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Songstress of the No9to5 Music collective, Chandanie, has performed on stages across NYC including The Shrine, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and SOBs. Originally from Maryland, she is a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist influenced by the fusion of jazz, soul and go-go, known as Soul Liberation Music.

After independently releasing her debut is that a crime? (2015) Acoustic EP, her cover of Van Hunt’s “down here in hell (with you)” was featured on New York’s YouKnowIGotSoul New Artist Spotlight. Combining the simplicity of fluid vocal harmonies, melodic guitar lines, and acoustic percussion including conga and cajon, her sound creates lucid and rhythmic grooves. Influenced by the solidarity found in soul artists such as Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, her lyricism is often an introspective grappling with issues relating to self-love, gender counter-normativity and relationships.

Chandanie’s music and message is recommended for listeners of Erykah Badu, Emily King and Lianne La Havas. She is currently performing along the East Coast and recording her upcoming 2017 sophomore release.


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Newness: #Herstorytime

I’m a black girl from the country in MD, sometimes all I yearn for is a space that represents me. And in the event that I can’t find it, I create it. It’s a means of survival and healing, not a luxury of privilege. We all need that.
— Chandanie

A platform for healing through story-telling, HerStoryTime is a thematic photo-series and participatory space that actively engages the narratives of womyn identified people of color (WoC). This series will navigate a spectrum of shared experiences by prompting narratives of disempowerment as an act of liberation and narratives of empowerment as an act of self-love.

Coming in 2017, join the mailing list as we prepare to sit down for #HerStoryTime.


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Chandanie has been featured by Casual MuseThe RevueThe Spotlight, and YouKnowIGotSoul

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