Myesha Chaney Signs On To Lifetime Pilot Showcasing L.A. First Ladies
Singer, blogger, radio host and first lady Myesha Chaney is one of four women who have signed on to do a reality series keying in on the lives of women whose husbands are involved in the ministry in Los Angeles.
Chaney joins Rinnita Thompson, wife of Pastor Xavier Thompson (Southern Missionary Baptist Church), Yvette Williams, wife of Pastor C. Dennis Williams (Brookins Community AME Church) and Leslie Young, wife of Youth Pastor Jonathan Young (Miracle Temple Church of God Pentecostal) in the cast for the pilot.
Chaney, who is married to Pastor Wayne Chaney (Antioch Baptist Church of Long Beach) burst onto the gospel music scene with a fresh new sound and a simple but radical goal: to take Jesus into the world by any means necessary. It’s the concept and title of her debut CD project, Take Him to the World, which was released this summer.
Myesha’s cutting-edge vision for her style of gospel is getting her listeners to understand that they can be who they are and be used by Him. Her musical influences include Whitney Houston, Brandy, Shirley Caesar and Yolanda Adams.
The first single from the CD, “I Came to Lift Him,” was written by Myesha, with Gerald and Tammi Haddon, as a declaration to the gospel music industry about who she is and what she is here to do.
The music on the CD is a departure from the more traditional, yet equally energetic, gospel music that she leads as the worship leader and praise team director at the church where her husband serves as senior pastor. Under their leadership, the congregation has grown to 2,500 people.
A licensed and ordained minister, Myesha is in charge of “all things women” at Antioch, including a women-only Bible study and on Sundays she co-hosts a weekly radio talk show with her husband—Real Life with Pastor Wayne and Myesha Chaney on KJLH 102.3 FM, the station owned by Stevie Wonder.
Myesha began singing when she was in kindergarten. Coming from a poor family with a father who was in prison, she was not encouraged to pursue that dream and instead became a registered nurse.
“My family was happy when I became a nurse,” says the mother of three ,who has a weekly inspirational column on Lee Bailey’s EURweb.com and is a featured blogger on ESSENCE.com. “They were job people, not dream people.” But Chaney knew that nursing was not her calling, and eventually left the profession to pursue her passion for ministry and music.
“I am constantly inspired by the fact that I have the ability to enrich the lives of people through my obedience to God,” she says. “I want to continue to develop my music to reach and encourage a new generation of believers.”
No word on whether or not Lifetime has optioned the pilot for a series.