ABOUT Achanté

Achanté’s music either moves you, or makes you move.

A fiercely authentic artist, she’s a Mumbai-bred, Toronto- based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Achanté blends analog, digital worlds, and global cultures to pen rich and intimate landscapes around her voice as her lead instrument. 

She proudly claims and expresses a complex layer of identities through music that’s anything but formulaic,  rooted in old-school jazz and funk, interwoven with soul-pop, electronica and Carnatic noodling. Achanté has performed with Bollywood greats,  featured on Rolling Stone Magazine, Rolling Hype, Now Toronto, 24 Hip Hop and other, as well as Spotify Editorial playlists and the Radio, but what truly makes her light up, is the ability to connect human beings to themselves, to each other, and to the world, through music.

Live audiences love her electrifying performances and memorable sound, evidenced by a whopping 54 live shows in 2023. Every song tells a different sonic story, from her recent self-hype dance track "PBE" to island vibes “The One Who Got Away”, cinematic pop ballad ‘Serotonin Skies’, bossa nova-soul ‘Saudade’ performed in Portuguese and English and her Afro-Indian cover of the jazz standard, ‘Summertime’. 

Achanté plans on releasing her debut E.P. ‘Journey to the Centre of the Hearth’ in 2024, which will be a sonic journey connecting Eastern and Western worlds and a peek into the artists’ multicultural upbringing.

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Listening through headphones is great, but Achanté LIVE is a whole different experience! The artist has a versatile sound that she customizes to fit the space and energy of the event that she's a part of - whether it's an intimate solo showcase, acoustic duo set on the Toronto waterfront, fully-amped 5 piece band at a concert or track-assisted live performance at a dance party.

Her memorable sound (kind of like Erykah Badu meets Alicia Keys meets Shae Gill) comes from a diverse upbringing. Achanté has Indian roots and has lent her vocal chops to the indie as well as Bollywood scene in Mumbai, collaborating and sharing the stage with Oscar Winner, A.R. Rahman, Shalmali Kholgade, Sickflip and MTV Coke Studio, to name a few. Since relocating to Toronto in 2019, she has already amassed a growing local fan base headlining legendary venues and shows  like Lee’s Palace, Sofar Sessions, Breaking Sound Canada, Taste of India, OBJX, Clinton’s, Harbourfront and Aga Khan Museum and played 59 live shows (and counting!) in 2022-23 alone. 

Previous events

Date Event Location
HOUSE OF MARASII VOL. 3 Hanlan's Island (Toronto Islands) , Toronto Hanlan's Island (Toronto Islands) , Toronto
LEOSZN - Live and Alive Drom Taberna, Toronto Drom Taberna, Toronto
Taste of India (North America's largest Indian festival- FREE EVENT) Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Clinton's Got Talent Clinton's , Toronto Clinton's , Toronto
Breaking Sound Toronto Supermarket Bar & Variety, Toronto Supermarket Bar & Variety, Toronto
Sofar Sounds Toronto Tapestry, Toronto Tapestry, Toronto
GODDESS RISING II [SESSION NUMBER SEVEN] Clinton's , Toronto Clinton's , Toronto
The MixDOWN Palmerston Theatre, Toronto Palmerston Theatre, Toronto
Achanté & Rooh LIVE The Oud & the Fuzz, Toronto The Oud & the Fuzz, Toronto
Headliner for Open Mic Night Nothing Fancy, Toronto Nothing Fancy, Toronto
 —  — Serenades & Cocktails at Mother Cocktail Bar Mother Cocktail Bar, Toronto Mother Cocktail Bar, Toronto
Achanté & Friends Pop Up Performance at Aga Khan Museum Aga Khan Museum , Toronto Aga Khan Museum , Toronto
Achanté & Friends Pop Up Performance at Aga Khan Museum Aga Khan Museum , Toronto Aga Khan Museum , Toronto
No Place Like Home The Painted Lady, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z9 The Painted Lady, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z9
Achanté headlines Open Concepts - Performance party OBJX Studio #Unit 200a, Toronto, ON M6N 5C9 OBJX Studio #Unit 200a, Toronto, ON M6N 5C9
 — (EDT, UTC-04)  — (EDT, UTC-04) Achanté & Friends at Pedestrian Sunday Kensington Market, Toronto Kensington Market, Toronto
(EDT, UTC-04) (EDT, UTC-04) Fuego Friends Birthday Concert The Mix 669, Toronto The Mix 669, Toronto
The Womage at Lee's Palace Lee's Palace, Toronto Lee's Palace, Toronto



