Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chantal Grows from Prodigy to Chanteuse

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chantal Grows from Prodigy to Chanteuse

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Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk remembers having her mother call her into the living room to perform for family and friends.

"And I would say, 'No Mom, I don't want to,' in a whiny voice. I was the little party favor," says Ms. Kreviazuk, laughing, in a telephone interview from Toronto. "I was going through that teenager stage thing."

The young singer-songwriter, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has come a long way since then.

In July, she sang the Canadian National Anthem at baseball's All- Star Game in Atlanta. And, earlier this year, she won a Juno Award for Best Female Artist (Canada's equivalent of a Grammy) and released her second CD, "Colour Moving and Still" (Columbia), a 10- song CD filled with rich, evocative songs and pretty piano playing. It also won a Juno award - for Best Pop/Adult Album.

Kreviazuk's voice, which has been compared to fellow Canadians Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan, can be heard on the title song for the popular TV show "Providence," and on the soundtracks to the movie "Armageddon" and the TV series "Dawson's Creek."

Kreviazuk also experiments with unusual projects. She recently scored music for a restored version of "Cleopatra" on Turner Classic Movies, which aired throughout August.

Kreviazuk (pronounced Kre-VEE-a-zuk) first sat down at the piano at the age of 3. During her teenage years, she became a piano prodigy, playing everything from the Beatles to Barbra Streisand - all by ear.

"I used to play and people would say, 'Did you memorize that?' And I said, 'What do you mean memorize?' she says, laughing. Kreviazuk is also trained in the classics. She spent her formative years studying piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada.

To earn money, she would sing the national anthem at local hockey games. In high school, Kreviazuk tried to join an otherwise all- male band, but "they couldn't really handle a female being a leader. …

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