Chanel Hayes established her music
career as one-third of Trin-i-tee
5:7, Gospel music’s biggest-selling
female trio of all time. Today, she expounds
on her urban-gospel group roots to launch
her faith-infused debut solo recording,
Trin-i-tee 5:7: According to Chanel (Obsidian
Records). Already chalking up Grammy
nods, plus Dove and Stellar wins and an
international fan-base, the seasoned singer
gives readers the whys and whens of going
solo after years of group harmony.
CCM: After years of being recognized by
peers, fans and platforms as a member
of Trin-i-tee 5:7, what prompted a solo
Timing is everything. The girls
and I have always wanted to record our own
solo projects. However, we wanted to make
sure we had accomplished and completed
everything related to Trin-i-tee 5:7. God’s
time is my time. I remained sensitive to His
call, and here I am. I hope to be a voice that
reminds the souls around the world, whether
lost or found, that God loves you just for who
CCM: What freedoms did you experience
recording solo? Did you miss the
contributions of your Trin-i-tee cohorts?
Creating my own recording
schedule felt pretty amazing. I could wake up
when I wanted and stay in the studio as late
as I wanted. I love to sing at night. I do miss
the dance of vocals that we had cultivated
over the years. But at the same time, I’m
ready for this first solo dance.
CCM: The multi-talented producer-singersongwriter-
instrumentalist and Maroon
5 band member PJ Morton wrote the first
single and coproduced the record. How did
that relationship come about?
PJ and I are childhood friends who
have followed each other’s careers from
day one. Both of our fathers are pastors in
New Orleans, and as preacher’s kids you can
imagine how often we saw each other at local
church events. When I informed him of my
first solo project, he was beyond supportive
and agreed to produce two songs for me!
He’s like a brother to me, and the chemistry
we have is very unique. I value what we have
CCM: How have you evolved from group
member to solo artist on this record?
For the first time, I am revealing my
full vocal range while using fresh new tones
and textures throughout the album. This was
exciting because the recording process made
me feel like a brand-new artist. It’s a sound
I have always had tucked away but never
CCM: If you had only one message to convey
through this record, through your music,
what would that message be?
God’s love is unconditional to those
who are flawed, lost, brokenhearted, afraid,
disappointed and imperfect. He’s always
guiding and loving us. Always.