Maria Zubova and “Maria’s Sound Space…” is a regular column for HorizonVU Music. Maria has a passion for music and she likes to communicate about it. Maria is herself a trained musician. She is follows photography, arts, fashion, and travel. Of course, she frequently attends different concerts and rock festivals.
Morning the World! Spring is practically over and everyone is waiting for sunny summer – enthusiastic as never before! But, of course, we don’t forget our best friend-music-so I’m writing about “Songbird”, the new album release from Chantelle Barry. This new release is light and “transparent” for listeners – ideal music for those who want to find their zen and melt in the spirit of spring and freedom. The “Songbird” album brings smiles and a positive mood. I strongly recommend this CD for travelers wanting to enjoy the vibes from summer weather and calm music.
Chantelle is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress. She started her career in music, and since, has (in addition to her music) been very involved in television and film. She has won numerous awards and earned fame in across media. She won POPSTARS Australia in 2000, got 1st Place in the UK Songwriting Contest for her song “You”, Top 5 Finalist in Songwriting Universe “Song Of The Month” contest, a 1st and 3rd place in the Song of the Year songwriting contest and Top 10 in the Music Nation online music competition. More than that, she received a “best song” nomination in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for “Love Someone”!
Her career as an actress is successful, but her heart belongs to music. She released her first solo album “Simple Things” in 2009. Its popularity inspired Chantelle to record “Songbird”, written in Pop-Folk style. The thirteen track album is a mix of brand new, and well-known songs. It starts with “Better in Twos” a song that sets apart the personality of singer and delivers a strong message to listeners of the albums’ spirit and ideas. “Better in Twos” is followed by very light song called “Fly Away” inspiring us to think less about everyday chores and problems in order to follow adventures. One of the highlights of this album is the track “Love Someone”. It’s full of emotions and feelings. This song has been praised by both listeners and critics.
“None of Yours” and “Take a Walk With Me” are very different from each other, but the combination of the two brings about a sense of being complete. The positive wave shifts to the slow, melodic and simply pleasant “Day by Day”. I was surprised by “ Like You Do”. It’s a track that brings a bit of the Pacific islands to mind with sound elements of island guitar and ukulele to spread the spirit of holidays and peace that I personally like a lot. Another track delivering some of the same uplift is “You”- the reggae-style chorus helps us feel the sun even while we’re in our flats and offices!
“Drive” differs from all the other tracks. It is a song with fantastic energy and very melodic sound. Chantelle’s mild voice brings sensitivity and feminine mildness. The last track on the album is “I Remember”. It will melt you to the end. Totally peaceful and harmonious, the song leaves a pleasant footprint in our hearts.
I strongly recommend this album, as well as earlier recordings from this talented musician. For everyone who is looking for summer-style songs with meaning and true quality, “Songbird” is the CD. These songs bring the sun and smiles supporting the holidays. And not to worry, when the time comes, the music will warm you up on a cold winter evening! Enjoy Chantelle Barry’s “Songbird” and if you can catch her live – go for it!
Wow, it’s already the end of the year and I have little to no idea where the entire year went! I guess i do have an almost finished album to show for it though.
Some exciting things happening,…
I just released a Christmas single ‘You Should Be Here’ which is now available on iTunes. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year so writing a song for the season was nothing but fun! The song was produced by Scott Whyte and album artwork by Shawna Savard. I’m giving away a free download as an early Christmas present so just visit my reverb nation page and hit download!
‘You Should Be Here’ will be featured on Women Of Substance Radio this year starting Nov 28th. To listen just visit www.wosradio.com or www.live365.com/stations/breenoble where you can give a thumbs up for my song to get it into the Top 10.
I just found out yesterday that the single has been selected to go into the finals of this year’s ‘The Next Holiday Song Contest’. I’ll keep you posted as well as my fingers crossed.
On a final note don’t forget to pick up a copy of Music Now Magazine with fellow Aussie Laura Wilde gracing the cover. I have a very nice feature in it!
You can pre-order Music Now Magazine Volume 1 Issue 3 now at www.MusicNowMagazine.com
Thanks for all your support. Be safe this holiday season!
