Singer and Songwriter Chantaul Williams is back on the scene with her self-directed motivational visual to “Dreaming,” produced by Tim “Kfigz” Walls and shot by Buck TV. The BET Music Matters artist is definitely not a stranger to the EGL family and has been gaining major momentum in her music career since we last spoke. An effervescent Chantaul was featured last year on the site with an introduction to her hit single“Dreaming,” which appears on her project entitled All In. In the midst of her career growth, Chantaul was able to release “Dreaming” on Radio One’s 92.7 The Block (Charlotte, NC), open up for acts such as Ro James, R. Kelly, Monica, as well as lend her talents to of Rap Caviar’s “Creating A Song Without Speaking” under Spotify with Ibeatz (the producer behind Drake’s “Gyalchester”).
Since the songstress is a friend to the site, she gave us some exclusives in a brief interview.
EGL: Tell us about the creative direction behind the visual for “Dreaming.”
Chantaul: When creating the video “Dreaming” I told myself wanted it to be about how I got into music and dabbing past the haters, lol. A lot of the times haters can stop us but only if we let them. The video was shot in 3 days. It was so crazy because I created every look with a creative mind and the spirit of my grandmother. She was the inspiration behind creating this video. While she was fighting for cancer she would always tell me to keep dreaming and go for my dreams.
E: Give us the break down on the story being told in the video.
C: Here’s how the video plays out: The little girl (Samantha) with the pigtails is a young Chantaul; she plays the 5-7 year old version of me. I was so excited at that age when my dad put me in the booth and that’s what portrays the “excitement” in the booth. The guy (Damiacci) plays my father. When I was young he taught me about mixing records; it was more so because I always wanted to be in the studio with him, which made him put me into the booth. I was always amazed by anything dealing with music seeing that I grew up in a family full of soul singers.
The other girl plays the middle school version of me. When I was young I would go to this park by myself and walk around looking to the sky, seeing bigger dreams for myself. My momma told me “You was ready to come out into the world.” I just always saw myself flourishing in life but fear held me back. The skateboarders were guys I randomly found in the park and told them I wanted to use them for the shot. They inspired me so much by how they would continue practicing the same tricks. I asked why and they responded saying, “because the fear is not being able to do it, so if I keep doing it eventually I’ll perfect it and become great at it.”
The video basically goes through the different ages of me , my love for music, and how it was introduced to me. The scenes on the parking deck describes the dreamer, the fearless Chantaul. The Chantaul who’s ready to take over but still inspire.
Tell us what you think of Chantaul’s official music video to “Dreaming”, check it out here:
Written By: Keandra “Ke’Ke” Scott