Chantal Jennifer Kreviazuk CMis a Canadian singer-songwriter of the adult contemporary music genre. She is also a classically trained pianist, and can play the guitar...
I'm learning a lot about myself being alone, and doing what I'm doing.
When I was 21, I got into a motorcycle accident while traveling in Europe and I had to lie around a lot in the aftermath, which was really the first time in my life that I became really focused and inspired to write.
To be honest, I'm not as goal oriented and ambitious as I once was.
Well, I actually first got into music as a small child, and as I became a teen, I sought out making money from music, weather that was singing lounge gigs, backup in studios, or weddings.
The flattery is nice, but awards don't add up to writing quality songs.
I listened to my record and hear lots of influences. And it's very rich... it's got a wide spectrum.
I think it's important to really press on with the song writing and just go with it. There's no code, there's no craft... it's just let yourself shine through your music. If it's meant to be loved and heard, it'll happen.
I've built a solid career there, but America's ten times the size. Now that we're onto the third record, I feel like the stars have aligned and American audiences are embracing my music even more.
If I'm writing strictly for others, how does that show what I'm experiencing or thinking? I just got to a point where I realized I could be as personal as I wanted to be and people could relate to those situations if they so choose.
And I think it's a real challenge to be up there sometimes with only a keyboard if they don't have a grand piano... and to try to win people over that way. It's really hard.
I'm not writing just about melancholy stuff anymore, I made a point to cover a wide range of emotions.
If certain songs become popular enough to the point where I'll be playing them the rest of my life, I don't want them all to dwell on the same down moment that I'll have to keep reliving.
Actually, no, because awards don't spark sales as much as you'd think.
I seem to have secured some place in world of music and that's kind of all that really matters to me.
I can't say I want to earn a particular award or sell a certain number of records, because even if I do that, the satisfaction only lasts five minutes.
Maybe in past years, perhaps women didn't feel quite as comfortable with revealing themselves, and their skills and their crafts... and now we are, so we're out there, just like the guys.
Of course, I would be depressed sometimes, and my Mom would be worried about me because I would just sleep to escape. Cause I was so scared of being a musician or artist, or whatever you want to call it.
Generally my feeling is that I think women are just in a universal way coming out, coming to their own more. And they have more opportunity, and basically we're equal.
I've found that in now having experienced what it's like to make records and just through growing up in general that you should be expressive about what's affecting you instead of trying to sing about a subject just for the sake of other people getting something from it.
Making sleep happen is a must - anytime, anywhere, from a plane to a train to an automobile. Ideally, I like to get eight to ten hours a night, though I'll take it broken up in two segments if I have to.
Once I got a record contract, and I took my songs which weren't quite finished, or maybe they were a good idea, maybe they weren't. I took them into the studio and developed them. They came to life and they evolved... and they're great.
Well, Winnepeg has everything to do with my music in the sense it was where I was born and raised, cultured and all that sort of thing. A lot of my experiences come from Winnepeg.
It scares me to speak my mind, it might sound self-absorbed, I don't say half of what I think, I wonder what I'm thinking for
Time, where did you go? / Why did you leave me here alone? / Wait, don't go so fast / I'm missing the moments as they pass
The real excitement comes from continually making records that I'm really proud of and finding my identity in the record making process.
Making sleep happen is a must- anytime, anywhere, from a plane to a train to an automobile. Ideally, I like to get eight to ten hours a night, though I'll take it broken up in two segments if I have to.
So in a sense, the accident was definitely good for me and if that didn't happen, it probably would have taken me a lot longer to get productive.
When I get up and play, I'm not having to sell myself because people are coming in with an open mind even if they haven't heard me before.
Don't get me wrong, we still go out after a gig and hang out late, but we also make sure to go to bed within some point of the day's travel schedule.