Chanelle Albert & the Easy Company are an independent and psychedelic folk rock band based out of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The group is fronted by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Chanelle Albert, who is accompanied by Andrew Gagnon on drums, and Jacob Tyler on Bass. Their craft is greatly influenced by artists such as The Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Moody Blues, and Emerson Lake & Palmer.
Chanelle Albert & the Easy Company was first created on January 3rd 2018.
Chanelle Albert is an independent singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Her style takes root from a variety of genres including folk, rock'n'roll, and the blues, and she has been influenced by artists such as Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, and Emerson Lake & Palmer.
Born in North Bay on the 12th of February 1997, and raised in the small Canadian town of Verner in beautiful Northern Ontario, Chanelle took to music and literature at a young age. In 2010, she was 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 began to write music and poetry in 2012 at the age of 15. Beginning her career as an independent artist, her first gig was held at the Village Pub & Eatery in Burk's Falls, ON, on February 21, 2014. She has since performed hundreds of shows at numerous venues and festivals, including bars, clubs, coffee houses, auditoriums, gymnasiums, sport arenas, parks, parking lots, barns, open fields, and radio and television stations from communities across Ontario. Furthermore, she has shared her beautiful voice in supporting several community functions, and charitable events such as the Relay for Life, No One Eats Alone/Cruising for Organ Donors fundraiser, OuiCare, Boozefighters MC/Ride for a Friend poker run, Christmas telethon events, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and the Canadian citizenship ceremonies.
In 2015, Chanelle released her debut album, How Beautiful We Are, which 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.
The following year, she was among the top 5 finalists from across Canada in the 2017 Francophone singer/songwriter competition and TV Series, Planète BRBR on TFO.
Chanelle Albert & the Easy Company was founded in January 2018.
Chanelle produced and released a single titled “Alright” in February 2018, followed by the French version “Bien oui” in March 2018. “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.
In 2020, chanellealbert.com was awarded the Folk Music Ontario Website Award sponsored by Bandzoogle.
Andrew Gagnon is a professional drummer residing in Sudbury, Ontario. He is a graduate of Cambrian College’s Independent Music Production program, and has studied jazz, latin, rock, heavy metal, world music, and advanced polyrhythmic techniques. He is inspired by artists/groups such as Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, The Moody Blues, and Between The Buried and Me. Andrew is currently a drum teacher at Long & McQuade in Sudbury.
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. He has since assembled several rock, blues, metal and pop bands, and performed in various venues and festivals across Ontario and Quebec. In 2014, after playing the amateur circuit for a few years, he decided to enroll at Cambrian College and became a graduate of the Independent Music Production program. Andrew joined Chanelle Albert & the Easy Company in the summer of 2018.