By Cynthia Gross
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R&B artist and Virginia Beach native Rina Chanel recently released her latest single, “Sweetest of Melody (feat. Senghor Robinson),” a captivating, effortlessly timeless track brimming with charisma, gravitas, and exquisite style. The song, which is essentially a declaration of love, showcases Chanel’s incredible talent as a vocalist, placing her in a class all of her own.
“I have always been inspired by love songs and wanted to do a duet,” Chanel explains. “Something that evoked romance and Paris café vibes. My producer, Bennie Pearce, sent me an initial idea on the track. I kept hearing a romantic theme and undertones and was inspired to write in that direction.”
“I love all things Paris and was thrilled to be able to add some French into the song. If you listen carefully, it’s in the sax solo section. Bennie brought in the male vocalist, Senghor Robinson, and the sweetest of melody was created,” she adds.
“Sweetest of Melody” effectively uses call-and-response to capture romantic sentiments from both lovers. True love is indescribable, evoking boundless emotions that are difficult to capture in words. “Can’t quite put into words exactly how you make me feel,” Chanel sings before passing the singing reins to Robinson.
When words are not enough, the musical composition of “Sweetest of Melody” articulates feelings too profound to describe. The expressive saxophone throughout the track, expertly captured by producer Bennie Pearce of Phillie-BOP Productions, is especially lovely, giving audiences all the feels.
Prior to her career as an R&B artist, Rina Chanel was an opera singer. “Singing opera gave me gave a strong foundation, helped me develop my technique, stage presence and have an appreciation for other languages; yet, I have always been inspired by my favorite R&B, soul, and jazz singers,” Chanel notes. Her influences include Sade, Anita Baker, Tamia, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, and Mariah Carey.
When asked about the defining moment that sparked her transition from opera to R&B, Chanel shared: “I always knew that I wanted to sing on a national and international stage performing my original music. I made the decision to transition from opera after working with vocal coach and international recording soul artist Tracy Hamlin.” Chanel’s passion for R&B, jazz, and soul music was reignited after performing background vocals for Hamlin.
As part of her classical training, Rina Chanel learned to sing in French, German, Italian, and Czech. She is an alumna of The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as Radford University, where she attended on a voice scholarship. Her solo work has charted at #1 in Canada, Italy, and the United States, and she’s just getting started.
Rina Chanel’s latest single is a mesmerizing love song in its finest form. “There were lovers near and far, but no one ever mattered before you,” Chanel sings. Like a warm embrace, “Sweetest of Melody” enraptures listeners, moving even jaded skeptics to believe in love again. True love may be rare, but Rina Chanel reminds us that it’s always worth finding.
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Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
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