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Wikipedia: Chantal Kreviazuk

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Chantal Kreviazuk
Chantal Kreviazuk speaks to the audience during a September, 2007 performance at Jackson-Triggs Winery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada)
Chantal Kreviazuk speaks to the audience during a September, 2007 performance at Jackson-Triggs Winery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada)
Background information
Birth name Jennifer Chantal Kreviazuk
Born May 18, 1974 (1974-05-18) (age 34)
Origin Flag of Canada Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genre(s) Adult contemporary (Hot AC)
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s) Singing, piano, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Label(s) Sony BMG Music (Canada)

Chantal Kreviazuk (pronounced /ʃɑn ˈtɑl ˌkrɛ vi ˈa zək/[1]; born May 18, 1974 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian singer-songwriter of the Adult contemporary music genre. She is also a classically trained pianist, and can play the guitar.




Kreviazuk’s first album, Under These Rocks and Stones, was released in Canada in 1996 and the U.S. in early 1997 to much critical praise.[citation needed] The album sold over 100,000 copies in the U.S., fueled mostly by the singles “Surrounded” and “God Made Me”, while in Canada it went double platinum with sales of over 200,000. Three videos from the album receive modest play on the video channel MuchMusic and radio (“God Made Me”, “Believer” and “Wayne”), but it was a fourth, “Surrounded”, that became her first major Canadian airplay hit in 1997. That year, Kreviazuk received her first Juno Award nomination as Best New Artist.

In 1999, Kreviazuk released her second album. Titled Colour Moving and Still, it featured tracks written with her new husband, Raine Maida, lead singer of Our Lady Peace. The lead single from the album “Before You” became a huge radio hit in Canada and she performed the single on the 2000 Juno Awards, where she won two awards for Best Adult/Pop Album and Best Female Artist. Kreviazuk released two more videos from the album, “Dear Life” and “Far Away”, as well as an additional radio release, “Souls”, which was also remixed and was released as a promo vinyl for the M1 & Steve Fernandez Remix.

Her third album, What If It All Means Something, was released in 2002. This album also featured multiple collaborations with Maida. The first single, “In This Life”, was a hit in Canada. Kreviazuk performed the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Kreviazuk announced via her blog in August 2005 that she was writing and recording her fourth album in her home studio, with Maida producing. The first single off the album, “All I Can Do”, was made available on her official website and MySpace spage prior to the release of the album. On July 24 the album premiered on the Canadian music channel Much More Music along with a behind the scenes special. The album, Ghost Stories, was released August 29, 2006.


Kreviazuk’s work has appeared on many soundtracks for films and television shows. In 1998, Kreviazuk scored her only international hit to date with a cover of “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, a song written by John Denver and popularized by Peter, Paul & Mary. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the blockbuster film Armageddon and was that album’s follow-up single to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

In 1999, Chantal recorded a cover of the Randy Newman ballad “Feels Like Home” for the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack, as well as “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days,” and performed a cover version of The Beatles’ “In My Life” for the television drama Providence.

In this Life was featured in the film Saved! and also in a trailer for the film The Door in the Floor starring Jeff Bridges. Kreviazuk’s “Time” was played in the credits of the movie Uptown Girls, and featured in an episode of the MTV reality show, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the pilot episode of the ABC romantic comedy/drama Men In Trees, the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, and the ABC family movie Lucky 7. Her song “This Year” was featured on the Serendipity soundtrack. In 2005, two new songs written and performed by Kreviazuk were also featured on the soundtrack of the movie The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants. In 2006, “It’s All About a Kiss” played during the film Just My Luck.

Songwriting for others

Since 2003, Kreviazuk has co-written many songs for other artists, often collaborating with her husband Raine Maida. In 2003, Kreviazuk and Maida collaborated on a number of tracks with Avril Lavigne for Lavigne’s second album Under My Skin. Kreviazuk and Maida also contributed songs to Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 album Breakaway, The Veronicas’ The Secret Life Of The Veronicas, Marion Raven’s 2005 and 2007 albums Here I Am and Set Me Free and recently Cheyenne Kimball’s debut Hanging On in 2006.

Other work

In 2001, Kreviazuk made her big-screen debut as a main character in David Weaver’s indie film Century Hotel (co-starring alongside Sandrine Holt and Mia Kirshner). She also co-wrote the movie’s theme song, “Can’t Make it Good”, with Maida.

Kreviazuk sang background vocals on a Nightmare Of You song called “I Want To Be Buried In Your Backyard”, which was released on their 2005 self-titled debut album. She has also contributed to Maida’s solo EP, Love Hope Hero.

Kreviazuk also provided additional vocals on a Men, Women & Children song titled “Monkey Monkee Men”, from their 2006 self-titled debut album.

In 2007, Kreviazuk starred in Pretty Broken, a short film about a woman dealing with mental illness. Kreviazuk also co-produced the movie.[2]

She also writes a MySpace page, where she posts about her daily life, her thoughts on world politics, as well as updating fans with the latest on how writing/recording for her album is going.


Kreviazuk met Raine Maida, the lead singer of Our Lady Peace, at a Pearl Jam concert September 21, 1996 in Toronto. They married in December 1999.[3] On January 16, 2004, their son, Rowan Michael, was born. Their second son, Lucca Jon, was born on June 3, 2005. Their third son, Salvador “Sal” Daniel, was born on June 28, 2008.[4] The family lives in Los Angeles, California, USA and also has a home in Toronto.

