Lilith Fair: Kreviazuk balances family, careerWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chantal Kreviazuk. In Canada, it seems everyone knows that name. In the States, it’s more likely people recognize the stars she’s written songs for — Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, David Cook.
And she is very OK with that.
“I myself am not in a position to drop everything and go around and promote and support every song I write; I’m a mom now, and I’m trying to balance my career so that I’m with my children a lot and so that I also can still write albums and write songs for myself, too,” Kreviazuk said. “The best way to have that happen is to write songs for other people.”
The singer has three sons with husband, Raine Maida, frontman for Our Lady Peace.
“We didn’t find it completely natural that we were both really in the spotlight in Canada. As a couple, it’s a bit awkward. The fame is great, it’s amazing, but it’s a real lifestyle choice to live in a place where at any given moment you know everywhere you go everybody knows you,” Kreviazuk said during a call from her Los Angeles home.
“We decided that to get sort of away from ourselves, the people in the media, we would create a bit of a safe haven, and we got a little beach house in Malibu, California,” the pianist and guitarist said.
“We just loved it; we were kind of away from everything and it allowed for us to be creative and to love each other and I think develop in those really important years of development, our 20s. And now after 10 years and starting to raise my family a little bit away from that continuing spotlight, where I do go and completely appreciate it, I think I like myself, and I don’t think I would like myself if I was there all the time immersed in it.”
Kreviazuk’s title track from her 2009 release, “Plain Jane,” reflects this lifestyle.
“When my friends are with me, they’re with me; they’re not with Chantal, the singer,” she said. “It’s a bonus if they get the singer, I guess, and it’s a bonus I have that in my life. You know, the plain Jane in me is truly the part of my life force that I have honored and cultivated and I feel really, really, really über rich for it.”
With the hits “Surrounded” and “God Made Me” from her debut and a cover of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” from the movie, “Armageddon,” Kreviazuk took the stage for the 1998 Lilith Fair.
“There is something a little more special about Lilith,” she said. “And I feel really lucky to be part of something that has I think even just an image that is truly about music and about songwriters and about musical talent. I’m glad to be a part of it again.”
Kreviazuk is slated to perform at Lilith Fair at 4:50 p.m. July 21 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
On the web: visit www.chantalkreviazuk.com and click on links for more information.
2:30 p.m. July 21
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tickets range from $15.75 to $105.50
- Sarah McLachlan
- Miranda Lambert
- Chantal Kreviazuk
- Suzanne Vega
- Court Yard Hounds
- Kate Nash
- Jetty Rae
- Vita Chambers
- Cara Salimando
- Melissa McClelland
Lineup subject to change