“I want you to give me my flowers while I’m still here.” This was Chanté Moore’s message to her fans during one of her recent episodes of The Moore Chanté Show. If you think about it and if you’ve never heard that phrase before, it makes perfect sense. We honor the dead with such reverence and grandeur when they’re no longer with us. Just go to any memorial service. At some point, someone sitting behind you will whisper, “This is so beautiful. I wish he was here to see this. To see how much we love him…”
Waitaminute! Why COULDN’T we have told him while he was here? How much we love him. Why do we tell former coworker how much we enjoyed working with them after they’ve found new employment? Why does the Academy and other organizations give posthumous awards when they’ve had ample opportunity to honor these public figures in life? Why did that girl wait until the 20-year class reunion to tell me she had a crush on me, in front of my family?
Ok, I’m back. Where was I?
Every week, we log in to TMCS to enjoy a feel good in-home concert, then talk amongst ourselves about how cool it was. Many of us take the time to say it in the comments during the show, but with IG/FB issues, she doesn’t get to access them after the show anymore to respond in kind. Sure, she finds moments during the show, but she has to focus on sharing her love and her gift to an eagerly awaiting audience.
Well, two of Chanté’s devout followers (Natalie Nadeen and Megan Rogers [aka The ChanTEAM]) decided they wouldn’t wait another day to go without reciprocating that love. They devised a plan and put out the call, bringing together a group of excited fans to give Chanté just a little bit of the joy she has so selflessly given us over these past weeks, months and YEARS.
What happened next was nothing short of spectacular!
If you haven’t seen it by now, you can check it out here…
Watching the video, I couldn’t help but smile, thinking about all of the magic behind this outpouring of love, respect, appreciation and admiration in each of the participants. Whether old school or new crew, everyone expressed just how much her talent and musical endurance meant to them and how she positively impacted each of their lives.
I recently reached out to Natalie and Megan and asked what inspired them to create such a beautiful tribute and here’s what they shared-
Natalie: Following Chanté’s appearance on “The Terrell Show,” watching her speak about wanting to quit and her fans being her Grammys touched my heart. Being a more recent fan of Chanté’s, I wanted to let her know how much she has been inspiring and motivating me in such a short amount of time. However, I wanted to share that with her beyond the FB/IG comment section. I recognized if I felt this way, undoubtedly, long time fans before me have been feeling this way too.
What I wanted to accomplish from this video was to simply put a smile on her face and fill her heart with love from her fans in a nontraditional way. I wanted to show Chanté that the fans (whether old or new, like myself) have an appreciation for not only her music but for her as an individual. I want her to receive the love that she has freely given us; not just in the last 6-7 months, but over the past 28 years.
Megan: The reasons I wanted to create this video for Chanté was because she is always giving of herself (time, love, encouragement and so much more) so I felt that it would be befitting to give her what she gives us. I know she has lost loved ones and had some challenging days so what better way to show her some love. So creating the video was intended to put a smile on her face and let her know how much I appreciate her.
Well Megan, Natalie, your flowers were colorful and brilliant, with the celestial scent of siren sounds and sunshine. Thank you (and your contributors) for your genius and hard work.
If anyone should ever question it, you made it heartfully clear:
Chanté’s Got A FAN. Millions of ’em…
Follow Natalie Nadeen on Instagram at @natalienadeen.
Follow Megan Rogers at @red_gal31.
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