Ch'An getting 'Lost' in the music
-by Daveny Ellis
Ch'An's 'Lost' EP is a bold and rich statement of life, love, and loss all strung together by the impressive vocals of one of Barbados' best singers and songwriters.
Born and raised in Barbados, Ch'An is a 26-year-old female vocalist with a penchant for meshing old jazz vocals and modern pop sounds. With inspirations as eclectic as Ella Fitzgerald, Pink, Amy Winehouse, and Patra, Ch'An's performances are always a touch of something fresh and exciting.
She has opened for Jah Cure, Chrisette Michelle, Melanie Fiona, and Tweet, as well as performed in various cities around the world. Wherever jazz/blues meets pop, you can find her.
Two years after releasing her first hit song, "Body", her debut EP 'Lost' has hit the airwaves. The album, launched on November 18, includes her latest single 'Just Smile' featuring fellow Barbadian artist Kris Fields and also a collaboration with Denzil Bovell.
The 11-track project is a smooth mix of RnB, soul, jazz, and blues and moves seamlessly from mood to mood.
Ch'An spoke to Loop about her EP.
Loop Barbados: What were your inspirations for this album?
Ch'An: Real-life man. I've been going through it and felt like love and life haven't been the best of friends to me and a lot of the people I know. 2018 was rough and 2019 came in for the overdo. So I wrote about it. I wrote about romantic failure. I wrote about my love hiatus. I wrote about losing loved ones and hard situations and the need to keep performing happiness anyway. I wrote about feeling like you're falling short of your purpose. All of it.
LB: Why the decision to call the project LOST?
C: Honestly, I felt that way and still do. I feel a little lost. Like, look at this place! The world is a mess. We are a generation of the lost. All the life I've poured into this project is the reality of the lost ones. We're in the paint together. Meanwhile; we gotta smile, fall in love, make babies and work with a smile while everything falls apart.
LB: What were your biggest challenges in putting together the project?
C: Honestly? It's been a wild ride career-wise but creating this project was simple when I finally sat down with Shaí and Mosi Daniel to create some new material. Some of the songs came from other moments over the past two years with producers like Diggz and Mosi. The bulk of the project though was recorded in October with Shaí providing me with the beautiful, in-the-chest, low-ended production that I love so much. I feel like we all learned so much in the process and I honestly feel lighter than I have in a long while.
LB: What is your favorite song on the album?
C: It depends on the mood I'm in. When you listen to the album you'll know exactly what I mean.
LB: Which songs are going to get videos?
C: Oh ha! You WISH I'd tell you. You'll just have to wait and see.
LB: What do you want people to take away most from this project?
C: That they're not alone. We're in this together. We've all been heartbroken. We've all been confused about our direction or purpose. We've all loved, and lost. We're really in this together. And if I dare reach too far or hope too much, that they also feel a little lighter in the end too.