“One God … one love … one mic” is the mantra singer/songwriter Chanda “Cel” Long lives by. Cel easily merges elements of neo and classic soul, gospel, rock, R&B and hip-hop in every note that emerges from her multidimensional vocal instrument. Not often can an artist evoke emotions that comfort and console you, yet encourage and inspire you. Cel’s “centric blend” of urban music lends to the versatility of her vocal abilities, often harnessing notes so soul-stirring and powerful they’re akin to the Jill Scotts of the world. A Detroit girl with Philly soul can only mean one thing … a star is on the move!
Just before graduating from high school, Cel got her big break as a hype woman for late R&B sensation Aaliyah. As she was “warming up” crowds of thousands for the fellow Detroiter, Cel caught a glimpse of a performer’s point of view and has never looked back. An internship landed Cel at East Lansing radio station 96.5 WQHH while attending Michigan State University. It was there that she began developing her skills as a performer, and the station quickly gave her a spot of her own. As an on-air personality, she propelled her show to the top of its 6-10 p.m. time slot in the urban music market. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications, with an emphasis on radio and TV, Cel improved their on-air programming. But she was ultimately moved to herald her voice and “fresh & nostalgic at the same time” brand of entertainment during weekends on stages across the state. These weekend dates eventually led to opening for Grammy Award winners Outkast, and poets J. Ivy and Malik Yusef, and recording studio vocals behind acts such as Nelly, the St. Lunatics and Royce Da 5′9″. This gave Cel national exposure, landing her in major cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Cleveland, New York and Miami.
In between the excitement of working with other acts, Cel put out a few studio projects herself: “Journey” (2004), “One Love” (2006) and “Deluxxe Organic” (2010). And she began sharing her unique sound at several charitable functions, opening the international door for a groundbreaking tour for U.S. troops stationed in Diego Garcia, South Korea, Singapore and Japan. As the stars continued to align high above, Cel worked on three LPs by recording artist Shelby Brown. She even churned out a mixtape in 2011, “Life, Beats & Samples,” laden with tracks by late super producer James “J Dilla” Yancey.
Cel is a noteworthy concoction of soul, passion and character. She connects to her audience on all levels and uses her God-given talents to bring people together. Cel has diligently been working in the studio writing and recording with her long-revered mentor, Kenny Hickson, a Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer/composer who has written and produced for Charlie Wilson, Boys II Men, Tamia, Carl Thomas and more. You can check out her newest studio project they spear headed together, an EP entitled “All Tied To Love” which will be available as a digital release and already streaming live all over the world and ready for purchase.