Changamir? began listening to Jazz at age 13, when her Aunt would play Jazz albums. She was immediately attracted to the singing of Billie Holiday, whom she would mimic. Mainly enjoying R&B as a young teen, Changamir? did not pursue singing right away. At 18, she rekindled her love for Jazz, listening then to Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Dakota Staton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone. Changamir? began singing at jam sessions around the Washington, DC area.
At 18, she rekindled her love for Jazz, listening then to Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Dakota Staton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone. Changamir? began singing at jam sessions around the Washington, DC area. While attending one of those sessions, a seasoned musician told her in front of the audience that she should return to the session at a later date, once she learned music. The embarrassment ran her away from the music scene. Shortly after, she decided to take voice lessons.
Changamir? was introduced to Glenn Turner, the pianist for Gil Scott Heron during that time. Mr. Turner became her first vocal coach, and their sessions increased her love for music and introduced her to recording. Mr. Turner recorded each voice lesson to use as learning tools for Changamir?. Together they recorded Jazz standards and Glenn Turner originals. Eventually, she began performing in intimate Washington venues, always filling them to capacity. Changamir? had developed a following.
Several years later, she was working for a Public Relations firm, and at a networking event, she met a Jazz label representative who suggested she make a recording to have a presence in the music industry. Soon afterwards, Changamir? began recording her debut CD, Only Human. She solely hired a producer, the finest musicians, and used the most professional studios within her means. One session, recorded at the famous Sigma Sound Studio in Philadelphia PA, utilized a 14-piece string section. Her credible publicity experience has also been executed for this CD, warranting extensive press and acknowledgements. Selections from the multi-genre Only Human, prior to and after its release, have numerously appeared on top 40 internet charts around the world, resulting in over 27,000 plays of music on the Changamir? website.
The promotional campaign continues for Changamir? and Only Human. A professional fashion photo shoot, high-quality CD release with radio airplay, successful video premiere, and a unique itinerary of upcoming events keep the public wanting more of her. For recreation, Changamir? enjoys fine dining, fashion, theater, and traveling. Her social and professional affiliations include the Washington Area Music Association, National Association of Black Females in Entertainment, Washington Project for the Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Resident Program, and the African and American Women's Association.