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Chashawna Wesby, a.k.a. 'Passionate'


AGE: 28

PLAYS: Guitar

HOMETOWN: Butler, Ga.

FIRST INSTRUMENT: Began playing the flute in sixth grade. "My second one was the piano. But I fell in love with the guitar."

MUSICAL STYLE: Wesby, who is perhaps better known by her stage name "Passionate," performs a mix of inspirational, acoustic and spoken-word music. Her favorite part of performing is connecting with her audience.

FAVORITE LOCAL CONCERT ATTENDED: Claude Deuce's CD release show at New Life Worship Center, 2009. "It was real nice. He had Milliyon here. ... His CD is so unique, and the community support was awesome. ... Also M.D. Stokes was there, and he performed."

FAVORITE BOOK: The Bible. "I get a lot of my ideas and inspiration from the Book of Proverbs and the Book of Psalms."

FAVORITE ALBUMS: Brandy's Human and Ne-Yo's Year of the Gentleman

PRE-SHOW RITUAL: "I try my best before my shows to settle my mind, just meditate and just focus and pray before each one of my shows."

WHAT'S AHEAD: An album is scheduled to be released in January, Wesby said. The Journey will feature songs that touch on the themes of love, God and relationships.


Catch her act

Passionate has two performances you can catch this weekend.

- Friday: 6 p.m. at Paine College's Candler Memorial Library, free

- Sunday: 5 p.m., Poise, Passion and Power fourth annual awards ceremony, Heritage Academy, 333 Greene St.; $20