Chantal Kreviazuk

Born: 1974, Winnipeg
Debut: 1996
Genre: Pop

Achievements

• Juno Award for Female Artist of the Year, 2000
• Juno Award for Best Pop Album, 2000 (Colour Moving and Still)
• Co-written songs for some of the world’s best-selling artists
• Contributed songs to several motion picture soundtracks

Studio Albums and Singles

1996: Under These Rocks and Stones

• 2x Platinum
• Singles: “God Made Me” (#9 WP; #77 YE), “Surrounded” (#9 WP), “Wayne” (#20 WP), “Believer” (#31 WP), “Hands” (#26 WP)

1999: Colour Moving and Still

• 2x Platinum
• Juno Award for Best Pop Album of the Year
• Singles: “Before You” (#2 WP; #71 YE), “Dear Life” (#14 WP), “Souls”, “Far Away”

2002: What If It All Means Something

• Gold
• Singles: “In This Life”, “Time”, “Julia”, “What If It All Means Something”, “Weight of the World”

2006: Ghost Stories

• Gold
• Juno-Nominated
• Singles: “Ghosts of You”, “Wonderful”, (SOCAN Award), “All I Can Do” (Juno-Nominated)

2009: Plain Jane

• Singles: “Invincible”, “The Way”, “Ordinary People”

2016: Hard Sail

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Other Songs

• “Leaving on a Jet Plane” from the Armageddon soundtrack
• “Feels Like Home” for the “Dawson Creek” TV Series and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days soundtrack
• “In My Life” from the Providence soundtrack
• “This Year” from the Serendipity soundtrack
• “Leading Me Home” from the Men with Brooms soundtrack
• “Another Small Adventure” from the Stuart Little 2 soundtrack
• “Redemption Song” from the Peace Songs compilation
• “O Holy Night” (duet with Avril Lavigne) from Maybe This Christmas Too?
• “These Days” from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants soundtrack
• “I Want You to Know” from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants soundtrack
• “Lebo’s River – A Tribute” (with Raine Maida) on Help!: A Day in the Life
• “Can’t Make it Good” (with Raine Maida) theme song to Century Hotel
• “Time” was used in the credits of the movie Uptown Girls
• “I Do Believe”
• “Wild Horses”
• “In Waskada Somewhere” on the Great Canadian Song Quest compilation
• “Cruel One” bonus track on Alex Band’s album We’ve All Been There

Songs Co-Written for Other Artists

• Six songs on Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin album, including “He Wasn’t”
• “Rich Girl” (Gwen Stefani)
• “Where Is Your Heart” (Kelly Clarkson)
• “Walk Away” (Kelly Clarkson)
• “One Minute” (Kelly Clarkson)
• “13 Days” (Marion Raven)
• “Revolution” (The Veronicas)
• “Meant to Fly” (Eva Avila)
• “You Got to Me” (Rex Goudie)
• “Hanging On” (Cheyenne Kimball)
• “Mr. Beautiful” (Cheyenne Kimball)
• “Gardenia” (Mandy Moore)
• “Outside of You” (Hilary Duff)
• “The Look” (Luigi Masi)
• “Fake It” (Luigi Masi)
• “Permanent” (David Cook)
• “Unapologize” (Carrie Underwood)
• “Daydream” (Miranda Cosgrove)
• “Wonder Woman” (Namie Amuro)

In 1977, somewhere in Winnipeg, Carol and John Kreviazuk were astonished when they witnessed their three year old daughter, Chantal, begin playing the piano simply from observing her older brothers perform. She was a prodigy. They signed her up for formal lessons expecting her to become a classical pianist. But she developed a love for pop and music composition, attending the Balmoral Hall School for Girls.

By the time she enrolled in the English Literature program at the University of Manitoba, she was writing commercial jingles and performing in lounges. A head-on collision with a motorcycle in Italy resulted in her reassessing her pursuits while recovering in hospital. It was time to get serious about her career as a pop singer-songwriter.

Honeymooners frontman Chris Burke-Gaffney agreed to manage her and helped co-write and record her demos. Sony’s Michael Roth offered her a one million dollar contract for two albums. The resulting album, Under These Rocks and Stones, spawned five hit singles, including two Top Tens, and eventually sold 200,000 copies. Fifty thousand were sold over the 1997 Christmas season alone. “Surrounded”, which peaked at number 9 on the national RPM charts, was an emotionally power-packed piano ballad about a friend who had committed suicide. Kreviazuk’s success made her immediately sought out by American chat show host Conan O’Brien and secured her a spot in Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair music festival.

Around this time, Chantal embarked on a romantic journey with Our Lady Peace’s Michael “Raine” Maida whom she had met at a Pearl Jam concert in Toronto. The two married in 1999, sealing a musical partnership.

In 1998, she covered John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” which was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Armageddon. Her masterwork came the following year. Colour Moving and Still won for her a Female Artist of the Year Juno and nabbed the award for Best Pop Album. “Before You” peaked at number two on the charts. The album was certified double platinum.

What If It All Means Something came in 2002. Chantal performed “In This Life” on the American “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. She released Ghost Stories after the birth of two sons. “All I Can Do” was nominated for the coveted Song of the Year Juno. A greatest hits compilation Since We Met: The Best of 1996-2006 appeared in 2008. Plain Jane followed in 2009.

Chantal Kreviazuk has been sought out by the industry due to her catchy songs and skills of composition. This has resulted in a large number of her songs being featured in motion pictures and their soundtracks. Many of these were works outside of her album tracks. She has also been high in demand to co-write songs for other artists, including some of the biggest names in the industry: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, and Hillary Duff to name a few. Kelly Clarkson’s international hit “Walk Away” was co-written by Kreviazuk. Chantal and her family’s moving to Los Angeles has helped facilitate these two lines of work. She also owns a home in Toronto.

Chantal’s performance of Randy Newman’s “Feels Like Home” has been very popular. It was featured in the TV Series “Dawson Creek” as well as the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days soundtrack. The song is also showcased in a video montage of scenes from The Notebook, a film starring Canadian actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, put together by Monique. The Youtube music video has drawn nearly five million views. For your convenience we’ve embedded it below.

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