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The Band

Chanelle Albert & The Easy Company

        

(Artwork by Chanelle Albert, July 2018)                             (Artwork by Chanelle Albert, January 2018)

Chanelle Albert & The Easy Company is a four-piece, rock & roll/blues Canadian band based out of Sudbury, Ontario, led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Chanelle Albert, along with Andrew Gagnon (drums), Andrew Ryan (bass/guitar), and Matt Saroka (lead guitar). Formed on January 3rd, 2018, former members include Kyle Jobin, Ryan McEwen, and Scott Riching.

CHANELLE ALBERT - Lead Vocal / Guitar / Bass

Chanelle Albert is a Canadian independent singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based out of Sudbury, Ontario. Her style takes root from a variety of genres including folk, rock'n'roll, and the blues and her craft is greatly influenced by artists such as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, U2 and Nick Cave.

     Born in North Bay and raised in the small Canadian town of Verner in beautiful Northern Ontario, Chanelle was inspired to write music and poetry in 2012 at the age of 15 after attending a Leonard Cohen concert in Ottawa, Canada. Her first gig was held at the Village Pub and Eatery in Burk's Falls, ON, on February 21, 2014. She has since performed hundreds of shows in numerous venues, including bars, taverns, coffee houses, school auditoriums and gymnasiums, sport arenas, parks, parking lots, barns and open fields, and radio and television stations, from communities across Ontario. Furthermore, she has shared her beautiful voice in supporting several community and school functions such as the Relay for Life, OuiCare, and the Christmas telethon events, and the Remembrance Day and the Canadian citizenship ceremonies.

     In 2015, Chanelle released her debut album How Beautiful We Are which has earned her two national award nominations in 2016, including the Toronto Independent Music Awards in the category of "Best Folk or Roots", and the Canadian Folk Music Awards in the category of "Young Performer of the Year". That spring her raw live video “Stranger” was a Top Ten Northern Ontario entry in CBC’s Searchlight contest. Also, she was among the top 5 finalists from across Canada in the 2017 Francophone singer/songwriter competition and TV Series, Planète BRBR on TFO. What’s more, Chanelle has released a single titled “Alright” in February 2018 followed by the French version “Bien Oui” in March. “Alright” was later chosen as one of the top songs by Folk Music Ontario and the “Song from the Heart” jury which nominated the song for the Ontario Arts Council's 2018 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award.

     Moreover, Chanelle is the recipient of the prestigious Governor General’s Award for her illustrated story "Le Grand dérangement d’Élise". The ceremony was held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa where she received the award from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on November 19, 2010. Two years later, Chanelle was chosen in the lead role as Cosette in the TOROS production of Les Misérables. The sold out musical was held at the Capitol Center in North Bay which ran from August 8 to 12, 2012.

Chanelle Albert est une auteure-compositrice-interprète de Sudbury, Ontario, qui aime mélanger les genres en intégrant blues, rock & roll et folk à ses pièces musicales. Elle s'inspire d'artistes tout aussi divers tels que, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Jacques Brel, Barbara et Lana Del Rey.

     Née le 12 février 1997, dans le petit village de Verner situé dans le nord de l'Ontario, Chanelle a commencé jeune à montrer ses talents d’auteurs. En effet, elle fut la récipiendaire du prestigieux Prix du Gouverneur général pour son histoire illustrée Le Grand dérangement d’Élise. Son Excellence, le très honorable David Johnston, gouverneur général du Canada, a remis le prix à Chanelle lors d’une cérémonie qui a eu lieu à Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Canada, le 19 novembre 2010.

     Dès l’âge de 15 ans, elle écrivait des chansons anglaises et françaises ainsi que de la poésie. L’année 2015 marqua un tournant important dans sa jeune carrière, puisqu’elle lança son tout premier album intitulé How Beautiful We Are. Artiste passionnée par la musique, on y retrouve Chanelle qui chante et qui joue également le piano, la guitare, l’ukulélé et la musique à bouche. Par conséquent, cet album lui a mérité deux nominations au rang national, au Toronto Independent Music Awards pour « Best Folk or Roots » et au Prix de musique folk canadienne pour « Jeune artiste de l'année ». En 2017, elle a représenté la région de Sudbury au concours pancanadien, Planète BRBR de TFO et elle a terminé dans le top 5.

     Depuis le 3 janvier 2018, elle a créé un groupe indie rock du nom de Chanelle Albert & The Easy Company, dans lequel elle est la chanteuse et guitariste principale, accompagné par le guitarist Matt Saroka, le bassiste Andrew Ryan et le batteur Andrew Gagnon. De plus, Chanelle a sorti un simple intitulé "Alright" en février 2018 suivi par la version française "Bien Oui". Quelques mois plutard, Musique Folk de l'Ontario et le jury "Chansons du fond du cœur" ont mis Chanelle en candidature pour le prix Colleen Peterson de composition de chanson 2018, administré par Le Conseil des Arts de l’Ontario, pour sa chanson "Alright".

ANDREW GAGNON (August 18, 2018 - Present) - Drums / Backing Vocals

Andrew Gagnon is an independent musician currently residing in Sudbury, Ontario. Andrew’s primary instrument is the drum kit and he is inspired by artists/groups such as Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, The Moody Blues and Between The Buried and Me. Born in Brampton, ON and raised in Sudbury, Andrew discovered his love for music when he first got to play the clarinet in the Churchill Public School music program. After upgrading to the drum kit in the 7th grade he knew there was no turning back. He started playing with various punk rock bands in high school and eventually started his own band ,The Therapists, in college. In 2014, after playing the amateur circuit for a few years, he decided to head back to school at Cambrian College for the Music Performance program. He has since mastered a wide variety of musical styles and continues to perform on the professional circuit to this day.

ANDREW RYAN (January 12, 2019 - Present) - Bass / Guitar

MATT SAROKA (January 18, 2019 - Present) - Lead Guitar

 

*Former Members

*SCOTT RICHING (September 22, 2018 - December 7, 2018) - Bass / Guitar

*KYLE JOBIN (July 18, 2017 - September 2, 2018) - Bass

*RYAN McEWEN (January 3, 2018 - August 29, 2018) - Drums

Former member of the Easy Company, Ryan McEwen is an American born drummer from Virginia Beach, Virginia. With roots in classical percussion, he went to the Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Virginia Beach where he performed in many venues including the prestigious Carnegie Hall. He moved to Canada in 2014 and attended Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario where he has completed the Music Performance program (2015-2018). Multi-talented, Ryan has not only played in rock and punk based bands, but also has a background in Latin and African drumming, as well as orchestral percussion. In September 2018, Ryan moved to Hamilton, ON to continue his education in music performance at McMaster University School of Arts.