away
grows stronger everyday

love is more than words
so come and hold me, show me the meaning
make me feel... love, amor, love te quiero te amo
'cause it feels like love

'cause when it feels like love, love, love
every kiss will make you high
making love will make you cry
when it feels like love

when it feels like, te amo te quiero, oh ya it'll
feels like love, when it feels like love, te quiero amor
tus besos, tus besos, tus besos me deliran
oh te quiero, oh siento amor ay amor
oh feels like love, love, I love you

every kiss will make you high
making love will make you cry
when it feels like love
feels like love, love, love

You Want Me

Written By: Chantal Chamandy

when I walk down the street
everyone can feel the heat
I know how to drive you out of your mind
I know what your thinkin' when you look in my eyes

I've heard every line so don't waste my time
I'm lookin' for the one the only one
if I smile and turn away
maybe this is your lucky day

you want me, maybe baby I want you to
words won't keep me if I don't believe in what I see
if you catch me will you know what to do with me
you want me and maybe I want you

I like them funny, sexy and smart
I want a lover with a big big heart
if you.re the one that.s made for me
my name is chantal, ya habibi

all or nothing is the way I live
I take nothin' for granted and I love to give
I'll never change, I love who I am
I need a real man

you want me, maybe baby I want you to
words won't keep me if I don't believe in what I see
if you catch me will you know what to do with me
you want me and maybe I want you

Discography

Love Needs You
You Want Me Reggaeton Remixes
Feels Like Love (The Remixes)
Feels Like Love (The Northy Cotto Remixes)
Feels Like Love (Single)
Feels Like Love (The Remixes) - EP