“She looks sweet... but I think she could kill you.”
— Sammy Horner (The Sweet Sorrows)
Nurtured by a background in classical music and the Great American Songbook, Chantelle Constable’s supple soprano voice has taken her from studio to stage, from Kansas City to Atlanta to Budapest to Salzburg, from a 900-year-old church in Dobřichovice, Czech Republic, to starring as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.
Chantelle currently performs as the vocalist and Roland D-5 manipulator for cinematic synth rock band Echopod (“Artifacts” released November 2015) and as one half of the beguiling Americana duo Hotel Gypsies.
Her most recent solo studio recordings have been a collection of classic show tunes, a set of Frank Sinatra covers in honor of his birthday centennial, and an EP of original songs in the singer-songwriter vein of Fiona Apple and Jennifer Knapp. Chantelle has embarked on an ongoing project of bringing songs from 100 years ago to life for a modern audience. The first EP, working title "Songs of 1916," is expected to release later this year. As a solo artist, she is presently writing her own catalogue of noir folk and dark cabaret songs as well as developing an ever-expanding repertoire of pop standards, from Broadway to Laurel Canyon.
In addition to delighting audiences with her turn as Fanny Brice in Manhattan Arts Center’s 2012 production of Funny Girl, she has lent her musical skill and natural stage presence to productions of West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, The Mikado (Pitti-Sing), and most recently, as Toby in Sweeney Todd. (Chantelle has also been involved with productions of Hair and Spring Awakening.)
Chantelle resides in Manhattan, KS, with her husband (and bandmate) Justin, their three cats, too many books, and a massive “tomato jungle” in the backyard.
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)