Who is Chanel? Most know of her from the hit Urban Gospel group Trin-i-tee 5:7. Chanel has embarked upon another phase of her life and career as a solo artist. Now is the time for everyone to know Chanel in an intimate way. Without apology, she is uniquely herself. The creative genius she is, Chanel shares pieces of herself lyrically and musically on her new album "Trin-i-tee 5:7: According to Chanel".
Venturing out as a solo artist can be very scary, however Chanel has been in the Gospel music industry for quite some time and her base of followers from Trin-i-tee 5:7 remain devoted. With her distinctive vocals and her edgy chic with a regal flair style has been her trademark. There's no mistake, Chanel was meant for this.
Chanel's vision of timelessness for her new album, as she wrote the songs, spoke to her individuality. As on her first single "Believe", Chanel brought the "Trin-i-tee 5:7" flavor we are all used to, but as you dig deeper into the track list you unravel, like a thread from a beautiful tapestry, her heart. Her choice to keep the titles only one word was for the lyrics and musicianship to speak to the listeners. You'll notice that the album is a collage of musical genres, which is what makes Chanel unique. At her core, the musical influences that have shaped her sound translate her depth of artistry. Lyrically you can't miss her yearning and outpouring of her relationship with her Creator.
On the same vein as Chanel's music showcases her artistry and creativity, so does her album cover art. As a lover eras of yesteryear, Chanel channeled some of the classic influential personas of our time. Her photos are captured in such a way that you would want to place them in a frame and hang them from your wall. True artistry at its best. When you listen to her new album you will not forget it. Chanel's vocal ability and tenacity to be uniquely herself sets her apart and skillfully positions her to reach those who have been labeled outcasts.
Because Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost, his methodology differed from the typical "church" people of his time, but it was effective. Some may say he was even radical. Whether you agree or not is not the subject matter, however was he effective? Yes. There's one story of how a disciple complained to Jesus of a man casting out spirits in his name, but Jesus stopped them and told them that the man was doing exactly what he was supposed to. Just because he wasn't with them, physically following, didn't diminish his effectiveness or relevancy (Luke 9:49, 50 KJV). Sometimes, we have to stop ourselves from being judgemental other's methods of sharing the gospel. Their effectiveness or relevancy is not based upon our thinking, but on God's choice to use whomsoever he wishes to get his message across.
"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men... Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee." (Titus 2:11,14,15 KJV)