Chantay Savage (born on July 16, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is a female R&B\dance singer. Her singles have spent 452 weeks on various Billboard singles charts and her albums have spent 81 weeks on various Billboard charts as well. She is the daughter of a jazz musician.

Before starting her music career, she worked as a session singer and songwriter, writing songs for CeCe Peniston and Tanya Blount. Chantay co-wrote CeCe’s #1 dance hit, “We Got a Love Thang.” In 1993, Chantay released her debut album “Here We Go…” on RCA Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted.

Chantay’s first single “If You Believe” peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #75 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. The song was featured in the 1995 movie, “Party Girl.”

Her second single “Betcha’ll Never Find” peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100, #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #28 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #39 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #17 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.

The last single from the album, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” peaked at #108 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #14 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #28 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #80 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (along with the song “Give it To Ya” which peaked at #120 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart), staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In 1995, Chantay was featured on the single, “Freedom” for the “Panther” movie soundtrack. The song also featured Aaliyah, BlackGirl, En Vogue, Mary J. Blige, Vanessa Williams, SWV, and many more. In 1996, she released her sophomore album “I Will Survive (Doin’ It My Way)” which peaked at #106 on the Billboard 200, #14 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.

Chantay’s cover version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” became a hit for her, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100, #26 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #35 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #5 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.

The single was certified Gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 units.

Another single, “Baby Drive Me Crazy” which didn’t appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

In 1997, Chantay was featured on rapper Common’s single “Reminding Me (of Sef)” which peaked at #101 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #57 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart and #9 on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart.

In 1999, Chantay released her third album, “This Time” which peaked at #56 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #21 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.

The only single to chart from the album was “Come Around” which peaked at #62 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In 2003, Chantay collaborated with spoken word artist Malik Yusef on the song “Auto-Eroticism” on his album “The Great Chicago Fire: A Cold Day In Hell.”

Three years later, she appeared on Full Flava’s album “Music is Our Way of Life” on a remake of the Earth Wind & Fire hit “September” for Full Flava‘s Music is Our Way of Life album.

Also during that same year, Chantay recorded the theme song for BellaNutri called “Always Beautiful” as well as an additional track “Shine” which was released on a CD for the company.

In 2012, she collaborated with spoken word artist, Quill on his track “Everything Must Change.”

To see the music video for “I Will Survive,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMyCXqM8AKM

To see the music video for “Betcha’ll Never Find,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq470zxsVT0

To see the music video for “Give it To Ya,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UigvUVVqrSw

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Let it Go To Your Head,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXruT8YOgas

To see a fan-made video for “Baby, Drive Me Crazy,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vcS1svzia0

To see the music video for “Reminding Me (of Sef),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of2smav2g68

To see a fan-made video for “Come Around,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvVzdEQSAxM

[updated on 03-09-14]

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