Whenever Chantay Savage comes to mind I think how everyone thought she was a man. It wasn't a Ciara type rumor, people were literally claiming they saw Miss Savage tuck! When I saw her for the first time I said, "Well, she does look like she needs a hormone shot!" You know, sometimes I think these makeup artists at record labels have no idea how to paint ethnic women. Everything is contoured to give an illusion of "fine" features -- not even drags go that far.
Chantay was more like a half-hit wonder. The Chicago native never managed to achieve pop or R&B success. Savage released three critically acclaimed albums in nineties, she was a good lyricist, played piano, drums and I always thought her voice sounded like Cher with a better range.
Her first release was 1994's Here We Go..., which hit #89 on the Billboard album chart. Her second album, which was her biggest hit, was 1996's I Will Survive (Doin' It My Way). The album peaked at #14 and looked like Savage might be on the road to huge success. The album also included a great remake of Patti LaBelle's "Love Need Want".
1999's critically acclaimed This Time, failed to deliver with none of the singles cracking the top 40 of the R&B charts. Check out Chantay's greatest hits.
Strictly a hit in the hood, "Betcha'll Never Find" hit #14 on the Billboard R&B charts in 1994. The video is pure '90's and she looks like a completely different person from her later work.
Savage's remake of the Gloria Gaynor classic, "I Will Survive" is the only remake of this song to be certified Gold. The song was a great interpretation by slowing down the torch anthem. Plus, she was looking like butch queen up in drags in the video.
1997's "Remind Me Of (So Def)" was a song by Common, which featured Chantay Savage. The song charted at #9 on the R&B charts and would be Savage's last time in the top forty of any Billboard chart.
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