Kreviazuk’s parents are Carol and John Kreviazuk. Kreviazuk is of First Nations (through her 5th great grandmother) and Scottish and Ukrainian descent through her mother, and Ukrainian through her father.[5]



  • Under These Rocks and Stones (CAN 2xPlatinum) (1997)
  • Colour Moving and Still (#9 CAN 2xPlatinum) (1999)
  • What If It All Means Something (#29 CAN Gold) (#119 US) (2002)
  • Ghost Stories (#2 CAN Gold) (2006)


  • “God Made Me”
  • “Believer”
  • “Wayne”
  • “Surrounded”
  • “Hands”
  • “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (cover of John Denver)
  • “Feels Like Home” (cover of Randy Newman)
  • “Before You”
  • “Dear Life”
  • “Souls”
  • “Far Away”
  • “In This Life”
  • “Time”
  • “Julia”
  • “What If It All Means Something”
  • “Weight of the World”
  • “All I Can Do”
  • “Wonderful”
  • “Ghosts Of You”

Music videos

  • “God Made Me”
  • “Believer”
  • “Wayne”
  • “Surrounded”
  • “God Made Me” (US Version)
  • “Leaving On A Jet Plane”
  • “Before You”
  • “Dear Life”
  • “Far Away”
  • “In This Life”
  • “Time”
  • “Time” (featuring clips from Uptown Girls)
  • “Lebo’s River – A Tribute” (with Raine Maida)
  • “All I Can Do”
  • “Wonderful”

Non-album tracks

  • “Dealer” (available on the Japanese version of “Under These Rocks and Stones”)
  • “Love Is All” (available on the Japanese version of “Under These Rocks and Stones”)
  • “Leaving On A Jet Plane” (available on the Armageddon soundtrack)
  • “Feels Like Home” (available on the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack)
  • “In My Life” (available on the Providence soundtrack)
  • “This Year” (available on the Serendipity soundtrack)
  • “Leading Me Home” (available on the Men With Brooms soundtrack)
  • “Another Small Adventure” (available on the Stuart Little 2 soundtrack)
  • “Redemption Song” (available on the Peace Songs compilation)
  • “O Holy Night” (duet with Avril Lavigne – available on the Maybe This Christmas 2 compilation)
  • “These Days” (available on The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants soundtrack)
  • “I Want You To Know” (available on The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants soundtrack)
  • “Lebo’s River-A Tribute” (with Raine Maida) (available on Help-a Day in the Life)
  • “Can’t Make it Good” (with Raine Maida; theme song to “Century Hotel”)
  • “I Do Believe” (iTunes Exclusive with “Ghost Stories”)

Co-written tracks for other artists

  • Avril Lavigne Under My Skin
    • “Together” (Avril Lavigne , Chantal Kreviazuk)
    • “He Wasn’t” (Avril Lavigne/Chantal Kreviazuk)
    • “How Does It Feel” (Avril Lavigne/Chantal Kreviazuk)
    • “Forgotten” (Avril Lavigne/Chantal Kreviazuk)
    • “Who Knows” (Avril Lavigne/Chantal Kreviazuk)
  • Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
    • “Rich Girl” (Chantal Kreviazuk/Gwen Stefani/Kara DioGuardi/Mike Elizondo/Eve/Adrian Young/M. Batson/J. Bock/S. Harnick)
  • Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
    • “Where Is Your Heart” (Kelly Clarkson/Kara DioGuardi/Chantal Kreviazuk & Co-Production)
    • “Walk Away” (Kelly Clarkson/Kara DioGuardi/Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida & Co-Production)
  • Marion Raven Here I Am and Set Me Free
    • “13 Days” (Marion Raven/Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida & Co-Production)
  • The Veronicas The Secret Life Of The Veronicas
    • “Revolution” (Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida)
  • Eva Avila Somewhere Else
    • “Meant to Fly” (Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida/Gaby Moreno)
  • Rex Goudie Look Closer
    • “You Got To Me” (Kara DioGuardi/Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida)
  • Cheyenne Kimball The Day Has Come
    • “Hanging On” (Cheyenne Kimball/Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida)
    • “Mr. Beautiful” (Cheyenne Kimball/Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida)
  • Mandy Moore Wild Hope
    • “Gardenia” (Mandy Moore/Chantal Kreviazuk)
  • Hilary Duff Dignity
    • “Outside Of You” (Alecia Moore (P!nk)/Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida)
  • Kelly Clarkson My December
    • “One Minute” (Kelly Clarkson/Kara DioGuardi/Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida)
  • Luigi Masi
    • “The Look” (Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida)
    • “Fake It” (Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida)


Juno Awards

  • Nominated, 1997, Best New Artist
  • Won, 2000, Best Pop Album
  • Won, 2000, Best Female Artist
  • Nominated, 2007, Single Of The Year
  • Nominated, 2007, Best Pop Album

See also

  • List of bands from Canada


  1. ^ “Chantal Kreviazuk”. Frequency. Fast Focus. Retrieved on 2008-05-26.
  2. ^ Pretty Broken Credits on its official site
  3. ^ Home –
  4. ^ “CBB Exclusive: Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida welcome third son; Introducing Salvador Daniel Maida”. Retrieved on 2008-06-30.
  5. ^ “Chantal Kreviazuk”. Who Do You Think You Are?. CBC Television (broadcastNovember 8, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-11-08.

External links

  • Official site
  • Collecting Kreviazuk (Fan site)
  • Unfold Before You (Fan site)
  • MySpace
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