Prairie-bred popster Chantal Kreviazuk is a woman on the verge. And though the tumultuous, operatic loops and whorls of her earlier albums—1997’s breakout Under These Rocks and Stones, 1999’s Colour Moving and Still and 2002’s What If It All Means Something—might lead you to believe she’s wracked by demons, the musician’s struggling with a much more grounded dilemma. “My nanny’s stuck in Washington,” she says, laughing, “and my kids seem OK now, but I might have to hang up and deal with them. Life comes first.”
She may have made it past the famous sophomore slump but, on the eve of the release of her fourth album, Ghost Stories, Kreviazuk is facing a whole new era: life as a touring rock ’n’ roll mom. Besides balancing work and two kids, she and husband/Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida (who produced Ghost Stories) have also collaborated with artists such as Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson.
Kreviazuk’s own signature melodies are still alive and kicking in her new material (“When people try too hard to reinvent themselves, it [can] sound too forced,” she insists), along with the trademark piano trills, but they’re matched with globally inspired rhythms. Kreviazuk’s lyrics also reach beyond personal dramas, addressing the day-to-day tragedies that occur on a worldwide scale. This fall, she will kick off the album by performing at the One X One gala in Toronto—a nonprofit devoted to improving the lives of children worldwide.