Mr. Chenier is a 7x Nominee for Male R&B Artist of the Year at the Carolina Music Awards, 2x Winner for Male R&B Artist of the Year at the Bull City Music Awards, and Winner for Music Video of the Year at the Bull City Music Awards. Currently, he is a 3X nominee for the Queen City Awards.
If you’ve been two steppin with the Ambassador of R&B then go ahead and give Mr. Chenier your vote for Male R&B artist of the year. Log onto WWW.QUEENCITYAWARDS.COM/VOTING and select Chenier. You can vote daily from multiple emails.
Please tell us about some of your latest projects and what you have in the works.
Mr. Chenier: I released my latest single called Superman with video that are doing great numbers. I’m working on my upcoming body of work called “Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself” I’m also preparing for Vol. 22 of my concert series called Night of Soul taking place in December.
Do you prefer to listen to music, or create it?
Mr. Chenier: Definitely create it. I’ll listen to it afterward.
If you listen to music, who are you listening to these days?
Mr. Chenier: Let’s see, Keith Sweat, Charlie Wilson, Bruno Mars, and always Michael Jackson(RIP). It’s so many other artists too. Usually, I’m vibing to the song but don’t know the artist. Lol…
Are you ever compared to other artists? If so, who?
Mr. Chenier: When I first started with my first song One Fantasy I was compared to Brian McKnight because of my tone and falsetto. Lately, I’ve been compared to Joe, R. Kelly, and Charlie Wilson to name a few.
What sets you apart from other artists?
Mr. Chenier: I stay in my own lane and don’t follow trends. I feel that’s what makes you who you REALLY are in this business. We already had a Luther Vandross(RIP), we already have a Beyonce.
In what ways has your music evolved since you first began your career?
Mr. Chenier: I’ve become more creative and not worried about those who don’t like my music. I challenged myself on every song and create what feels good to me and so far the response is phenomenal.
Would you agree that it’s important to study all genres of music and the history of the music industry before entering it? Did you study other artists and music history?
Mr. Chenier: Definitely! By having the various genres under your belt you will be able to have a huge impact in the business; especially as a songwriter. I was big on the Motown Sound. Marvin Gaye, David Ruffin, and Smokey Robinson were some of my influences. Also 80’s pop music.
What would you like to see more of from Black artists in the music industry?
Mr. Chenier: More originality! Stop doing what the next artist do because you feel you can do it better. Autotune isn’t for everybody.
For anyone who is just now learning about your music, what would you like to say to them?
Mr. Chenier: Allow me to introduce myself!
Mr. Chenier: Shouts out to my manager Candice Adams, my producer Lee Tate of Broken Wings Music Group, and all of my fans of Team Grown & Sexy!! The Ambassador salutes….#Solid