Philadelphia native Chanell Childers is a singer, teacher, musician, and a mentor. At a very young age she was exposed to music of all genres from her parents. At the age of six Chanell started studying classical piano followed by three years of acting lessons at Freedom Theater. While at Freedom Theater she discovered that she also had the gift of singing. She was told by many of her teachers that her voice was simply beyond her time. With this new found talent, Chanell’s parents decided to have her study voice. While attending The Philadelphia High School for Girls, Chanell was the first student in school history to receive a standing ovation as well as an encore at the young age of 14. With this confirmation from her peers she decided from that day on what she wanted to do with her life. That was to share her God-given talents with the world through music. Chanell holds a B.A.Degree in Music (Voice ) from Clark Atlanta University. At CAU she had the opportunity to study jazz with James Patterson, Director of the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra.
Chanell’s experience with the CAU Jazz Orchestra gave her the chance to interact and perform with legends like Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Ramses Lewis, Jon Faddis, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Nancy Wilson, Roy Hargrove.
Chanell is the lead vocalist of the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra. She has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, Switzerland), Umbria Jazz Festival (Umbria, Italy), North Sea Jazz Festival (Den Haag, Netherlands), and the Jazz Vienne Festival (Vienne, France) . She also has received a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from The University of Miami. Chanell currently gigs around town and is also an Elementary Music Teacher with the DeKalb County School District. She also teaches private voice and piano lessons. This is Chanell’s second year at AMP. She teaches beginning Chorus and General Music at the Gilbert House and South Bend.