Chantel is absolutely clear she does not want to be classed as someone who “does 12 bars in A”.
I am barely able to get the next question out before Chantel laughs and says “CD”. She explains that she has only been in a position to own copyright for her own material since about November 2009 and is not prepared to compromise her high quality standards saying “It is probably going to be about 6 months, but I am not going to put something out that is not ready”.
Her focus for now is completing the current tour which has been a fantastic success so far. She tells me that she has a session lined up with Paul Jones for Radio 2 and towards the end of May the gig at the 100 club in London. She says “The focus for now is the tour, put on some fantastic shows, write some songs ...”. So for now, we have to be patient as far as a CD is concerned.
What advice would Chantel give to someone starting out as a musician? “Be prepared to work your butt off! There is a lot of work in it, it's not instant, you can't pick it up and be able to play 10 songs. It takes a lot of time, patience and effort.” Chantel explains that it takes sacrifice and a commitment to make music your top priority if you want succeed. She advises “Play with others, go to jam sessions, play with people that are older, they've learnt their craft, respect that and learn from them – if you want to get respect, you've got to give it”. Wise words indeed.
Back to the sound check, Chantel mentioned a TV show for children called “Zingzillas” - “It is amazing, it is the best kids programme for music, it is brilliant, discusses different instruments, duets etc.”
It is clear that Chantel is very passionate about music, always has been and always will be I am sure. She's achieved a huge amount already and through her live performances is giving a lot of pleasure to a lot of people. Long may it continue!