Call it fate, good luck, whatever. Our really dear friend Chantelle Barry alerted Phil to the arrival of a a fantastically talented composer, lyricist and performer, Cindy Shapiro. Cindy is currently an artist-in-residence at Cite International des Arts in Paris, where she is composing a modern opera based on the Psyche myth.
When you meet Cindy, you just know all is cool from the get-go. Cindy views the human voice is an extremely flexible instrument, and she seeks to use it as such in her all her work. Her work is emotional, angular, and slightly off.
Cindy is an independent, innovative artist with a rich and varied musical life. She was a part of the seminal NYC art-rock band The Card Game, with world-renowned drummer Pete Zeldman, as well as the popular NYC-based band 2.5D.
In addition to her work as a rock singer, Cindy has toured the world as a neo-classical soloist with Video Games Live, a symphonic show of music from Video Games. As such, she has sung with some of the greatest symphonies in the world, including the LA Phil, the Houston Symphony, and the London Philharmonic, among others. She has toured Japan with the world-class Roger Wagner Chorale, and was a Cantor at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles for six years. She has sung on numerous video game soundtracks, and specializes in ethic singing, in particular Middle Eastern styles.
Chantelle, Scott Whyte and Natalie Moran joined together for a night of concert and festivities for Pinktober® at The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on October 13. Followers of HorizonVU Music know Chantelle and Scott. Natalie Moran, soprano, and a native Southern Californian, is best known for her vocal quality, comedic character roles, and her musical and theatrical dedication. This past spring, Natalie received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where she studied with Shigemi Matsumoto.
Chantelle was on lead vocals, tambourine, egg, and ukulele. It was her ukulele debut! Scott Whyte was on guitar and vocals. Natalie was on vocals. The trio performed two 40 minute sets including Chantelle’s original songs (Take a Walk with me, Drive, Simple Things, Love, Love Someone, You, etc) and the second was all cover songs (All Night Long, Rock with You, Message in a Bottle, Black Horse and a Cherry Tree).
In addition , there was a birthday in the audience, so Natalie sang Happy Birthday in Italian (opera). And if all that wasn’t enough to please ( it was), they took requests from the audience (Wonderwall).
Pinktober®, Hard Rock’s campaign for breast cancer awareness, is in its 12th year. Hard Rock® and a host of musicians join together from around the world around the world for parties, live music events, and the chance to raise awareness and money for local, national and international charities. As well, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Pinktober® apparel and accessories goes directly to breast cancer research. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Caron Keating Foundation are just two of the organizations that will benefit.http://www.hardrock.com/philanthropy/pinktober/pinktober-2011.aspx
It’s been a while so I thought I’d give you a quick catch up on what’s been going on in my world since I’ve been getting a lot of emails on Facebook asking me where I’ve been, lol. Good question!
Firstly, I hope you all had a wonderful summer,…or winter, depending on what part of the world you live in.
My summer was great. I went to London & Paris and made some awesome new friends and contacts. I was also inspired to write a couple new songs which may just make it onto this next album I’m finishing up for an early 2012 release. Happy to announce that David Peters is on board to mix and so far it’s sounding awesome!!
2 really cool song placements have happened-
‘Take A Walk With Me’ which I co-wrote with Scott Whyte is featured on the movie and trailer of a documentary film really close to my heart called “Baby Let Your Hair Hang Down”. The film stars fellow Aussie Georgia Van Cuylenburg and it’s getting some exciting buzz in the film festival circuit. Fingers crossed for continued success. Please check out the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXgBbzjjxl0
Another song I co-write with Scott Whyte has just been placed on the ending credits of the new Val Kilmer western “The First Ride Of Wyatt Earp”. Yay!! The feature is set to release around March of next year. Scott is singing this one (for a nice change) and it has a really cool rural vibe to it. I’ve posted it on my page for those of you who want a preview- it’s called ‘Goodbye Yesterday’.
For those of you who’ve been asking about upcoming shows you’ll be happy to know that I’ll be playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood next month. Downbeat happens on October 13th so save the date and stay tuned for details closer to the time. I do believe it’s a free show and all ages event so that’s a nice plus for all of my not yet 21 friends
Be sure to grab some never ending pasta at Olive Garden if you haven’t already. I hear they’re playing the crap out of that commercial right now but since I’m in it I won’t complain
Keep writing me and leaving comments on my youtube and Facebook. Always love to hear from you and appreciate your support!!
