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Diane Tell

© Myriam Baril Tessier

Born in Québec City, Diane Tell entered the Val d’Or conservatory at the age of six. She continued her studies at the Montréal conservatory and then at CEGEP Saint-Laurent and she wrote her first songs at the age of twelve. As one of Québec’s pioneering female singer-songwriters, she proposed her personal repertoire over the course of her first four albums. She won six Félix prizes before the age of 25: breakout artist, best artist, best album, best song and, twice, songwriter of the year. Several of her songs have become SOCAN Classics and Si j’étais un homme was inducted in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. She earned a MIDEM Award for her album Chimères and a Victoire Award for her album Faire à nouveau connaissance. In 1990, she was chosen by Plamondon, Berger and Savary to play a leading role in the musical La légende de Jimmy. That wonderful experience was followed up by another musical, Marilyn Montreuil, written and stage directed by Jérôme Savary and the Théâtre National du Chaillot, in Paris. Diane Tell not only played the leading role, but she composed the show’s score. Over 300 performances of both shows were presented in France and Europe. Over the past 25 years, Diane has relentlessly toured, written, composed and recorded in Canada, France, the U.K. and Switzerland. In 2018, she will produce her 15th studio album of original material in Montréal. As an independent artist, she owns the phonographic rights of her entire catalogue, she manages her own publishing company as well as producing and financing her albums herself. Also a photographer, she directs the majority of her music videos. Her YouTube channel actually gets 400,000 views per month on average. In her blog Diane Cause Musique, she engages up-and-coming artists by explaining the inner workings of the music industry.

Source: SOCAN