Play (Lists)

Rina Chanel Celebrates the Magic of Love with ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’

Virginia Beach native Rina Chanel releases ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ ahead of her self-titled album.

Rina Chanel promo photo
Rina Chanel - Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Virginia Beach native Rina Chanel released her latest single, “Je Ne Sais Quoi,” ahead of her forthcoming self-titled EP slated for release July 2023. The fervent, soulful track celebrates the magic of love in Chanel’s signature style of class, elegance, and substance, providing yet another reminder of why her timeless music continues to captivate global audiences.

“I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about you,” Chanel says at the beginning of the track. “You’ve got that something special – that je ne sais quoi.” Even her speaking voice is alluring.

Rina Chanel notes that the French phrase “je ne sais quoi” has personal significance. “I always wanted to do a song that embodied a classy, sultry, and soulful vibe that incorporated this intriguing French phrase,” she explains. “The phrase means ‘I don’t know what’ or that something special that you can’t put your finger on that intrigues you about someone.”

Chanel studied French during high school and college and shares that she “has always had a love affair with Paris and the French language” As a child, she recalls fondly watching “romantic movies and love stories set in Paris” with her mom.

The track’s melodies are soft, delicate, and powerful, and audiences are swept up willingly into the intoxicating spell of falling in love, where time stands still, and the world feels new again. Chanel’s classic sound stands out effortlessly from the contemporary styles of the day to a magnetic effect.

Rina Chanel notes that the lyrics for “Je Ne Sais Quoi” came to her quickly and easily, forming the foundation of the song, which she then took into the studio with her creative music producer and co-writing partner Bennie Pearce, who added intricate instrumentation and production that further elevated the song.

Love changes us and serves as a reminder of the power of human connection. Although it is often difficult to put into words (“je ne sais quoi”), love just is, you just feel it, and you know that it’s right.

“I’m not the kind of girl that falls in love so easily / But it’s crystal clear to see that you have an effect on me / You’ve got me doing things that I never do cause there’s something about you,” Rina Chanel sings. Her vocal prowess is evident, and yet, Chanel uses her skilled voice to serve the music, which allows it to feel heartfelt and sincere.

Connect with Rina Chanel here to learn more about her forthcoming EP, which she says will be “introspective,” even more “personal,” and explore themes of love and life.

If Chanel’s recent singles, including” E.S.P. (charted at #1 in Italy and Canada, #8 in the U.K. and remained for four weeks at #1 on the RNB Souleffect-TV Spotify Playlist) “Sweetest of Melody” (charted at #1 in Italy and Canada, and was nominated for an Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Award ) and “Made” (debuted at #1 in Italy and Canada, and the recipient of the 3rd  Star Soul Fame Awards for the RNB Song of the Year) are any indication, Rina is not to be missed.

Find this track on the Alchemical Records Multi-genre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube. Check out the music video for “Je Ne Sais Quoi” below.

The Alchemist

Alchemical Records is your source for music in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and wordwide! Visit us on your favorite social media site and tell us how Alchemical Records helps you discover and stay current with great artists.

Subscribe to Alchemical Records today to support our efforts online and in print. 

Join the Alchemical Records Street Team to promote these and other artists, live music, and music community organizations & events while receiving cool perks from artists throughout the region.

More to explore

aSanTIS posing for the camera with headphones on (for accessibility)

aSanTIS: ‘You Are a Part of the Highest Form of Creation’

Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.

This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”

Read More »

Leave a Reply