“This empowering anthem from Black and South Asian artists in Toronto came out of Canada’s largest songwriting camp. “This song is a confidence booster for someone like myself. It’s a hype song for women who work hard and own our power,” Achanté told Now Toronto." - Roveena Jassal, Now Toronto / CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

"Toronto Dream Team Achanté’, Spitty & Siren Sav deliver ‘Princess Bitch Energy’ - A Self Love Dance Anthem - Ariyan, Rolling Hype CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

“The addictive self-love dance track combines rappers Spitty and Siren Sav’s unique hip hop flows, singer Achanté’s stunningly sultry vocal hooks and producer Colin Ong’s punchy production to create a self-hype track that celebrates women who groove to their own rhythm, stand in their own power and wear their crown, unapologetically, everyday.” - Lisa, 24 Hip Hop / CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Achanté's diverse musical influences, ranging from neo soul and jazz to pop and Carnatic music, contribute to the track's unique and non-formulaic sound.”  - Disha Bijolia, Homegrown / CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

"Achanté’s newest single is the gentle piano-aided “Serotonin Skies.” The soothing ballad also includes a string section, vocal overlays, mellifluous harmonies as well as captivating and emotional lead vocals from Achanté. In a statement, the artist said, “I wrote ‘Serotonin Skies’ three years ago for a long-ago love, but over time, space, two continents, and the many people who have been part of its journey, its meaning has evolved to become an expansive ode – to love, reborn.” - David Britto, Rolling Stone Magazine, India | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Singing of love, endings and the oasis that is life, ‘Serotonin Skies’ sets the stage for an EP that brings depth to the Toronto music scene. A soft soul who “loves love” and describes herself as “too optimistic for her own good”, Achanté hopes to change the way we consume music, reminding us that love leads." - Imaani Walker, Beatcave | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE 

“The track is a beautiful and powerful piece of music. It speaks to the power of love and being reborn from heartbreak, exploring both the struggles and the joys of finding and reclaiming love. The song starts off with a gentle introduction and builds to an emotional crescendo, with Achante’s powerful vocals reminiscent of a master storyteller guiding us on a journey through their emotional experiences.” - Rohit Jadhav, The Indian Music Diaries | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

"The song’s dream-pop production sits perfectly with Achanté’s mellifluous vocals and lush texture. In a statement, she said, “This track brings [the] Torontonian and South Asian diaspora together. It weaves the story of two star-crossed lovers, and skillfully maneuvers the listener through feelings of passion, nostalgia, unrequited love and closure.” - David Britto, Rolling Stone Magazine, India | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

 “Achanté’s debut single, ‘The One Who Got Away’ talks about relationships without closure and celebrates the spectrum of emotions it evokes” - Findie.in

 “Loved the strings here and the sunny vibe of the song, Achanté's voice is very beautiful as well!” - Krisi, Stereofox

 "The One Who Got Away" es una cautivadora canción, interpretada con gran expresividad. La canción tiene un fresco trabajo instrumental, creando una positiva atmósfera musical. - Sofia, Caoba Records

“Mumbai-bred artists; Karan Viegas (based in Brooklyn) and Toronto-based Chantelle Menezes aka Achanté recently delivered a warm neo-soul cover of the timeless George Gershwin classic “Summertime.” The duo showcases Indian and African influences across their version as they share vocal duties brilliantly while slick piano work, percussive chants, lush pads and several modulations, as well as soundscapes of birds, meadows and swaying trees, give the track a seismic lift” - David Britto, Rolling Stone Magazine, India | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE





I plan to release my debut EP soon and continue to play live shows in Toronto, India and online. Be a part of my journey by following and engaging with me on social media.

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