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Lennie Gallant, CM (born in Rustico, Prince Edward Islandmarker) is a Canadianmarker singer-songwriter. His music crosses into the folk, Celtic, rock and country music genres.

Origins

Lennie Gallant was born in Rustico, Prince Edward Islandmarker, Canadamarker. Both his parents sing and his sister is an aficionado of the violin, and his brother Danny forms part of the band Big Tilda. He received his first guitar as a gift at age 13 and wrote his first song in the same year. Gallant performed alongside his family at many community fundraisers as he was growing up. During his teens he participated in a number of bands and duos playing Celtic and folk rock. Alongside his music, Gallant has held a number of jobs and been involved in social activism in the Middle East and Latin America. He draws upon these experiences for his song-writing. Lennie Gallant finds inspiration for his songs in the sea, male-female relationships and times of crisis. Three of his four grandparents’ first language was French, and although Gallant did not hear much French growing up, he has reconnected with these roots through touring and has become one of the foremost proponents of Acadian music.

Style

Gallant calls himself a “Neo-Canuck” and although his style transcends classification, Celtic, folk, rock, and even a touch of cajun and country are the most obvious influences in his music. He is known for his deeply moving lyrics that speak of desperate times, and for customizing his performances to suit an audience; performing in French, English or both, and for urban, rural, young or old.

Awards

Three Juno Award Nominations:

2007 - Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo for “When We Get There”

1992 - Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year

1992 - Country Male Vocalist of the Year



Lennie Gallant has won to date 15 East Coast Music Awards, and received 37 nominations.



- Album and Artist of the Year for “La Vent Boheme” Gala Prix de Etoiles

- SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for “Peter’s Dream”

- Order of Canada 2003



Gallant has also been commissioned to write theme songs for:



- Halifax’s 250th anniversary; sung by a 2000 voice massed choir on the MacDonald Bridge spanning the Harbour.

- “History is Happening Now” was sung in a live global broadcast from PEI during the Millenium New Year’s Eve Broadcast.

- “Land of the Maya” written for Oxfam

- “Acaadie de nos coeurs” written for the 1st Acadian World Congress

- co-wrote the Pier 21 National Theme Song.



Discography

Albums

Year Album CAN
1988 Breakwater
1991 Believing in Better
1994 The Open Window 72
1997 Lifeline
2000 Lennie Gallant Live
2002 Le Vent Bohème
2005 When We Get There
2009 If We Had A Fire


Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC CAN
1991 "Is It Love I Feel (Or Courage I Lack)" Believing in Better
1992 "Man of Steel" 34
"The Cry for Love" 44
1994 "Believing in Better" 75
"Which Way Does the River Run" 32 9 95 The Open Window
"Embers" 26 58
1995 "Peter's Dream" 74 29
1998 "Meet Me at the Oasis" Lifeline
2005 "I Want to Save the World for You" When We Get There
"The Innkeeper"
2007 "47 Angels on Her Front Lawn"


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