THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MAGIC
Owner of Chayz Lounge, Chayz Lounge Radio
Chaye Alexander Productions
Musical Director for:
The Columbia Museum of Arts' Concert Series
A board member of the South Carolina Jazz Foundation.
Musical Director for:
Richland County Parks & Recreation Foundation's Jazz Fest.
Chaye Alexander is THAT WOMAN! An influential and inspiring force who is helping to shape the musical landscape of the Midlands, SC.
For more than three decades, Chaye Alexander been a prominent figure in the music world. Her name is synonymous with exceptional musical experiences. Chaye is renowned for her innate talent as a Music Curator — designing soundtracks that captivate audiences, selecting the best performers, and orchestrating remarkable live events. Much of what makes festivals and music events so special can be tracked back to Chaye's involvement.
Chaye’s introduction to music dates back to childhood with fond memories of Sunday afternoons spent with her mother enjoying the sounds of Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark, Brook Benton, and a host of other classic soul and pop artists. The spot-on bond was shaped the day she was asked to change a record on the turntable—that “connection between the [turntable] needle hitting the record,” says Chaye, cemented the relationship between herself and music.
Raised in Brooklyn, NY, during a time when record shops were commonplace, the days filled with music, and summertime block parties was the norm, Chaye was always surrounded by music. She recalls spending every dime she earned on the latest album, 45, or 12” record. That would be the beginning of an extensive vinyl collection.
Much of Chaye's teen years were spent DJ-ing with her brother various event. This chapter taught Chaye perhaps her most crucial lesson—how to design the “music to create the right atmosphere and mood for any space,” says Chaye. She eventually took over the turntables and in no time developed her own style of mixing tunes from various genres. Her unique style caught the attention of a local radio DJ who invited Chaye to be a regular on his nightly show.
In the years that followed, Chaye acquired in-depth knowledge of broadcasting, which providing her with the background for not only how it works but how much better it could work. However, her interest would later shift to the recording industry where she dedicated herself to developing and managing emerging recording artists. The lack outlets available to promote her artists and their music prompted Chaye to create her own medium. Chaye collaborated with a local production studio and launched "Have U Heard", the television show that featured videos of independent musicians from around the globe, as well as A-list celebrities. Her interviews earned her both respect and admiration in the media industry for being far more than factual-type discussions with guests. During this period, Chaye established her signature affable style of setting guests at ease, allowing her to bring a truer, richer sense of the subject to audiences.
Have U Heard aired for three (3) seasons and was syndicated in 13 cities throughout the United States. Chaye then decided to focus her attention on producing events, soon becoming renowned for crafting memorable musical moments. Her title as a music curator was firmly established.
THE RADIO STATION
Chaye's passion for music, inherent knowledge of music trends, and dedication to developing emerging talent earned her a stellar reputation as well as recommendations from industry professionals and musical icons alike. With the introduction of the Internet and its limitless range, Chaye quickly realized the opportunity and in 2004, she began the process of creating her own Internet radio stations, at a time when the concept was relatively new. In 2009, she launched Chayz Lounge and with that, she brought a flavor to streaming radio that is uniquely her own.
Chaye designed her station as the virtual space to relax and enjoy the perfect Adult Contemporary music. It also provided an avenue for new and established recording artists to reach a global audience. The station's popularity increased exponentially since its launch and thanks to the millions of loyal listeners, it became one of the top radio stations on the web in its genre. However, Chaye had more in mind for Chayz Lounge. She envisioned it being a venue for live performances. The space at Nonnah's restaurant provided the perfect setting for such a concept and in June 2017, Chayz Lounge the venue was brought to life. The venue's intimate setting invites patrons to experience the finest local, national and notable talents from the Jazz and rhythm & blues genres the way it was meant to be… Up Close and Personal.
The radio station continues to satisfy music lovers worldwide with its consistent delivery of great music under its new name, Chayz Lounge Radio. Ensuring the best musical experience for all listeners is Chaye's mission. Her vast collection of tunes allows her to deliver a musical eclecticism that sets Chayz Lounge Radio apart from any other station on the Web.
As one listener puts it, “I thoroughly enjoy coming home or sitting home relaxing to some really great music. The variety is AWESOME…this is the type of music station I've been waiting for, music for the "grown & sexy" to chill with sipping on a nice glass of wine, chilling with friends, or relaxing after a long work week. I'm so glad I found in and will stay tuned in!!!" Need more proof? Tune in at ChayzLoungeRadio.com, sit back, relax, and enjoy the smooth vibe that only Chaye can deliver… After all, nobody does music better!