‘Side Dish’ With Songbird Chantal KreviazukDecember 2, 2014
By Amber Ryland
Chantal Kreviazuk is a Multi-Platinum selling, Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter who you probably remember from hits like “Leaving On A Jet Plane” and “Feels Like Home” — and the 40-year-old songbird just took center stage on Saturday Night Live to perform her collaboration with Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar for their track “Pay For It,” and released a touching lyric video for the organization Kids Help Phone with famed director Thomas Cobb.
Chantal has a huge resume of hits over her career and has written #1 hits for artists such as Kelly Clarkson (Walk Away), Drake (Over My Dead Body), Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani (Rich Girl), Pitbull and Christina Aguilera (Feel this Moment).
Chantal was kind enough to have some fun with Dish Nation during our Side Dish Q&A in which she answered 10 random questions. Check it out below!
Q – If you had an elephant, where would you hide it?
A – In my Nissan Leaf electric car
Q – What song is the most played on your stereo and which is the most potentially embarrassing?
A – Tough question. Anything Radiohead. Anything the Beatles. Embarrassing? No song is too silly. We have no shame! “Trumpets” and “Shake It Off” have been pumping out of the car stereo a lot lately!
Q – If you had one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
A – Peacemaker. I’d stop wars. At the home level and at the world stage level.
Q – What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
A – Last night I dreamt that my husband was my grade school French teacher back in Winnipeg and I was in trouble because I didn’t know my vocabulary.
Q – If you didn’t need to eat or didn’t need to sleep, which would you choose?
A – Lord knows I love my food. But I am a sleepaholic! I would choose sleep over food for sure!
Q – What’s your favorite lunch dish and which food do you despise and why?
A – I hate smoked salmon and actually anything smoked. I am not sure why but I simply cannot acquire a taste. My fave lunch dish is penne with hard boiled egg and Rao’s Arrabiatta sauce- very Calabrese of me!
Q – Do you have any phobias and what have been some of the repercussions?
A – I am scared of heights. The other day, I had a meet and greet and photo opp/after show party on the balcony of the theater I played in. I felt sick and dizzy and had to yell above the white noise that the photos had to be taken fast and I had to go. It was slightly embarrassing. Having said that, I fly all the time and have zero problems with air travel. I used to get petrified of turbulence and then one day I decided it was too exhausting to be scared so I quit in a moment. For good.
Q – How do you relax and how easy do you find it to let go?
A – I don’t know if I ever relax until I hit the pillow. But I seek meditative types of activities like knitting and hiking and yoga and the most relaxing thing in the world for me is laying down on the ground with my 15-year-old pooch and having a sweet cuddle.
Q – If you could be anywhere and with anyone right now, where and who would it be at this very moment?
A – I would love to be in the classroom with my kids… I always miss them when they are at school and every time I go into the classroom I am so blown away by the amazing things they say and do and take part in. I always think that I must be missing so much when I drop them off in the morning and I imagine the life they carry out there that I am not a part of.
Q – Tell us about your latest single “I Will Be” and what this passionate song means to you?
A – I think that people can be hard on each other and we just don’t see each others hearts and pain and suffering. The song is meant to offer some support and kindness and it is a wish for other human beings’ peace and protection and for their stress to be alleviated some. It’s a moment of unabashed compassion and selflessness.