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Since the release of her 1992 debut, "Precious," Chanté Moore has been an R&B diva in the U.S. and in Europe. She has outlasted many female artists of the 90s amassing five albums and Top 20 hit singles ("Chanté’s Got A Man," "Love’s Taken Over," "It’s Alright," "Old School Lovin’") over the past 18 years.

Chanté (which means appropriately sing in French) has also contributed to four soundtrack albums, including "Waiting to Exhale," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and "Romeo Must Die." Combining her gospel roots with a soulful R&B and Jazz mix, Moore has been one of the few female songwriters/singers who puts her life out there in her lyrics.

Her biopic is in her music; the highs and lows, the loves and losses, and the faith to carry on. Prior to her upcoming return to her hometown of San Francisco to perform at Yoshi’s Jazz Club (July 5), I visited with the Los Angeles-based songstress, and she set a few things straight about her musical background, expressed her wonderful experience working with Whitney Houston, explained how staying true to life is expressed in her music, and talked about the next chapter in her life after divorce.

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