Chantal Kreviazuk

Chantal Kreviazuk
Chantal Kreviazuk

Chantal Kreviazuk during a September, 2007 performance at Jackson-Triggs Winery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada)
Background information
Birth name Chantal Jennifer Thelma-Ramupriya Kreviazuk
Born May 18, 1974 (1974-05-18) (age 37)
Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Pop, adult contemporary
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Singing, piano, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels MapleMusic Recordings, Sony BMG Music (Canada)
Associated acts Rachael Yamagata, Alanis Morissette, Raine Maida, Luigi Masi, Drake

Chantal Jennifer Kreviazuk[1] (play /ʃɑːnˈtɑːl ˌkrɛviˈæzək/;[2] born on 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 June 1997 to much critical praise.[citation needed] The album was certified double platinum by the CRIA for selling over 200,000 copies in the U.S., fueled mostly by the singles "Surrounded" and "God Made Me". 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. She also took part in the 1998 Lilith Fair music festival; "Surrounded" was included in the live compilation album from that year.

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 page 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.

On October 28, 2008, she released her first compilation album, Since We Met: The Best of 1996-2006.

On October 13, 2009, she released her fifth studio album, Plain Jane.

She is featured on a song called "Over my Dead Body" by fellow Canadian recording artist Drake.


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 and 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." Chantal also performs a cover version of The Beatles' "In My Life" for the television drama Providence.

In 2002, Kreviazuk recorded Another Small Adventure which was played in Stuart Little 2 and was on the soundtrack.

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, as well as in an episode of the CW Television Network's Smallville. In May 2003 was the soundtrack of the "Episode 20" from "Everwood" in WB. 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. The song "Weight of the World" is also featured during the credits of the 2003 film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and in the us television series Wildfire.

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. Their most recent collaboration came on the song "Permanent" for David Cook's self titled album David Cook.Also, she helped write a song called "Gardenia" which appears on Mandy Moore's 2007 album Wild Hope. In 2011 , she appears on the rapper Drake latest album Take Care in which she wrote for part of the song "Over My Dead Body" and sang the chorus.

Kreviazuk performing at Busking for Change 2009

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.[3]

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.

On March 27, 2010, Kreviazuk headlined a concert held at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto to celebrate WWF's Earth Hour.

In 2010, she contributed the song "Na Miso" to the Enough Project and Downtown Records' Raise Hope for Congo compilation with Bibiana Mpoyo. Proceeds from the compilation fund efforts to make the protection and empowerment of Congo’s women a priority, as well as inspire individuals around the world to raise their voice for peace in Congo.

Personal life

Kreviazuk was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and attended Balmoral Hall School for Girls. 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.[4] 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.[5] Kreviazuk and Maida renewed their wedding vows in Costa Rica in November 2009.[6] 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 Ukrainian descent. Her family roots also include Scottish and First Nations descent through her 5th great grandmother on her mother's side.[7]



Year Album Chart Positions Certifications
1996 Under These Rocks and Stones
  • Released: June 3, 1997
  • Label: Columbia
33 38
1999 Colour Moving and Still
  • Released: October 5, 1999
  • Label: Columbia
  • CAN: 2× Platinum[9]
2002 What If It All Means Something
  • Released: December 24, 2002
  • Label: Columbia
119 21 2
2006 Ghost Stories
  • Released: August 29, 2006
  • Label: Sony BMG
2 41 17
2009 Plain Jane
  • Released: October 13, 2009
  • Label: MapleMusic Recordings


Year Title Chart Positions Album
1996 "God Made Me" 9 Under These Rocks and Stones
1997 "Believer" 31
"Wayne" 20 40
"Surrounded" 9 9
1998 "Hands" 26
"Leaving on a Jet Plane" Armageddon (soundtrack)
1999 "Feels Like Home" 12 Songs from Dawson's Creek
"Before You" 2 4 Colour Moving and Still
2000 "Dear Life" 14
"Souls" 44 70
2001 "Far Away"
2002 "In This Life" 17 What If It All Means Something
2003 "Time"
"What If It All Means Something"
2004 "Weight of the World"
2006 "All I Can Do" Ghost Stories
2007 "Wonderful" 71
"Ghosts of You"
2009 "Invincible" 60 Plain Jane
2010 "The Way"
"Ordinary People"

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"
  • "Invincible"

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 and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days 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 Too? holiday compilation album)
  • "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")
  • "Wild Horses" (acoustic piano "Rolling Stones" cover)
  • "In Waskada Somewhere" (available on CBC Radio 2's Great Canadian Song Quest compilation)
  • "Cruel One" (feat Alex Band, Emmy Rossum - available on Alex Band's album We've All Been There as a bonus song)
  • "Over My Dead Body" (feat Drake - available on Drake's album "Take Care")

Tracks co-written 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)
    • "Slipped Away" (Avril Lavigne/Chantal Kreviazuk)


Juno Awards

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

See also


  1. ^ "Chantal Kreviazuk- "Surrounded" Live on Songwriter's Circle". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Chantal Kreviazuk". Frequency. Fast Focus. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  3. ^ Pretty Broken Credits on its official site[dead link]
  4. ^ "Home -". 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  5. ^ "CBB Exclusive: Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida welcome third son; Introducing Salvador Daniel Maida". Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  6. ^ "Chantal Kreviazuk's Blog - Tour Journal #1". Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Chantal Kreviazuk". Who Do You Think You Are? (CBC Television). broadcastNovember 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  8. ^ searchable database
  9. ^ "June 2001 Gold & Platinum certifications". Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  10. ^ "November 2003 Gold & Platinum certifications". Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  11. ^ "September 2006 Gold & Platinum certifications". Retrieved 2011-03-09. 

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