Chauntoria is a Pop and R&B singer from Albany, Georgia and currently resides in the city of Columbus, Georgia. Her strong but smooth vocals paired with her clever word play create a refreshing, inspiring, and modern vibe for listeners. At an early age, Chauntoria had a deep love and passion for music, singing, and performing. Growing up she was heavily inspired by R&B, Neo Soul, gospel, show tunes, pop and classical music. Chauntoria delved more into music in 2010 when she started doing live solo and group performances in school and church. In 2019 she decided to begin her professional music career and has since released several singles including: "Karmaa" and "Silent Treatment".
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I decided in February of 2019 to professionally pursue my music career. From then to now I would say I have grown and matured as an artist in several ways. My entire music career so far has been a transformation journey. When I first started I wanted to express myself musically through lyrics, through the music that I chose, and through my presentation and interactions with supporters. At that point I allowed fears and negative thoughts to control whether or not I did that and how I did that. Now, I'm not allowing myself to make excuses for why I can't do those things. I'm not afraid to express something that I might think, I'm not afraid to make music that maybe my high school teacher wouldn't approve of, and I'm not afraid to be my complete authentic self.
How did you come up with your latest project?
I came up with my latest project through life experience. In August of 2021 I released a project called "Thanks For The Love". This project was inspired by events that occurred from the time that I quit my job in pursuit of my music career in 2018 until early 2021. Initially the project was supposed to be roughly 15 songs, but due to me pressing for that release date and feeling as though I had to put out an EP in order to feel like a real artist, it was cut down to only six songs. Every song from this EP was emotion filled and I was extremely connected to each story that was told in these songs. Creating this EP really was a spiritual journey, I was able to hear the growth in the songs as well as see the growth in myself as I created each song. It was initially going to be called "The Chariot" because I felt like I had transitioned from being on hold for so many years to being nearly unstoppable. I later changed the name because I felt that my supporters had waited so long for this EP that they deserved some gratitude. On May 6th 2022 I decided to remove this project from streaming platforms in order to revise it and make improvements to it more of something that myself and my supporters would be proud of. It will be rereleased at a later date in 2022.
Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised on the east side of Albany, Georgia.
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Columbus, Georgia. I've been here for almost 2 years.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
I'm not exactly sure if where I'm living now really impacts how my music is made. I mainly say this because of the fact that I travel around the state to wherever I may need to go to get my music done and also because of the internet.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
The inspiration to make music my career was initially my love of music, singing, being on stage, and seeing people be moved by my voice. I started singing when I was young and as I grew into my voice and received training I felt more and more comfortable with the idea that music would be my career. The dedication to making it my career now is the fact that I went 4 years without singing or performing. I know what that felt like and I never want to feel like that again.
How do you want to shape your career?
I want to shape my career with authenticity as the foundation. I also want to make sure that as my career grows that pure creativity and rawness isn't lost. I want my career to grow in a way that leaves a legacy that I can be proud of.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
A: I honestly work on a tight timeline as well as go with the flow. I find myself being able to do my best work when I allow myself to go with the flow. Whenever I allow myself to go with the flow I'm able to create or get results more quickly and easily.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
The newest song I currently have is called Karmaa. The name of the song really came from the subject matter. The song is about being a person who is so untouchable and unstoppable by negativity. It really says that if someone tries to send negativity your way, it's just gonna come back at them.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
No, I don't think it's hard to let go of music when it's done and from what I've learned that's how you KNOW it's done. Of course there comes some nerves about how it will be received but allowing it to be heard is not in question.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
I feel an emotional attachment to my music the most during the creative process. After the music has been released I find myself becoming a little detached for a few weeks. My music is like my baby and each song is like a child because I write my own songs and I put my all into them. They come from a deeper part of myself that I typically don't express in conversation.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
If I had to describe my music in one word to someone who hasn't listened yet I would say that it is refreshing. A lot of the music that we hear nowaday sounds very much the same and my music, I feel, doesn't follow all the rules of mainstream music.
Where do they go to listen NOW?
If you want to listen to my music now I can be found on all streaming platforms under my name, Chauntoria.
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
All of the reactions to my music amaze me and make me want to keep pushing forward. The best fan reaction I've had to my music is hands down my mom's reaction when she heard my song Cigarettes. She was so proud. I released the song on her birthday, August 27th in 2019. This song was one of my only songs she got the chance to hear. She passed from gallbladder cancer in October of 2019.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
There is so much excitement coming up for me. I'm specifically working on the re-release of "Thanks For The Love" and promotion for my last single, Karmaa.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
At the moment I am open for bookings, but I haven't performed the song live yet. I'm definitely looking forward to performing it though.
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
I'm on Instagram: @tori_themelody, Facebook: Chauntoria, and TikTok: tori_themelody