Chloe Temtchine, an award-winning singer/songwriter lived with Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease for 12 years. On August 5, 2020, after suffering a cardiac arrest, being in a coma for four days, and on life support (ECMO) for almost a month, Chloe received a life-saving, double-lung transplant. The surgery was performed at UCLA by the renowned Dr. Abbas Ardehali.
Since 2008, Temtchine had been living with both Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), a rare and fatal lung condition in which a high level of blood pressure in the arteries leads to an enlargement of the heart (her heart was three times its normal size), and with Pulmonary Veno Occlusive disease, an even rarer and more fatal disease. Unfortunately, she had to wait five years for the correct diagnosis.
In 2013, Chloe had just finished an album with Smash Mouth’s Grammy-nominated Greg Camp. All set to go on a world tour with Camp, she suffered congestive right-heart failure and was rushed to the ER. She was told she had little time left to live and that she would have to be on oxygen for the rest of her life.
Despite the grim prognosis, Temtchine was determined to write and perform, and to help inspire and empower those affected with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and other chronic illnesses. She has written music with an accomplished array of songwriters and producers, including Greg Camp (as mentioned above) and Toby Gad (who has written for John Legend, Madonna and Fergie, among many others).
Chloe, who sings with a paralyzed vocal cord, wrote the song Be Brave shortly after she was released from the hospital’s critical care unit in 2013. Over 150,000 copies were downloaded within the first 90 days of its release. She recently completed her fourth album titled You Save Me and on July 8th she will be releasing her new single, So Damn Lucky.
Chloe says of her recent double-lung transplant, a grueling 10-hour surgery, “My incredible doctors managed to not only keep me alive, but they were so careful with regard to preserving my vocal cords. I am beyond grateful to my surgeon for saving my life. Words will never do justice.”
Since the transplant, Chloe has found new meaning, purpose, and passion. She founded The Chloe Temtchine Foundation (TCTF), a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering people living with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) and other life-threatening illnesses, through entertainment. She has expanded her mission to include bringing awareness to the importance of organ donation.
Funds raised through her foundation help support Super Brave Kids and The Smile Tour, a project which consists of Chloe traveling to leading hospitals across the United States to perform for pediatric patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and other chronic illnesses as well as for their families, friends, and hospital staff. Her goal is to impart hope and inspiration. She is committed to generating public awareness of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in the hopes that one day there will be a cure.
Super Brave Kids is a series that she created in order to continue spreading her message. It consists of Chloe interviewing pediatric patients who are living with a chronic illness – Chloe calls them “Superheroes” – with the aim of providing hope and inspiration to them and to those watching.
Temtchine has been featured many times over the years:
News NY-1 covered her New York truck tour, Where in The Truck is Chloe, an event that took place in prime locations in NYC over the course of four months. Chloe jumped on the back of a parked truck, guitar in hand, and performed music from her album, Between Day and Dream. She has been a guest/performer on Hallmark’s Home and Family, The Doctors (CBS), The Nate Berkus Show, and Fox 4 News, and has been featured twice on KTLA. She has performed on Late Night with David Letterman and Fearless Music (FOX 5) and is the voice behind the national commercial celebrating the 100th anniversary of American Express. Her story has been featured in LA Weekly, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Thrive Global, New York Post, Fox 5 News, and Digital Journal, to name a few. Her single Brand New Day was featured on The Early Show (CBS). Her original songs have played on various TV series and films.
Temtchine’s new song and music video for So Damn Lucky is set to go live on July 8, 2021.
“This is the first song I wrote after my lung transplant, and I can’t wait to share it! I feel so damn lucky to be alive and to be able to breathe. I am grateful beyond words,” says Temtchine.
Chloe is trilingual: she speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently.
A sought-after motivational speaker/performer, she has been retained by worldwide brands and multinational pharmaceutical companies, and regularly performs at private “invitation-only” events.
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