Chantell Alexi has been singing since 2002. As an accomplished singer, she received early training with various vocal coaches and explored many styles including contemporary, classical and blues. At the core of her music, is a strong lyrical sensibility that was developed from a young age. In her early career, Chantell fronted several rock bands and a blues duo ,but by 2012, she found her voice in country music and released the album, Road To Redemption along with three successful music videos. In 2016, her second solo album Leather Holster (written and recorded with guitarist David J Bull) was released. That same year, she signed with CS Management, run by Cameron Syrett, and in 2018, she landed her single on the Australian Country Radio Charts and was nominated for an Award for "Lucky Girl", co-written with Allan Caswell. After performing 'Lucky Girl' at the Southern Stars Country Music Awards night in Mildura, she released a second, and very emotional, single off the same album, "She Lives Through Me" (co-written Linda Mizzi). Her third solo album Forever Changed, was pre-released in late 2019 with an official release for 2020. Her latest single, "Don't Know What I'd Do'" was released, June 2020.
What is your earliest memory of music? And, how did you get started in music?
My earliest memory of music is back when I was about 3 years old and my parents recorded me singing off- key to Heart and Deep Purple, that's pretty much when I new I wanted to be a singer.
What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music?
The first song I ever wrote was a co-write for an assignment at a little Music College I attended just after I left High School. It was called 'Foe' and I wrote it with 3 other musicians in my class. I already wrote song lyrics for years before that, starting in Primary School and into High School, however "Foe" was the first real finished song I co-wrote and it was very exciting at the time.
Do you play any instruments? If yes tell us about it. If not, do you work with a band or studio musicians? Do you produce your tracks or work with a producer?
I play guitar badly (laughs). I actually started learning to play in High School, however I gave it up to focus on my vocals for quite a few years while I was seeing a singing teacher and vocal coaches to master my art. I only just recently picked up the guitar again and am starting to feel more comfortable playing and singing at the same time. I've worked with a lot of very talented musicians who have helped make my music what it is and I aspire to be able to play my songs even half as good as they do, but I have always played a huge part in the creative direction of my songs and recordings.
What is your favorite part about being an artist (performing, recording, writing, playing)?
Definitely writing...it's like a form of therapy for me, I'm always writing. I also have a bit of an addiction to being in the studio recording and creating art.
Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music?
Always stay true to who you are as a person and an artist. A lot of people will try to tell you what type of Artist you should be, but its always more important to be yourself and hold on to your passion.
For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with?
That's a tough one as there are so many different sides to my music but I'd say if you want to hear my fun side first then check out 'Lucky Girl'. If you want to hear my emotional/personal side first then check out 'She Lives Through Me' and if you want to see my dark and creative side first then look up the music video for my song 'The Garden'. You can find all three of those and many others on youtube and my website
Where can fans access your music?