Chanelle Albert is a French Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who currently resides in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. With her music rooted in a diverse range of genres, including folk, rock'n'roll, and progressive rock, Chanelle draws inspiration from acclaimed artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and Nick Cave.
Born in the city of North Bay and raised in the charming village of Verner in beautiful Northern Ontario, Chanelle developed a deep passion for music and literature from an early age. Her artistic journey reached a significant milestone in 2010 when she was honoured with the prestigious Governor General's Award for her illustrated story, Le Grand dérangement d'Élise. The award ceremony took place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, where Chanelle received the accolade from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on November 19, 2010. Two years later, she showcased her versatile talents by securing the lead role of Cosette in the TOROS production of Les Misérables. The sold-out musical captivated audiences at the Capitol Center in North Bay from August 8 to 12, 2012.
At the age of 15, Chanelle was deeply inspired to explore her own musical and poetic expressions after attending a remarkable Leonard Cohen concert in Ottawa in December 2012. Embarking on her career as an independent artist, she held her inaugural gig at the Village Pub & Eatery in Burk's Falls, ON, on February 21, 2014. Since then, Chanelle has graced countless stages, delighting audiences at a wide array of venues and festivals across Ontario, including bars, clubs, coffee houses, auditoriums, gymnasiums, sports arenas, ballparks, parking lots, barns, open fields, and even radio and television stations. Moreover, she has generously lent her captivating voice to support numerous 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, Music For Youth Patio Session charity fundraiser, Christmas telethon events, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and Canadian citizenship ceremonies.
In 2015, Chanelle's talent flourished further as she released her debut solo album, How Beautiful We Are, which earned her national recognition with two award nominations in 2016. She was nominated in the category of "Best Folk or Roots" at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and in the catagory of "Young Performer of the Year" at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. During that period, her heartfelt live video for the song "Stranger" achieved recognition as a Top Ten Northern Ontario entry in CBC's prestigious Searchlight contest.
Continuing her artistic pursuits, Chanelle found herself among the top five finalists from across Canada in the 2017 Francophone singer/songwriter competition and TV series, Planète BRBR on TFO.
In February 2018, Chanelle showcased her production skills by independently releasing the single "Alright," which was followed by the French version, "Bien oui," in March of the same year. "Alright" garnered further acclaim as one of the top songs recognized by FMO and the "Song from the Heart" jury, leading to its nomination for the esteemed Ontario Arts Council's 2018 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award.
Chanelle has been a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) since 2014, and of Folk Music Ontario (FMO) since 2016.