Sunny Chayes is an artist, radio show host, musician, art gallery owner, costume and clothing designer whose designs were worn to The Oscars, Emmys Grammys and Buckingham Palace.
Sunny Chayes was born into two prominent Chicago families. The Shapiro’s were celebrated in the world of art, politics, law and philanthropy. The Chayes family was extremely accomplished as well as influential in politics, environmentalism, music, law and world activism. As a young girl, Sunny was inspired by these larger than life people. The echoes of their legacy are found in her desire to make a difference in any way she can, continuing the spirit of these two great families.
Life’s education continued for the teenage Sunny in Maseru, Lesotho- Southern Africa where she found her passion for the stage performing in professional musicals. She was profoundly influenced and forever changed by being one of ten “Europeans” living in a small nation of “Africans”. A life altering experience never to be forgotten and always to be cherished. She then lived in Johannesburg where she studied with the top choreographers, vocal coaches, art masters and philosophers as well as winning awards in design and art.
Upon returning to The States, Sunny received her BFA from UCLA while continuing to perform in musical venues. Immediately after graduation she launched into designing costumes for film, television, music videos, commercials and theater. This led to creating a children’s clothing line sold to high end retailers domestically and abroad including; Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Harrod’s. Lots of gorgeous cherubs stepped out in “Sunny Chayes Designs” including Nicki and Paris Hilton.
Sunny had a cherub of her own. Husband, wife and child journeyed to Santa Fe where they owned and ran an art gallery. The gallery shared land with the Dalai Lama’s “peeps”. A true honor to wave and chat when His Holiness would “pop by” for a visit! Living in The Land of Enchantment created abundant opportunities to interact with international visitors and multicultural ways, including a number of Native American tribes.
Moving back to L.A. Sunny created an elite women’s clothing collection exported to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Europe, Mexico, Australia and Canada as well as stores in The States. “Chayes Designs” were worn to The Oscars, The Emmys, The Grammys, Buckingham Palace and eight Presidential Inaugurals.
All the while, Sunny continued her studies with wonderful sages and performing at events intended to inspire and uplift. At one of these events, she had the great honor of meeting Dr. Arun Gandhi, the youngest grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. They discussed how Sunny could really make a difference. The “If They Can Do It, You Know You Can” Peace Conference which was held In the Spring of 2007 came out of this meeting. Leaders of organizations gathered under Sunny’s roof to share local food, Marin wine, stunning live musical performances and inspirational speakers on a host of subjects. Agreements were made to work together for the greater good. A DVD was produced and distributed of the event which inspired others to create similar gatherings internationally. The love continues to grow with annual peace conferences, as well as political and environmental events as well as guest appearances on radio and t.v. shows.
Sunny’s newest love is her radio show “Singin’ in the Rain”-The Power of One, where she has the honor of chatting with writers, directors, advocates of peace, enlightened politicians, world class musicians and spiritual sages of all kinds from around the world. The intention of the show is to enlighten, inspire and call us all to participate. With humor, song, wisdom and knowledge, Sunny’s guests deliver significant topics with a perspective of hope and action steps we can all take. Stay tuned for more.....the day is young.
Her greatest love is being a mom to her two sons, Palmer and Chandler. www.ubnradio.com/sunnychayes