Keshia Chante gives teens hope

-- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 4:06 AM ET

Canadian recording star Keshia Chante gave a group of Calgary high school students something to sing about yesterday.

The 18-year-old R&B artist popped into Ernest Manning high school to speak to the teens about how music has positively influenced her life.

She also presented the music program with a $1,000 cheque -- a gift which will be handed out at all eight Canadian schools the singer is visiting as part of Roger's Love Music Speaking Tour with Keshia Chante. The 2005 Juno winner and 2007 Juno nominee for Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year says her story just seems to resonate with today's youth.

"They all pretty much have come to me and said it was probably one of the best and most powerful speeches they've heard because they can really relate to it. I show them it's really possible to succeed."

Chante, who broke into the music scene five years ago, says in order to be successful in any field, people must dream big, write a list of goals and always believe in themselves.

"These are things I think the majority of kids hear from their parents, but it's totally different when there is someone who is their age who can put truth to it," she says.

Grade 10 student Rachel Thomson, 15, says she was inspired by Chante's presentation because it focused on acting now rather than waiting until school is over.

"I really like that she talked about having a dream and just going for it because I have a big dream," says Thomson. "Because she already has achieved such a big dream, she kind of made that seem possible."


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