In previous years, Chantel stepped out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity. Since then, she has built a loyal and growing fan base who follow her every move.
If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in her career, Chantel was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on two of his UK tours.
Over the last few years, Chantel has received great reviews of her 5 albums, the last 2 being released during the 2021 Covid lockdown. The ‘Shed Sessions Volumes 1 & 2’ were recorded at home and mixed by Wayne Proctor of Superfly Studios due to the pandemic. They were born out of a weekly livestream which Chantel performed throughout lockdown.
Over lockdown, as well as the 2 albums, Chantel released a rock cover of ‘Stupid Love’ by Lady Gaga and had a track on ‘Gumbo Blues, a tribute to Dr John’, both through Cleopatra Records in the USA. She also released the single ‘I Will See’, which she co-wrote and recorded with David ‘Nova’ Nowakowski (Scars on 45).
Chantel is writing for her next studio album, and is debuting some of the new tracks on her tour which, is taking place throughout the UK. These are one off shows not to be missed.
Chantel stated, ‘I’m over the moon to be back out on tour again, the last couple of years have been incredibly tough for everyone in the music industry and it’s just so wonderful to be able to play live music in front of great crowds once again’.
The Bristol-based singer, songwriter and bandleader has powered her way to the forefront of the British blues and roots scene in recent years, and the tale of the tape just gets more impressive by the month. A relentless touring schedule throughout 2018/19 included tours with Grammy Award winning Mike Farris, Kris Barras and Martin Harley, with her own headline tours of the UK and Europe making people sit up and take serious notice.
She has also moved her way up the festival listings, becoming a featured artist at key festivals throughout the UK and Europe including Black Deer, Swing Wesplaar, Ramblin Man Fair & the Great British R&B Festival, not to mention slots at Nashville's Americana Fest 2019. And 2021 just got better, with mainstage and headline slots at Red Rooster. Cheltenham Music/Jazz Fest, Basel Blues, Love Rocks, British Country Music Festival, Chagstock and Uckfield Blues.
In 2022 Elles continues to play prestigious events, including Joe Bonamassa's 'Keep the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise' in August.
And the awards keep on coming. After picking up numerous gongs at The UK Blues Awards, UK Americana Awards and European Blues Awards in recent years, she has recently been nominated once more as the ‘Blues Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2022 UK Blues Awards.
2022 also sees the eagerly-awaited third album ‘Shining in the Half Light’, which signals yet another significant step forward in a career already feted with awards and acclaim generated by her two previous studio sets, 2017's Wildfire and 2019's Road I Call Home. The difficult ‘third album’ scenario has proved not to be an issue for Elles, with the new offering attracting positive reviews from respected muso journalists and fans alike. Indeed that fan base just keeps on growing as the Bailey Midas touch continues to impress all in her path.
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