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Meet Chianne in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chianne.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Chianne. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Turkey in a musical family from my mother’s side, full of famous & accomplished musicians in their own fields. Music always had a special place in my heart, and deep down as a child & a teenager I fantasized & dreamt about becoming a singer, live in the LA and be part of Broadway musicals. Nobody taught me that dreams are meant to be followed & our passions are breadcrumbs to show us the way to fulfill our destiny and our purpose in life.

I thought it was just a childish, silly dream that had no substance and that I should not pay attention to and be “realistic” instead. Contrary to my mother’s family; my father’s side was all into business and academic career, so it was interesting how that manifested itself within me as a constant battle of heart & mind until I learnt to harmonize them and have them become allies instead. The culture I was born into wasn’t supportive for individuals to blossom into their full potential and to realize their dreams. Moreover, given the fact that it was a mostly religious Muslim society, as a girl to become a singer was not viewed in high respect.

So I buried my dream so deep that even I couldn’t remember for a long time till my later years. I was highly under the social conditioning that couldn’t remember who I was and why I was here for. I was classically trained to play piano & went to Ballet school as a child. Even then I’ve been conditioned that these are only hobbies and not meant to be a career path. The piano school was like a Nazi Camp, and the teacher made me hate piano & I couldn’t touch it for a long time until a couple years ago. After high school, everyone around me, including me, choose an Academic path as part of social conditioning.

There was not even one person around me who choose to follow their hearts. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life back then, so I followed the crowd & guidance of the family and teachers. I studied International Relations as a Bachelor’s Degree as I always wanted to travel the world and live in different cultures. I had the privilege to do an internship in the UN in NYC, and there I realized it wasn’t the path I wanted to continue for the rest of my life. I always wanted to do something artistic and creative, so after school, I moved to Italy to study Fashion Design. I lived there for almost five years, completed my master’s degree in fashion in Italian Language.

I worked as a fashion designer for top brands for years and lived in cities like Milan, NYC, Istanbul. Then I got married and then moved to Amsterdam & Sydney and finally LA; and that’s when my journey of self-realization & music was initiated. I had to put my designer career on a shelf as we moved around often and at times I didn’t have a work permit. And that’s when my passion for music started to emerge & grow and took me to where I am today.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
So far It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride & a bumpy road full of frustration, heartbreak, rejection, suffering that catalyzed so much growth and self-discovery in me.

All my fears have been surfacing for me to face and heal. The music has been calling my name & my mind did every trick to distract and keep me away from that path because deep down I was so afraid of what others would think of me, feared judgment, rejection, and failure. Besides that, I suffered from self-doubt that I thought I wasn’t young & good enough to embark on this journey. I suffered from high levels of stage fright that each time I’d perform in front of others, it felt as if I was under the water or in a bubble of emotions that I could hardly hear my own voice. It was painful.

So as much as I wanted to pursue this road, I kept procrastinating. It was a constant battle between my heart and mind that had me go back & forth between what I think I should do and what I truly wanted to do… A battle to defeat self-doubt & learning to believe in myself, and a struggle between wanting to hide and putting myself out there and share my gifts with the world. This journey has catalyzed spiritual awakenings & I started to peel away layers of deep conditioning & limiting beliefs given to me by my family, friends, and society.

The more I peeled them away; more I started to remember who I am and what I am here for. This has been a spiritual journey of self-realization and becoming more and more authentic. Besides my pursuit for music, I became a certified Reiki II & NLP Practitioner and a life coach. I organized Creativity and Empowerment Summer camp for Homeless Kids in LA and looking forward to more charity work as such to help kids stay in track of who they are and to support them realize their dreams.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Today, my purpose is to help others connect with their divine essence, authenticity and help clear away anything holds them back from becoming who they are meant to be & follow their dreams, believe in themselves; through my art, music, writings, and teachings. I write songs to inspire & empower others in this regard. I am getting ready to release my debut E.P. & I am so excited to finally share my own music with the world.

It’s an unfolding journey and its exciting witnessing where life will bring us when we allow, trust and surrender. The shift happened when I realized this wasn’t about me but the universe/higher power/God is using me as an instrument to bring those music and messages to others. My style is pop with a little blend of new age & orchestral elements. Considering also the messages they convey, I like calling my music “Conscious Pop.”

It’s been a miracle how this E.P came around with a very little budget. I didn’t have any support, but all I had was faith & trust. Life brought so many angels in my life to help materialize my vision. For that, I am forever grateful to each angel who helped me in this journey so far.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am looking forward to share my music, my voice, my message in a broader scale, continue following my passions, using my gifts to serve, uplift, empower and inspire others in their journey.

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3 Comments

  1. Peter sterling

    November 14, 2018 at 13:53

    Your soon awesome!!!

  2. Peter sterling

    November 14, 2018 at 13:54

    Im mean you “sooooooo awesome!!”

    • Chianne

      August 20, 2019 at 16:46

      Thank you, Peter!!! 🙂

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