Pop-rock dynamo Avril Lavigne was looking for a change in direction following the multi-platinum success of her debut album Let Go. Avril's urge to try something different led to a songwriting partnership with Chantal Kreviazuk. The pair aligned forces for a number of tracks (including the single "He Wasn't") on Avril's neo-grunge influenced sophomore effort Under My Skin. "Avril wanted a very genuine thing to happen with her next record," shared Chantal in a 2004 interview with Rolling Stone. "She wanted something special that was not going to be contrived, that wasn't going to be the label or anybody pushing her in a direction or setting her up with people, even though she and I knew that she was going to have to humor those relationships once again. She really knew that there was something real inside her that was going to come out."
"Behind These Hazel Eyes" -- Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson recorded "Behind These Hazel Eyes" for her 2004 sophomore album. Clarkson reportedly went to Sweden to work with producers and songwriters. It was there the song started to take shape. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she said the song concerned a "dipstick who completely screwed up and now is unhappy and you're unhappy." At the time she also said the tune almost didn't make the record, but after some lyrical adjustments it was good to go.
Y'know what? Let's stay on the subject of American Idol champs with a Kreviazuk/Maida track in their catalogue. Chantal and Raine paired up with country superstar Carrie Underwood in 2009 to craft a track for the singer's platinum-selling album Play On. The song the combo cooked up together? The relationship drama anthem "Unapologize."
Drake and Chantal Kreviazuk made heads turn in 2011 courtesy of the pair's unlikely alliance on Drizzy's 2011 LP Take Care. The Manitoban chanteuse scored songwriting and prodcution credits for her contribution to the woozy album cut "Over My Dead Body." Astute listeners can also pick up Chantal's vocals on the song. At the moment, their team-up exists as just a one-off, but Chantal's open to a future collaboration. "I send stuff to Drake and I just don>t hear back," noted the singer in a 2013 interview with Global News."One day I>ll send him something and he>ll be like, 'I dig this.> Maybe. I don>t know. We>ll see. You just keep going."
Pitbull & Christina Aguilera
Last year, Chantal Kreviazuk helped Mr. Worldwide score an international smash. The platinum-selling single "Feel This Moment" was a colossal success for performers Pitbull and Christina Aguilera and the track's enormous hook was crafted by none other than the subject of this gallery. "What>s so interesting about it - that one went to the radio and it>s a hit worldwide, but I have the same feeling about other pieces of mine right now. And they>re not flying off the shelves," admitted Chantal in a 2013 radio interview.
Gwen Stefani & Eve
It took an army of songwriters to help construct the 2004 Gwen Stefani/Eve team-up "Rich Girl" and Chantal Kreviazuk featured prominently in that battalion. "I went to meet with (Interscope chairman) Jimmy Iovine," explained Chantal of how her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. contribution came to be. "Jimmy asked if I could write the topline with Kara DioGuardi on a track by Dr. Dre. I wrote the high part. There were several writers involved with this song; there was a rap by Eve, and there was a sample used. I'm indebted to Kara. She called me and made sure I received writing credit on the song."
Josh Groban enlisted Chantal Kreviazuk's services to help him out with a tune for his 2013 album All That Echoes. According to the easy listening superstar, it was a partnership that he was definitely looking forward to. "We've always been sniffing around for the right thing to do," the singer told Billboard of their collaboration on the lead single "Brave." "Tawgs (Salter) and I wrote this melody and she was in the forefront of my mind, so we gave her a couple of ideas and she just flew with it. Tawgs had been playing this riff on a guitar while I was playing on the piano and the first thing I started singing was 'Wake up, wake up.' So from the get-go we felt this was a song about rejuvenation."
Here's hoping Chantal Kreviazuk got a William McKinnley high varsity jacket out of the deal. Lea Michele's debut album, Louder, features a co-write from Chantal on track 3. "Burn With You" is a power ballad partially penned by Chantal. Lea Michele noted in an interview with Teen Vogue that "Burn With You" was actually Cory Monteith's favourite track on the album.
A song that Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida previously co-wrote with/for Pink made its way onto Hilary Duff album in 2007. "Outside of You" also holds the unique distinction of being the only composition on Dignity that wasn't co-written by the Disney Channel vet. "Hilary loved the song and did it, so we didn>t really write with her, but Pink is an amazing writer and I have such a respect for her," shared Maida in a 2007 chat with Torontoist.
Joe Cocker, Mandy Moore, The Veronicas, Miranda Cosgrove...
You may have picked up a pattern aligning each of these slides: Chantal Kreviazuk is a woman with a pretty impressive songwriting resume. Heck, we haven't even gotten to how Joe Cocker, The Veronicas and Miranda Cosgrove have all employed the talented Canadian to assist with some tunes. Mandy Moore's rang up Chantal for a tune and so has M2M star Marion Raven. It's a songwriting CV worth being proud of and we get the feeling that Chantal's got loads more to add to it.