If you live in Winnipeg, home of The Guess Who (American Woman), Bachman Turner Overdrive (Takin Care of Business), Neil Young (Heart of Gold), and the Crash Test Dummies (Superman), there is another Artist music lovers in this Canadian town revere. While world fame has so far eluded Christelle, her spine tingling vocal power, mind boggling range, and perfect pitch, have thrilled audiences in this prairie town for years. Local gigs and regional concerts at leading Winnipeg venues, have showcased Christelle's talent as a singer/songwriter and exceptional performer, time after time.
This girl rocks!
So much so, that she has been compared by many to the Queen of Rock herself...Ann Wilson. This incredible comparison quickly led to a meeting in Los Angeles with the Wilson sisters themselves, Ann and Nancy. Christelle was invited backstage following a recorded performance at the Orpheum Theater, of Heart's iconic album, Dreamboat Annie. "Meeting Ann was a fantasy come true for me, a realization of a childhood dream" states Christelle, as she readily admits Ann was the inspiration for her vocal style.
The concept of doing a live show, featuring the cult classic film "Phantom of the Paradise" was first taken to the Stage in Winnipeg by some of the Original Cast, including world renowned Paul Williams. Christelle received the call for the leading role of "Phoenix", the film's singing sensation. The production was a huge hit and remains an annual event.
Her riveting stage presence, and photogenic persona, also attracted award winning, local Film and Television Producer, Cam Patterson, who featured Christelle in a number of his productions...filming videos of her original music, both live and scripted.
Recently, Christelle toured China with some of Winnipeg's leading musicians, playing at the international 2016 Silk Road Music Festival. While there, a Chinese-produced video was recorded on the Great Wall featuring her music. As well, this French Canadian chanteuse was honored with a special performance at the Beijing School of Music, and was invited to close an International Street Festival in the Shanghai district.
As the premiere female vocalist in Central Canada, Christelle has no shortage of top tier musicians, that not only are honored to share the stage with her, but are always there to support her music. As a result, she has enjoyed many writing collaborations with the best local talent, including Keith McPherson, a Canadian Idol Finalist.
When it comes to writing, there is one experience that stands out among all others. Christelle had the incredible opportunity to write with none other than the Matrix in Los Angeles. With millions of records sold, this multiple Grammy nominated production trio, stands at the very pinnacle of industry achievement in the modern era. "Having the opportunity to write and record with Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock, was definitely a career high-lite for me. Lauren's lyrical gift still leaves me in awe", shares Christelle.
Recently she reflected, "Recording with the Matrix at the famous Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, is an experience I will never forget". The list of Artists the Matrix has written for, and recorded, looks like a who's who of Popular Music. One artist, also hails from Canada...Avril Lavigne. Her hits "Sk8ter Boy" and "Complicated" were both written and recorded for Avril by the Matrix.
While Christelle possesses a unique and incredible vocal gift, she also recognizes those that have mentored her over the years. Tom Vickers, former head of A&R at Mercury Records for his sensibilities in directing her writing skills. Thomas Bahler, Songwriter and Voice Coach to none other than Michael Jackson (and Vocal Arranger of We are the World), for his perspectives and nuances in her vocal styling. and Scott Mathews of Hit or Myth Productions, for his encouragement and musical vision.
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