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Chante Moore Returns To R&B

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been eight years since Chante Moore’s last mainstream album. But the R&B singer notes that “it’s not like I haven’t been working since then.”

In fact, Moore, 41, has been plenty busy in the interim. She and her second husband, Kenny Lattimore, recorded a gospel album, 2006’s “Covered/Uncovered,” and co-starred in the stage musical “Things That Lovers Do.” In 2007, Moore was in the touring production of “By Any Means Necessary.”

But all the while, she knew a return to her solo career was in the offing, which she’s done with “Love the Woman,” to be released Tuesday and features production by George Duke and Raphael Saadiq and covers of songs by Aretha Franklin (“Start of Something Big”), Nancy Wilson (“Guess Who I Saw Today”) and Minnie Ripperton, who sang “Give Me the Time” while Moore — who has a child from each of her marriages — walked down the aisle at her wedding to Lattimore.

“I wanted to do real music,” Moore says of the new outing. “I just wanted to make songs I love and work with people I respect and enjoy myself without feeling like I have to compete with any of the new Rihannas and Beyonces and whoever else.

“It’s really just about the music for me. I’m maturing into a woman, so the kid mentality is not there as much. It’s not about ‘Oh my God, I want a hit, I want a hit’ and trying to figure out whatever the record company wants. It has to be about the music that comes honestly and feels natural to me.”

Chante Moore, Alex Bugnon and Paul Taylor perform as part of Norman Brown’s Summer Storm Tour Wednesday (June 18) at Chene Park, 2600 E. Atwater St., Detroit. Tickets are $15 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (313) 393-7128 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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