Interview – Chantal Preston

We recently had a chance to ask Barrie, ON based artist, Chantal Preston a series of questions based around her upcoming album, Call You Later and much more. Be sure to check out the first single from the album, “Just Wing It”:

Hi Chantal. Thank you for taking the time to talk to us.  Tell us about your background and how you got started in music.

I was born in Winnipeg and raised in the city of Barrie, Ontario. I started writing short stories and poems at a young age, which quickly turned into songs, and soon after realized I had a passion for singing and playing the acoustic guitar. I’ve been playing gigs in venues across Simcoe County since the age of 17.

What style or genre of music do you tend to listen to?  How do you think that identifies your sound?

Growing up I listened to country music, but after high school I started to appreciate a lot of different genres like pop, rock, indie and blues. I will always be a huge fan of country music but as a songwriter I want to be able to go anywhere my heart takes me.

You are a singer-songwriter; what process do you follow, if any, when it comes to a song writing session? 

For me it usually starts with lyrics. That’s what comes most naturally to me.  Sometimes I hum a melody, strum it out on my guitar and then build it from there.

Are there any specific songwriters/artists you would love to collaborate with?

I can think of a lot of people I would like to collaborate with! Chris Stapleton, Brian Adams, Maren Morris, Lana del Ray, Dallas Green, Lee Brice, Young the giant and the list goes on.

What does performing represent for you?

Performing represents the culmination of all the hard work which goes into writing and recording songs. It’s the end result, it’s a freedom of expression, and it’s a huge rush of energy. The minute I set foot on the stage I can see, hear and feel the audience reaction to my music, and that’s the most satisfying part.

Your debut EP Call You Later drops on October 21st.  What are your expectations for this release and what do you hope fans will take away from the songs?

I am very proud of this EP, not only because is it my first one but because I’ve learned so much in the process of recording it. My expectations are to gain a bigger fan base, and to be able to tour from coast to coast. I hope listeners enjoy the songs on the EP and take in the fact that they were all based on my real life experiences.

Any shows planned?

YES! I plan to play as much as I can across Canada to support the EP. I will be updating my website regularly with live dates, so check out for more information.

At Canadian Beats, we love to include a fun get-to-know-you section:

Which song or CD do you play on repeat?

I’m always listening to a lot of different genres of music. At the moment I’m listening to a lot of the Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Kaleo and Hozier. I’ve also been studying a lot of older country and I recently picked up come used CD’s of LeAnn Rimes, Dolly Parton and Allan Jackson.

The least likely place/situation an idea for a song came to you.

A song idea came to me this past weekend when I played at a bar in Barrie. I was having a conversation with an old friend and something we talked about made me think of an idea for a song. This really made me think about how I should be more aware of my conversations and surroundings because song ideas can come from anywhere.

Last road trip to see your favorite artist?

I drove to Toronto to see ‘Young the Giant’ with some friends from Barrie. I truly fell in love with Jacob Tilley’s voice, and the lyrics he brings to his songs really inspired me.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I have a huge passion for natural horsemanship. My dream is to have a hundred acres and a barn full of horses someday in the future.  I’ve always enjoyed riding, but training green horses is such a different experience and it’s something that I truly love.

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