This installment of The Progressive Underground features interviews with internationally-renowned soul songbird CHANTEMOORE and legendary R & B trio TONY! TONI! TONE! as Chris Campbell profiles the soul acts and dips into their respective music catalogs. Also featured will be new music material from Chaos in the CBD, Princess Freesia, Marie Dahlstrom, Softglas, Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch and many more!
We go from 8-11 pm EST on 101.9 WDET and wdet.org.
Chanté Moore, the daughter of a minister, grew up on gospel music and albums by George Duke and Lee Ritenour, sometimes applying her lyrics to their music. Moore decided as a teenager that she wanted to become a singer after an inspirational performance in a high-school rendition of The Wiz. In addition to her writing and singing talents, she was a successful beauty pageant contestant.
At the age of 22, she was discovered by producer and executive Louil Silas, who signed her to Silas Records, his MCA subsidiary. In 1992,Moore was featured on El DeBarge‘s Top 15 R&B single “You Know What I Like,” and she released Precious, her debut album. Propelled by the singles “Love’s Taken Over” and “It’s Alright,” it went gold. Three more albums for Silas/MCA, all of which either dented or flirted with the Top Ten of the R&B Albums chart, followed through 2000.
Though she didn’t release any solo material for several years, she recorded a pair of albums — 2003’s Things That Lovers Do and 2006’s Uncovered/Covered — with her then husband, Kenny Lattimore. She followed those releases in 2008 with Love the Woman, issued on the Peak label. Three years later, she and Lattimore divorced. She then signed with the Shanachie label, where she released Moore Is More in 2013. Around the same time, she appeared in TV One’s R&B Divas spin-off R&B Divas LA.
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Brothers Dwayne and Raphael Wiggins and cousin Timothy Christian have proven themselves durable guardians of the soul and funk tradition, while also infusing their music with enough contemporary devices to remain popular.
This Oakland trio scored a number one R&B hit right out of the box in 1988 with “Little Walter,” a song that generated some criticism from gospel audiences for its use of the melody from “Wade in the Water.”
When Raphael Saddiq went on to a solo career, other members of TTT have included Elijah Baker, Carl Wheeler, Randall Wiggins, and Amar Khalil, who is the current lead singer of the group, and Antron Haile