Harpist and vocalist Janelle Nadeau provides a refreshing approach to the harp. This classically-trained harpist plays a variety of Celtic, Spanish and popular music as well as her own compositions.
Janelle’s experience with co-writing opened new doors for her, encouraging her to use her voice, as well as the harp, to express her music.
Janelle is now branching out with the release of her debut CD, These Roads. The album is a 12-song showcase of Janelle’s passion for harp-playing and singing. Three songs are traditional instrumentals, one is a vocal tune written by Manitoba artist Ruth Moody, and another is a previously unreleased song written by Manitoba music heavyweights Alana Levandoski and Jaylene Johnson.
While this is Janelle's first CD, she is already an accomplished musician. In 2008, Janelle graduated from the Harp Performance Program at the University of British Columbia. She has been touring western Canada and the Yukon for the last eight years with the acclaimed music group Winter Harp, which performs Celtic, medieval, and classical music. She has toured with the Canada National Youth Orchestra, Home Routes and Manitoba Arts Council, performed with the Vancouver Opera and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and even backed up Kanye West during a Vancouver performance.
Janelle is also especially proud of her work with the Health Arts Society, and has done about 200 concerts with them in care homes, hospitals, and palliative care centres. For instance, during one performance, Janelle recalls a stroke victim who hadn't spoken in three years. When Janelle started performing Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, the patient started singing the lyrics.
Janelle was also selected as one of five finalists in the On the Coast region of CBC Radio’s Searchlight contest with her song Leavin’ (co-written with Jaylene Johnson and Arun Chaturvedi).
Home Base: British Columbia
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