"Her powerful voice is characterized by superb diction...heartfelt intonation...and often aching beauty."
- All About Jazz
Soul stirring. Powerful. Sacred. Goose-bump inducing! With feet rooted in the gospel traditions of the South, a heart filled with soul, and a voice touched with jazz, Chanda has been weaving stories through song, humming melodies, and bending words since her childhood. Mesmerizing audiences around the world with her “liquid clear” song “bound to fill your spirit to its rim with musical serenity” and her passion for leading audiences of all backgrounds in harmonious song, Chanda loves to proclaim that music is a healing balm for the human spirit and uses music to honor the downright sacred wholeness of every being.
Chanda performs internationally at festivals and concert halls such as BAMCafé, Brucknerhaus, Tchaikovsky Hall, and Dizzy's Coca Cola, The Apollo, Symphony Space, Harlem Stage and Lincoln Center and leads congregational music at churches, spiritual centers and performance spaces around the world. Her voice has graced a variety of musical projects: from her Langston Hughes inspired concert "I Too Speak of a River" and "Feelin' Good: A Tribute to Nina Simone", to regularly performing with jazz trumpeter Franz Hackl's Outreach Orchestra, Denis Matsuev's Crescendo Festival, and New Music concerts with film composer Gene Pritsker. She has also opened for Regina Belle & The Whispers, Angela Bofill, India.Arie, Amel Larrieux and toured with the Golden Gospel Singers.
An ordained interfaith minister and seminarian, Chanda received the 2015 Hudnut Award for her sermons that combine music, poetry and story from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University.
Recordings: Like|Water (2005), I Too Speak of a River (2007), LIVE in Schwaz (2009), Rise Up (2010), Surrender (2010), Feelin' Good(2011), Homebound (2013)