“She looks sweet... but I think she could kill you.”
— Sammy Horner (The Sweet Sorrows)
A songbird native to the Flint Hills, Chantelle Constable is an enchanting vocalist and multi-faceted songwriter. She stretches her wings as keyboardist/lead singer for cinematic synth rock trio Echopod, and as one half of the beguiling folk duo Hotel Gypsies.
Chantelle took flight in 2012 starring as Fanny Brice in the Manhattan Art Center's production of Funny Girl, and since then lent her musical skill and natural stage presence to productions of The Rocky Horror Show, The Mikado (as Pitti-Sing), and most recently, as Toby in Sweeney Todd. Other theatre credits include West Side Story, Hair, Spring Awakening, and Evita.
With her soaring soprano voice, Chantelle has delighted audiences from Kansas City to Budapest. Her repertoire includes showtunes, pop standards from the 1910s through the 1970s, classical art songs, and murder ballads. Not to mention her own original songs, which are in a theatrical folk style, inspired by powerful female singer-songwriters such as Jennifer Knapp, Fiona Apple, and Sarah Slean.
Chantelle's passion project is recording 100-year-old songs, bringing them to life for a new audience. The first album, "Songs of 1916" is available now, with further years' releases currently in progress!
About My Music
My inner muse is a librarian. Right now, I'm surrounded by books on... ancient civilizations, paganism, English gardens, the French Revolution, the music industry, coding, linguistics, neuroscience, and so much more...
I have always had a dream of writing music that sounded like Jane Eyre, or Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Not as in a film score, but music that actually belonged in the book. Dark, eerie, brooding, soaring violin and moody piano.
Musically, I draw my inspiration from modern girl-rock songwriters like Jennifer Knapp and Fiona Apple, songstresses like Sarah Slean and Charlotte Church, and my love of classical and theatre music. Imagine the gloom of Lana Del Rey meets the melodicism of Tori Amos - with a dash of gothic chanteuse Jill Tracy.
I am always writing new songs, and I confess I bounce around between genres sometimes. (I love the electro-swing stylings of Caro Emerald, and have a set of neo-burlesque songs in the pipeline.) So keep your ears open -- for new music and for that rustling just behind you...
2013 interview with ClassicalCrossoverMagazine.us
“As Fanny [Brice], Chantelle Constable is unsinkably, unstoppably splendid... Every line, every move, every note, she’s there lighting it up. ”
— The Manhattan Mercury (2012)