She’s only 14, but Chanmia Washington of Clayton isn’t too young to pursue her dreams. This seventh-grade student at Smyrna Middle School has already recorded her first album and is traveling to perform at shows across the country. Chanmia recorded “Teen Talk Tha Album” four months ago, and she’s distributing samples now.


She’s only 14, but Chanmia Washington of Clayton isn’t too young to pursue her dreams.

This seventh-grade student at Smyrna Middle School has already recorded her first album and is traveling to perform at shows across the country.

Chanmia recorded “Teen Talk Tha Album” four months ago, and she’s distributing samples now.

This teen-oriented album features songs like “Roc Starr,” “The Alley Kat” and “The Slumba’ Parti’.”

Chanmia’s music combines R&B, hip-hop and rap influences with positive messages for teens.

She hopes her songs can send an empowering message to other teenagers.

“Whatever you want to be, make it happen, and don’t let anyone try to keep you from what you want to accomplish,” she said.

Chanmia has been surrounded by music all her life.

Music seems to run in the family, and different members of the family are there to contribute to Chanmia’s efforts.

Chanmia writes her songs with the help of her stepfather Jason Samuels, who helps edit them.

When she wrote “The Alley Kat,” her little brother, Chan, helped her come up with some dance steps to go along with it.

“My little brother’s the dancer in the family,” she said.

Lately, Chanmia has been busy with weekend performances.

On May 18, she performed at the “Fix the World” concert in Hamilton, Ontario.

Last weekend she traveled to a show in Atlanta.

Chanmia said she sometimes gets nervous before a performance, but it all melts away when the crowd gets into the show.

“I do get nervous, but when I step on the scene and people start clapping, I get excited and hyped up about it,” she said.

Locally, her music has been played at the Clayton Fire Hall for teen dances, she said.

Chanmia said she wants to go as far as she can with her music.

“This is something that she wants, so we support her,” said her mother, Amica Washington. But Chanmia’s education definitely comes first, she added.

“I’m extremely proud of Chanmia,” she said. “I’ve seen her grow and mature so much.”

To hear some samples of Chanmia’s music, check out www.myspace.com/chanmia.