Twenty-five-year-old Ch’An is a passionate and soulful singer whose talent cannot be denied. Her voice is melodic and infectious and she can sing across genres – be it reggae, soul, R&B or pop, to name a few. Each time, she leaves audiences speechless.
The former Christ Church Foundation School student has soared on the Selecta Charts where she was featured in Fire by Diggz featuring herself and Alix Cage. The up-tempo song is a mix between R&B and soca.
She told Bajan Vibes how Fire was brought to fruition.
“I started a company with some colleagues of mine – Diggz, Lexi, Xavier Jhon Clair and Kris Fields. It is a media company that is focused on creating great content. We would have gotten together like earlier this year and it was very organic how we all met. We got a call from a company in Boston that wanted to produce music from TV and we actually came together . . . . I got the call maybe 10 o’clock in the studio. I started writing and Fire was born,” she said.
Ch’An said she always wanted to collaborate with Barbadian vocalist Alix Cage and Fire made it finally happen. “…It was a great opportunity to do that and it’s actually Diggz’s song, not mine, but it was an honour to be a feature,” she said.
Ch’An also spoke about her self-penned single, Body, to be released soon. “ is a love story. I wrote it when I was all in my feelings. But, it was more of a reflective state than necessarily something that was current. If you listen to the words and pay attention to them, they have a nostalgic element in some parts,” she explained.
“It has been on the back burner for a while because I didn’t release it until I was sure what I wanted it to sound like. So I spent actually the last year performing it and perfecting different nuances of the delivery. We finally put it down, the final performance, around my birthday on the 6th August. I left the studio and Diggz and Alix Cage stayed in the studio and were working on it and touching it up,” she said.
Despite her recent success, the road has not always been easy for Ch’An. At one point, she was actually thinking about taking a break from music. However, as destiny would have it, just when she thought about doing so, she got an opportunity to be a spotlight artiste at Mahalia’s Corner last year.
“I had spoken to them earlier up that year regarding actually being a feature . . . . At the time, I was going through some stuff and I couldn’t imagine myself being on stage because I had gone through a point where I wanted to take a break from music and find something else to do for a little while,” she said.
Ch’An was encouraged by her vocal coach and friend, Rochè, a month or so before the start of the show, to go and talk with the members of 2MileHill who are the organizers of Mahalia’s Corner, to see if it was too late for her to be a part. “The features were already closed off,” she recalled, “but then they were, ‘You know what, you want to be a spotlight artiste?’ I was like ‘sure’.”
What happened next can only be described as phenomenal. In a performance that highly impressed the audience, Ch’An showcased her talent putting her heart and soul into a rendition of Sia’s Chandelier, which many professional singers shy away from because of the many riffs and change of keys.
Ch’An, however, put her own spin on the song and delivered it so passionately and expertly that it left many persons at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre speechless. After the performance, she received many calls and text messages from persons seeking to find out who is this girl with such a powerful voice and vocal range.
Ch’An had three pieces of advice to anyone aspiring to become an entertainer: (1) If it’s not what you think about all day every day, then it is not something that you should pursue; (2) If you are in it, don’t quit; (3) Life is about the pursuit of passion.