PREMIERE: Keshia Chanté Talks Junos, Canadian R&B and Reveals New Single, “Nothing New”

It’s been six years since Keshia Chanté released her last album, but after the success of her Juno-Nominated UNBOUND 01 EP, she has her sights now set on releasing UNBOUND 02 with the same success. Ahead of its release, we got the red light to premiere her newest single, “Nothing New” – a self-affiming song produced by Yogidaproducer and co-written by Savannah Re, and also caught up with the Canadian songstress before she heads to the Juno Awards.

“There is constantly new stuff pulling us getting our attention & pulling us into different directions. This song is about saying that ‘Nothing New’ will ever distract me from how I feel about you. Not a new man, not a new opportunity, new experiences. This love is loyal,” Keshia says about the new song. She continues calling co-writer Savannah Re & producer Yogidaproducer “the new wave of talent coming out of the city [Toronto].”

Keshia’s commitment to music has also landed her a 2018 Juno nomination – something that she’s familiar with, but feels like a first time all over again. “It’s incredible! This is my 7th Juno nomination. I won a Juno Award back in 2004 for Best R&B Recording with my debut album,” she recalls. “It blows my mind to think about where I came from & where I’m continuously going. I am very grateful. This album is particularly meaningful for me because of the personal attachment I have to the theme of being Unbound and what it took emotionally & creatively to put this project together. To have it acknowledged in any way is truly a blessing.”

If there’s one thing that’s been connecting Toronto music lately is the massive amount of R&B talents coming out of the scene, and in particular, at the Juno Awards. Whether it be Daniel Caesar or Jessie Reyez, this year R&B is at the forefront for, what is, one of the few times it’s happened in the award show history.

“Hip Hop & R&B have taken over the musical landscape internationally so it’s about time Canada gets on board!,” Keshia states. “The Juno Awards are really our Canadian Grammy’s and now more than ever, we have talent breaking boundaries and being recognized around the world. It brings me so much joy to see my friends getting the opportunities they deserve & I feel very proud that our country & industry is showing them the love & recognition they deserve.”

Listen to “Nothing New” below, and keep an eye out for her new album, UNBOUND 02.


 

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