Inquiring Minds

Chanel Dizzle: Much More Than Just A "Barre Baby"

Rocks Off was pretty much blown away by that video of angelic-looking YouTube user ChanelDizzle singing the dirty hits of members of the Screwed Up Click, which we posted about last week. So we decided to get in touch with her and find out if she had dreams of becoming a ghetto superstar, rolling foreign cars through the streets of Third Ward.

The Houston native, whose real name is Chanel Dror, is a senior in corporate communications at UT-Austin. She was in town for the last bit of winter break and to celebrate her dad's birthday. And when it comes to singing, she's got a long history.

"I've just been singing for as long as I can remember," she says. "There was choir and musicals in middle school and high school, plus random talent shows. And now I sing with the premier a cappella group at UT, The Ransom Notes. We preform and rehearse a lot."

Her repertoire with that group is a bit more subdued: Pop and R&B hits like John Legend and The Fugees, and some "throwback oldies."

"Definitely no SUC," Chanel says.

She started making the videos about a month ago after realizing she had no major plans to continue performing once she was out of school.

"I'd been telling myself for a while that I need to get some videos on YouTube, just 'cause that's what everyone does and because it's a quick way to put myself out there," Chanel says.

"I started worrying about graduating -- because once I graduate I'm no longer in the group. So I was afraid I wouldn't have the opportunity to sing ever again. I had a friend help me out. She works in video editing for ACL in Austin and she's a pro."

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Shey is an experienced blogger, social media expert and traveler. She studied journalism at Oklahoma State University before working as a full-time reporter for Houston Community Newspapers in 2005. She lived in South Korea for three years, where she worked as a freelancer.
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