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Corinda's singing and recordings reveal a diversity of her evolving musical style inspired by many genres of music and her life experiences
Corinda was born in Manchester, England, and emigrated with her family to lnnisfail, Alberta when she was five years old. At the age of six she sang her first solo in Canada.
Highlights from Corinda's early life in music include singing at the Provincials (Kiwanis Music Festival) in Alberta and BC (representing Duncan BC, Olds Alberta, and Calgary Alberta), a nomination for Junior Alberta Citizen of the year, and representing Canada to tour Europe with Canadian Youth on Tour.
Theatre highlights include performing the role of Laurey in Oklahoma for The Victoria Operatic Society at The McPherson Theatre, and reprising the role with Central Alberta Theatre 20th Anniversary production at The Red Deer College Arts Centre. She also performed with Story Book Theatre in A Little Bit Of Magic at The Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary.
After working with Ray Griff for two years in the fall of 2002 Corinda Chandler released her debut album "For The Love Of It" (recorded as Cori Chandler). The album was written and produced by Canadian Country Music and SOCAN Hall of Fame artist Ray Griff, and recorded at County Q Studio in Nashville and Night Deposit Studios in Calgary.
The first singles, "Finders Keepers" and "If I Reached You" were released to Canadian Country and Adult Contemporary radio and charted in the Top 100 CANCOUNTRY chart in Country Music News. The subsequent singles released to International radio consistently charted on the European Country Music Association and EMS charts, "If I Reached You" held a Top-5 position on the ECMA top 100 Country Chart. "Finders Keepers" is included on Ray Griff's compilation album "Canadian Country Ladies: Ten Classic Performances".
In July 2002, Corinda performed for The Denim and Diamonds Benefit Concert, in support of Camp Jean Nelson for The Canadian Diabetes Association. This event raised more than $50,000 for the association's Camp Jean Nelson, a camp for children with diabetes.
In 2004, Corinda created "For The Love Of It in support of The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation". This double benefit concert and silent auction raised over $10,000 for the CBCF with support from the Calgary community, and she received recognition from Mayor Dave Bronconnier and Premier Ralph Klein.
In 2013 Corindas began singing acapella at open mics in downtown Calgary .On April 5 2014 she sang a 16 song acapella showcase at Café Koi Calgary
For The Love Of It (the Album) and For The Love Of It in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (the single) are in The Legal Deposit of Sound Recordings Library and Archives Canada. In 2016-2017, Corinda accompanied by Michael on acoustic guitar performed songs from "This Unexpected Love," "For The Love Of It," and released a second collaborative album in November 2016, "Climbing Towers" .
Some of the live performance highlights were the debut of "This Unexpected Love" at Café Koi in Calgary on Jan 2 2016 Café Koi Showcase with Michael Dodds, performing at Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar in support of Fort Mac (25% of proceeds donated to The Canadian Red Cross), and performing at Hotel Arts Raw Bar.
On Aug 13,2016 Corinda, accompanied by Michael on acoustic guitar, returned to Innisfail and sang at Ivan Daines' 40th Anniversary Cowboy Country Music Picnic for the first time since the release of "For The Love Of It" and the passing of Ray Griff and David Brodsky. She was honoured and blessed to sing among some of these legends of country music: R. Harlan Smith, Lacy J. Dalton, Rex Allen Jr., and many friends, for the first time since 2002.
In November 2017 with the continued collaborative effort of Dodds, the third album Hope has been released. Corinda Chandler has chosen songs that reflect her own journey and hopes for the dreams that are still to come for us all with respect for the past and hope for the future.