Born Chantelle Vanessa Ernandez in Kingston, Jamaica, Chantelle along with four classmates formed a Gospel group while attending Alpha Academy in her first year of high school. This trend continued at the Holy Childhood high School for girls, where she spent the rest of her high school years. In her third year, not only was she one of the lead singers for the choir, but she was also the main lead singer and very vital part of a then popular school-song group called “Essence”.
1999 was the turning point in Chantelle’s professional career. In March of that year the group began cutting demos at the Grafton Music Complex owned by renowned Jamaican music producer Mickey Bennett. In the summer of 1999 she met and began recording for Gumption Productions owned by the leading members of Jamaica’s International Reggae Band “Gumption” and while working with them, met Michael Fletcher independent producer, and Musical Director for International Reggae artist Shaggy. At age 16, she did her first solo recording, “Something Inside My Heart” for Mr. Fletcher. Since then she’s sung harmonies for a wide range of known Jamaican Reggae acts. Her harmony works includes Gregory Isaac’s 2004 album, Mickey Dread’s 2006 album and, she has also recorded harmonies, toured and performed with the likes of Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals), Max Romeo, Ernie Smith, Prezident Brown, Norris Man, Jah Mason, Mr. Vegas, Fantan Mojah, Perfect, Lutan Fyah, Anthony Cruz, Chuck Fenda, Natty King, Lymie Murray, Chrisinti, Lenn Hammond and Courtney John (formerly “Yogie”), just to name a few. Chantelle toured North and South America with the internationally known “Wailers” (formerly Bob Marley and The Wailers) and left the band to focus on her own career.
After much growth and maturity in the business, Chantelle has stepped up and stepped out from being a Background Vocalist, and is now wowing audiences all over with her powerful vocals and sweet, relatable lyrics.
Currently Chantelle Ernandez is under the management and musical direction of Michael Fletcher, Production and booking of Marcus Sanchez La-Fuente and Genis Trani (Reggaeland, Barcelona), and is the “First-Lady” of the London based Indie Lable, Necessary Mayhem, under the Production and guidance of Curtis Lynch. Chantelle recently released her 5 track EP “My Forever”, produced by Curtis Lynch (Necessary Mayhem), and several other singles by other Producers on iTunes. Her release of the female anthem “Perfect” and it’s remix, “Rien N’est Parfait”, which features French Rapper Kenyon, both produced by French production company, Irie Ites, are also currently available on iTunes and Virgin’s online store.
She has several singles and videos set for release before the end of this year and early next year. Chantelle is currently touring Europe and is in the process of finalizing plans for live tours in North America for 2012.
Chantelle Ernandez consistently lives her personal motto “THE SKY IS NO LIMIT!!!”
Management Contact: Michael Fletcher