Singer/songwriter and Virginia Beach native, Rina Chanel, has captivated audiences through r&b, soul, jazz, swing, pop, ensemble and opera performance
experiences. Rina fuses her smooth R&B vocals with various R&B era instrumental backings that highlights her unique sound and blends the best elements of Jazz and R&B. Her skillful songwriting and vocal delivery provides a refreshing classic take on the return of the future of R&B music.
Through a strong foundation of music education, Rina developed classical proficiency
and dexterity; learning to sing in French, German, Italian and Czeck from attending The
Governor’s School for the Arts (Norfolk, VA) and attending Radford University on a
voice scholarship. She also performed with Opera NOVA and Opera Camerata of
In 2015, Rina began studying voice with International Recording Artist Tracy Hamlin
and transitioned from Opera to performing R&B, Soul, Jazz, and other genres. Rina
performed background vocals for Ms. Hamlin, and opened for After 7 at the 2017
Baltimore County African American Festival. She was a guest artist at the Bull Run
Winery for the band Special Occasions. Ms. Chanel was a featured artist on Raymond
Barton’s EP “If Only for Love” (2017) performing the track “Don’t Give Up on Love.”
Rina currently performs with The Groove Factor Band, and is working on her debut EP
with musician, producer and songwriter Bennie Pearce (Phillie-BOP Productions) to be
released in 2020. Her soulful debut single “Worthy” (2020) is out now and available on
iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music and all other digital platforms.
The new single has recently been added to the rotation at Radio Airplay Network affiliate station WHTL 95.2 FM Tha Land in Cleveland, Ohio.