With plenty of inspiration from her aunt’s jazz albums – and Gil Scott Heron Music Director and pianist, Glenn Turner – Changamiré began singing in her teens and quickly fell in love with music and all aspects of recording. In 2001, it was no surprise when she self-released her debut album, Only Human, serving as executive producer and managing both production and promotions.
While Only Human rose to critical acclaim, Changamiré put her knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit and extraordinary vision to work fulfilling a larger purpose. In partnership with producer Lincoln Ross, Sonnig Records was born in 2002, and Changamiré began to record and promote the sounds of talented artists, as well as her second album, under the new label.
As international performances, recognition, and winning the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Artist Fellowship followed, Changamiré set her sights on another ambitious goal: to parlay her experience and expertise into helping up-and-coming artists avoid costly beginner’s mistakes. Recording Project 101® was launched in 2010 and immediately enjoyed success. The proprietary, innovative program teaches students how to successfully navigate the recording process, from budget to staff, studio and other considerations. Among rave reviews, it has and continues to be adopted by a number of notable organizations, including the D.C. Music Center, Northern Virginia Community College and Howard University.
The level of creativity, inspiration and involvement Changamiré brings to Sonnig Records is also what she contributes to her own jazz vocals and the greater D.C. art community. She often partners with prominent entities, such as the National Gallery of Art, to host events that enrich and mentor young professionals, and she adds to her own professional knowledge through workshops with Young Guru (Jay-Z), Dee Bridgewater, Renée Fleming, Grammy D.C., and other industry experts. Changamiré’s music and performances are sought after globally, with many sold out throughout the D.C. area. Her writings and recordings have appeared across all media channels, with features on NBC and Fox, the Washington Post, AllAboutJazz.com and many others.
Off stage and off the job, a passion for the arts still lives at the center of Changamiré’s everyday life – even more so than the day she found her aunt’s albums. She frequents the theater, art galleries, manages several jazz networks, is a committee chair for the Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee, and sits on the board of the Black Women Playwrights’ Group. Along with her husband and extended family, she has long called Washington, D.C. home.