Rebecca Nobrega and “Rebecca’s Creations…” is a bi-weekly column. Rebecca was born in Toronto, Ontario. Her interests which include marketing, design, and of course, styling. She keeps a close listen and watch on the Indie music scene . She loves working and strives for success.
Chantelle Barry is an exceptional Indie/Pop musician from Western Australia who started her career at a very young age. She was well known by
the public when she won Popstars Australia in 2000. She is a singer and songwriter who released her album ‘Simple Things.” She toured in Australia at the end of 2009, featuring a performance on Good Morning Australia. Her songwriting has allowed her to gain first place in the UK Songwriting Contest for her song “You.” Not only is she a singer, but she is an actress. She was known in many movies, some of which were: “Couples Retreat” as the Eden East Shot Girl and Veronica in the movie “Wish.” She is such a talented person in the fields of music and acting, that as she continues in this successful career path, she will reach above and beyond to the goals she has for herself. And she will do this because she embodies determination and confidence.
Being an Indie musician means to be independent and represent one’s self and being who you want to be. Along with having your own style to music, the musician’s personal choice of attire had with it the factor of their own originality. Chantelle Barry has more of a Indie beachy look to her, which can also be seen in her pictures. For many people including newer artists have their set style, but may not have the all the expenses needed. To get this “Indie Beach” look like Chantelle or any look for that matter, it is easy, as it can be done in an affordable way. Though the expenses are a vital factor in creating an image, one also needs to remember confidence. Any look needs to be worn with that and also to what makes you happy. Expression of your inner character is very important.
Now, Chantelle’s look is very simple yet fun. One thing that she does is play with colour! Now being the spring/summer season, colour up your wardrobe and don’t be afraid to stand out! An outfit consists of many parts which will turn into something very flattering. From baby doll tanks to plain or patterned tank tops, it all works. Even a simple cut shirt will do in achieving this look. Off the shoulder tops are very nice too as the way they drape allow for a nice touch. Pretty much any choice of bottom will work. A simple pencil skirt or a teared skirt are great for this look. Any colour or even with a print, they allow for the indie beachy look. A dress does also, as they are versatile and can be worn in many ways whether one likes to dress them or up or down, they are a fun piece to work with and very comfortable to wear. Skinny jeans that are white, light wash, or just a lighter colour fit this look as they too can be worn in many ways. Another piece to an outfit is a jacket. For this look, earth tone vintage leather will add a soft edge to the outfit. A jean jacket with the cuffs rolled will also make it look good. An outfit is not only about the clothing as it is very much about the choice to accessories and footwear. Vintage boots or a simple flat or sandal can be worn with what one chooses to wear. Different styles add different touches. Chantelle in some of her pictures is seen wearing more chunky accessories, like bulky bangles, some of which are different textures and colours. Belts and bags are also an important component. A belt can allow for a change in the look of an outfit, or add that extra umph it need. There are an endless amount of style when it comes to bags, just pick one you like that are complimentary to your outfit and you will see how fast your outfit look great and completed. Vintage accessories and clothing is always unique. It always gives that extra lift to your outfit.
Through that, one is able to achieve that “indie Beachy” look that Chantelle Barry possesses. When going for her image, include your own character and represent your individualism because that is what the best kind of image is-being yourself.
Chantelle Barry is a very talent artist who has a great sense of style. Check out Chantelle’s CD ”Simple Things” and downloads at SHOP HorizonVU Music and be sure to visit her at:
Commenting on singer/songwriter and actress Chantelle Barry, Lionel Richie comments ”long overdue,..the best kept secret on the planet”. We couldn’t agree more. We first came to know her through her music – “You” and “Like You Do” (Elvis-like).
She’s intelligent, talented and strikingly pretty. If that isn’t enough, talking with her is just…fun. You come away from meeting her feeling like you have a real new friend. A native of Perth Western Australia, Chantelle Barry won Australia’s version of POPSTARS, earning a coveted spot in the all-girl pop group, Bardot. The group’s debut single, “Poison”, entered the ARIA Singles Chart at 1, where it spent two consecutive weeks, earning a double platinum certification. It became the sixth highest selling single in Australia in 2000, and was the highest selling single by an Australian act that year. Since leaving Australia, she’s lived in London and now resides in Los Angeles.
