Chanelle Albert is an independent singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist residing 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, 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 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.