13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As part of gospel trio Trin-i-Tee 5:7, Chanel Haynes has matched sanctified lyrics with lustrous jams that rival the best of TLC and Destiny’s Child. On her first solo outing, she retains her group’s God-centered perspective and R&B-influenced approach while bringing a more explicitly autobiographical focus to her songwriting. Trin-i-Tee 5:7 According to Chanel comes from a very personal place as it addresses issues of faith, love and redemption. “Prayer” (an intense piano-centered ballad), “Superstar” (a fiery upbeat track reflecting on the cost of fame) and “Friends” (a softly shimmering tribute to her bandmates) rank among the most self-revealing tunes Chanel has ever recorded. Musically, she finds new ways to express Bible-rooted truths that ought to both please and surprise longtime Trin-i-tee fans. “He” smolders to a deeply passionate groove that suggests Mavis Staples at her heyday; “Larry” brings in muted jazz tones with the wistful sophistication of vintage Roberta Flack. Chanel binds these shifting textures together with her praise-filled lyrics and an openhearted attitude that invites listeners to join her in worship.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As part of gospel trio Trin-i-Tee 5:7, Chanel Haynes has matched sanctified lyrics with lustrous jams that rival the best of TLC and Destiny’s Child. On her first solo outing, she retains her group’s God-centered perspective and R&B-influenced approach while bringing a more explicitly autobiographical focus to her songwriting. Trin-i-Tee 5:7 According to Chanel comes from a very personal place as it addresses issues of faith, love and redemption. “Prayer” (an intense piano-centered ballad), “Superstar” (a fiery upbeat track reflecting on the cost of fame) and “Friends” (a softly shimmering tribute to her bandmates) rank among the most self-revealing tunes Chanel has ever recorded. Musically, she finds new ways to express Bible-rooted truths that ought to both please and surprise longtime Trin-i-tee fans. “He” smolders to a deeply passionate groove that suggests Mavis Staples at her heyday; “Larry” brings in muted jazz tones with the wistful sophistication of vintage Roberta Flack. Chanel binds these shifting textures together with her praise-filled lyrics and an openhearted attitude that invites listeners to join her in worship.

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About Chanel

As an original member of the New Orleans-based group Trin-i-tee 5:7, Chanelle Haynes-Schwartz, aka Chanel, was behind five studio albums released from 1998 through 2011. All of them peaked at either number one or number two on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart, which made Trin-i-Tee among the most successful contemporary gospel acts of that era. In 2014, Chanel released her first solo album, Trin-i-tee 5:7: According to Chanel. Issued on the Obsidian label, its material was more stylistically broad than her group's output. It incorporated not only contemporary R&B but pop- and club-oriented flavors as well. The week after its release, it debuted at number 25 on Gospel Albums. ~ Andy Kellman

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