Chantelle, thanks so much for taking time to talk to us. It’s such a pleasure to chat with you. We know a little bit about you – we know you are Australian, you left Australia to pursue you music and acting career, stopped of in London and now you are in Southern California. Fill in the blanks a bit if you will…how and where did you start your career in music and acting?
CB: I started singing when I was 5 or 6. I sang in a lot of competitions and really loved being on stage. Acting came later. When I was in my last year of primary school my music teacher who was from California, Mr Mike Leaderbrand wrote a musical based on the C.S. Lewis novel ‘The Silver Chair’ and made me the star of it. I was like “Wait, I can act AND sing at the same time?, I’m in!!”. Mr Leaderbrand was a huge inspiration to me. He taught me how to read music and introduced me to a lot of great music like The Beatles and Pink Floyd. My dad was also a musician and an audio engineer so when I wasn’t at school I had my dad teaching me about decibels and country music. Yep, he insisted that if I wanted to be a good singer I needed to be able to sing country, so I had an eclectic style from a really young age.
I went to a performing arts high school and buried myself in theater. I just really had a passion for learning about different techniques and playwrights and loved the idea of becoming a different person to tell a story on stage. I wasn’t a ‘cool kid’ that’s for sure, but I truly believed that everything I was interested in was cool.
When I finished high school I moved to The East coast (Sydney) to study acting and that’s when I really started to get into songwriting. Then I auditioned for a TV show called POPSTARS. It was a making of the band type show, I made the final cut and the rest is a hop, step and a google click away
How do you describe you music – your sound?
CB: That’s always a tough question for me but I think I’d call it ’singer songwriter/pop’. If I had to do a pitch I’d probably say Sade meets Bruno Mars. Old school meets new school. I have a lot of musical influences and I think they all make an appearance in some song or another.
Tell us a bit about your journey from Australia to LA – were you performing along the way?
CB: And what a long journey it’s been!! I’ve always felt like there was more for me out in the world and I felt a little stunted in Australia- for lack of a better word. So I moved to London first, it was an easier transition seeing that there are so many Aussies in the UK, but after 8 months of cold and writing too many songs about being lonely I moved to sunny Los Angeles CA. I’d visited the states before and since I was a little girl I had dreams of one day living here so it seemed like the natural next step for me to take.
Your first CD, Simple Things…tell us about that…what inspired you to do the CD?
CB: Simple Things was my first album and a really big deal for me. Being in a place like LA, it’s easy to get swept away in all the excitement and
Scott Whyte and Chantelle Barry
opportunity, but on the flip side it’s just as easy to feel jaded and to personalize the daily rejections that this industry deals out. So one day I was sitting in my car thinking about my life and my (at the time) evident lack of money and out came the song Simple Things. People really took a liking to the song and it was the first time I’d written something that organic that didn’t come out of me asking “Ok, what do the labels wanna hear? Would this sound good on the radio?”. It resonated because it came from a real place. So a few years later I met a really talented actor/musician on a movie I was working on, by the name of Scott Whyte. He came out to see me perform one night and once he heard my music he wanted to produce an album for me. At the time he was a first time producer so it was a fun and bumpy ride for both of us. The thing about Scott is that he really got my music immediately. He wasn’t wanting to change my style or put beats to my songs- he just wanted to produce something really organic that showed the songs in their best light. And I think that’s exactly what he did.
Now Scott and I are writing partners and have a song that we wrote on hold for the new Footloose movie. Fingers crossed.
Let”s take a few minutes right now to watch your video, “Letting Go”…
We’ve mentioned the support you’ve gotten from Lionel Richie…tell us about how you came to know Lionel and a bit about the direction he has given you.
CB: I met Lionel years ago when I first moved to LA. His manger at the time was trying to sign me (and get into my pants, but that’s a whole other story) and mid meeting in walks Lionel Richie. I tried to play it cool given that he’s an absolute legend and I grew up listening to him on the radio but I think it was obvious that I was really star struck. We immediately clicked. He reminds me a lot of my dad in some ways so early on we established a fun relaxed relationship, and I always fee like he’s someone I can be myself around and really trust. He’s alway given me the most honest advice in regards to my music and he respects the fact that I’m still here pursuing my passion, and admittedly it’s really nice to have that kind of support from someone as like him. He’s a pioneer in the music business. He’s also one of the most generous people I know- when I told him that I was going to make my album Simple Things he bought me an Apple computer completely decked out with all the music programs that we’d need. We’ve talked about me opening for him one day,…that is definitely one of the most exciting prospects I can imagine.
