"Her powerful voice is characterized by superb diction...heartfelt intonation...and often aching beauty."
All About Jazz
With feet rooted in gospel, a heart filled with soul, and a voice touched with jazz, singer and songwriter Chanda Rule has been weaving stories through song, humming melodies, and bending words since her childhood. Gracefully mesmerizing audiences nationally and internationally, Chanda's genre-defying voice has been featured in a variety of musical projects: from her latest album "Sapphire Dreams" recorded with the legendary pianist Kirk Lightsey, "Feeling Good: A Tribute to Nina Simone" where she sang along side sax powerhouse Donny McCaslin, to appearing as a featured vocalist on Ö1 Jazznacht, ORF's Dancing Stars, and sharing her song and sound with digital performance art projects and folkloric dance companies. Featured in Cicily Janus' "The New Face of Jazz" (Billboard Books), Chanda has also performed as an opening act for India.Arie, Kamasi Washington, Amel Larrieux, Angela Bofill, Regina Belle & The Whispers and has worked as a vocalist and songwriter with a variety of artists.
"Rising up from the overcrowded and often clichéd vocal scene in jazz, Chanda Rule is truly a breath that, once taken in, could sustain your life." Cicily Janus, The New Face of Jazz, Billboard Books
A published writer, ordained interfaith minister and speaker who also uses her music for community building and liturgy, Chanda’s Langston Hughes inspired concert series, “I Too Speak of a River,” was granted the Harlem Stage Fund for New Works, and “Listening to Roots and Voicing Branches,” a multimedia theater piece she penned and performed with recording artist Somi was presented in New York’s Apollo Salon Featured New Works Series and Lincoln Center. Her original stories, that combine literature, sacred text and music have been awarded, commissioned, and are currently featured on the Vennly podcasts.