Chaye Alexander is a creative producer, former broadcast talent and owner of Chayz Lounge, an intimate live music venue located in downtown Columbia, SC.
607 Meeting Street
West Columbia, SC
|Friday||19:00 - 22:00|
|Saturday||19:00 - 22:00|
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If there is one word that sums up creative producer and lounge owner Chaye Alexander, it’s “passion.” She’s passionate about music. Chaye began her career as a radio personality in New York City. During her years on air, Chaye won the hearts of listeners with her musical eclecticism and warm, charismatic demeanor. The success of her radio broadcast lead to Chaye being offered and subsequently acting as producer for the television show, “Have U Heard”, where she presented emerging talents, as well as entertainment luminaries, such as TLC, Boyz II Men, Eric Benet, and many others. Chaye established her signature affable interview style and became renowned in and outside the media industry for bringing a truer, richer sense of the subject to audiences. Have U Heard lasted three (3) seasons and was syndicated in 13 cities throughout the USA.
To gain more control over her concept, in 2009 Chaye launched Chayz Lounge, which began as the online radio station and virtual space to enjoy the sounds of smooth R&B and jazz 24/7! It also provided an avenue for recording artists to reach a global audience. Thanks to the millions of loyal listeners, Chayz Lounge became one of the top radio stations on the web in its genre. The radio station continues to satisfy music lovers worldwide with its consistent delivery of great music under its new name, Chayz Lounge Radio. Here, Chaye spreads the power of sound to an eager world, bringing listeners music that’s well-known and soon to be better known. Further, as host of "Conversations with Chaye Alexander" radio show on the station, Ms. Alexander is able to get behind the scenes of the creative process via her conversational interview style. Past guests on her show include Dionne Warwick, Paula Cole, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Gloria Loring, Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, Laurel Holloman, Eriq La Salle, Teddy Riley and countless others.
Chaye had more in mind for Chayz Lounge. She envisioned it being a brick & mortar space for live performances. The back room of Nonnah's restaurant provided the perfect setting for such a concept. In June 2017, the Chayz Lounge venue concept was brought to life. However, Chaye knew from the start that she needed more space and after nearly two years at Nonnah's, Chayz Lounge now has a new home at 607 Meeting Street in West Columbia. The venue's intimate listening room setting invites patrons to experience the finest talents from the jazz and rhythm & blues genres the way it was meant to be… Up close and personal!
For decades Chaye Alexander has provided avenues for musicians to be seen and heard. She continues to shine the light on talent each week via the sold out shows at Chayz Lounge, as well as planned events throughout Columbia (SC). In August of 2018, Chaye played an integral role in the success of Richland County Parks & Recreation Foundation's first ever Jazz Fest. In February 2019, she was brought on as Artistic Director by the Columbia (SC) Museum of Art to create an outdoor concert series on the grounds of the beautifully renovated Boyd Plaza. For this project, Chaye thought of ways to fuze jazz with different genres of music and came up with classical/soul jazz, Latin/Afro jazz and a reggae jazz blend. May of 2019, she launched "Chaye Alexander Presents Live At Boyd Plaza" and the concept was well received. “The inaugural concert on Memorial Day weekend drew 400 people who were dancing and smiling throughout the evening,” says Joelle Ryan-Cook, CMA deputy director & director of external affairs. If that weren’t enough to demonstrate that her passion for music is backed up by action, Alexander continues to serve as a member of the planning committee for Richland County Parks & Recreation Foundation's annual Jazz Fest and is a board member of the South Carolina Jazz Foundation.
What’s next for this multimedia talent? You can expect more of Chaye’s devotion to music via Chayz Lounge Radio, dedication to delivering quality shows at Chayz Lounge and an engaging, attentive approach with her guests on her radio show. Get ready, get set, and stay tuned for a whole lot more from Chaye Alexander!
Find out more about Chaye at ChayeAlexander.com. Learn more at her venue, ChayzLounge.com.