Do you recall a special moment in your career – that memory that keeps you going even when it’s been a really bad day?
CB: When I was just out of high school I auditioned for big show and got really close on it. My mum flew to Sydney with me for the callback and when I didn’t get the part I was so disappointed, but my mum gave me a huge hug, told me how proud she was of me for getting that far and took me to see Showboat that night. I know that no matter what I always have my family and my friends and they love me no matter how successful i am. That is a constant in my life and that keeps me going for sure.
A lot of our young friends dream of going to LA and becoming a star…Be frank, tell us about what’s it’s like to be part of the LA music scene…the great, and maybe the not so great…?
CB: I always tell people to do it because you love it,..because there’s nothing else you wanna do. For me, when I wake up music’s the first thing on my mind and when I go to sleep it’s still there. There are so many ups and downs (welcome to life),…I get a lot of joy from performing live because I know that my music is reaching people immediately, and I love getting letters from people telling me how they could relate to my lyrics or how one of my songs helped them through a breakup. That’s really rewarding. On the not so fun side often it feels like you’re fate is in other peoples’ hands. Waiting for someone to say “yes” , which could be the one yes that changes your entire life. But I think finding a way to say “yes!” to yourself is key. Approval has to start from within, and I’m still learning that.
You seem to have your finger in a lot of different pots. Do you get much free time to pursue other passions?
CB: I try to stay really busy. Kind of like the concept of throwing a bunch into the air and seeing what sticks, ya know. I recently performed at the NAMM conference at the Sennheier booth and received an awesome endorsement deal with themhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBGJ_dLqO0g . I couldn’t be happier, especially since this satisfies my microphone fetish As a result of that Scott and I made a cool making of video where that showcases my songwriting process from start to finish featuring Sennheiser gear. The company loved the video so much that they’re now going to put the video on their home page. Making the video was fun.
I also just became the face of a new skincare lone called KEVO Naturals (www.kevonaturals.com). I have really sensitive skin and this product is amazing. It’s made from all natural ingredients like certified organic shea butter blended with jojoba and essential oils,..and having a free life time supply isn’t a bad deal!
What’s next for you? We know you are working with Gerry Ceagle…what do you two have planned?
CB: Believe it or not I met my music manager Gerry on Facebook. (I will NEVER talk sh*#t about an online social network again!) He’s managed some really amazing artists, has an impressive career as a radio programmer for many years, and above all he’s a real fan of my music. At the moment we’re shopping to major labels. It’s been a weird time for me because I’m such a proactive person and have a difficult time not being in control of my career (ha, clearly I chose the wrong business), so I had to take a lot of my content down from websites and online stores and haven’t been pursuing the same opportunities that I usually do just because we’re waiting for labels responses. I think the biggest frustration for me is that it seems like major labels wanna find the next big ‘unique’ thing but no-one’s really willing to take the risk on someone that doesn’t sound familiar or like an artist that already on the radio. I trust Gerry though and I trust my own instincts so at this point it’s just a waiting game. Maybe I’ll try to master the art of patience in the meantime
I always have to ask my friends…who is your hero?
CB: I have a couple. Judy Garland for sure. That is a woman who took so much crap from the industry from such a young age- she wasn’t pretty enough or skinny enough or whatever, and she never quit. There was something so beautifully melancholy about her and yet everytime I listen to her singing I feel so happy. What a gift.
My other hero is hands down my mother. An amazingly strong woman who didn’t have much growing up in terms of material wealth, but she has never let her circumstances define who she is. My mum is one of those rare people that lives by example. Not to mention the fact that she made every costume of mine when I performed as a kid and has done nothing but support me and every crazy idea I’ve ever had. I’m very lucky. Oh yeah, and she cooks up a storm!
Chantelle, it’s been a real pleasure chatting with you. Please know you have friends at HorizonVU Music…five stars for you and all the best of luck! Stay in touch!