"Her powerful voice is characterized by superb diction...heartfelt intonation...and often aching beauty." - All About Jazz
With feet rooted in gospel, a heart filled with soul, and a voice touched with jazz, singer and songwriter Chanda Rule has been weaving stories through song, humming melodies, and bending words since her childhood. Gracefully mesmerizing audiences nationally and internationally, Chanda's genre-defying voice has been featured in a variety of musical projects: from her latest album "Sapphire Dreams" recorded with the legendary pianist Kirk Lightsey, "Feeling Good: A Tribute to Nina Simone" where she sang along side sax powerhouse Donny McCaslin, to appearing as a featured vocalist on ARTE Concert, Ö1 Jazznacht, ORF's Dancing Stars, and sharing her song and sound with digital performance art projects and folkloric dance companies. Featured in Cicily Janus' "The New Face of Jazz" (Billboard Books), Chanda has also performed as an opening act for India.Arie, Kamasi Washington, Amel Larrieux, Angela Bofill, Regina Belle & The Whispers.
A published writer, ordained interfaith minister and speaker who also uses her music for community building and liturgy, Chanda’s original stories, that combine literature, sacred text and music have been awarded, commissioned, and are currently featured on the Vennly podcasts.
Like|Water (2005), I Too Speak of a River (2007), LIVE in Schwaz (2009), Rise Up (2010), Surrender (2010), Feelin' Good: A Tribute to Nina Simone (2011), Homebound (2013) Sapphire Dreams (2018), Better Place (Martin Reiter, 2018), Hold On (2020)
Many believe that our eyes are the windows to the soul. I say it's the voice. Our individual sound is like an invisible finger print and I love working with the unique twists and turns, highs and lows of this human instrument. My teaching technique is a compilation of life experiences: the lessons learned while studying the voice privately for 10 years as well as at Hunter College and City College of New York (CUNY School of Music), my years working with the body and breath as a certified Pilates instructor, my journey with the soul of music and research on how our emotions and spirit affect our sound while studying at One Spirit Learning Alliance and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, as well as my life path as a performer. My teaching is soul-focused, breath-centered, catered to each student, and supports mind and body awareness and a healthy, long-lasting voice.