Danielle Hebert
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Danielle Hebert

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter




"Back by popular demand"

Back by popular demand Saturday night at Coffee Gallery Backstage is award-winning French Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Danielle Hebert, fresh from recording her latest disc in Nashville. 
Hebert, who sings in French and English, was exposed to a wide range of music growing up in a musical household in Quebec, where she pulled from diverse influences like Beethoven, Miles Davis, Gino Vanelli, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. 
A listen to some of her songs, like “Dites Moi” and “Zee,” off her 2004 release, “Aventurière Accidentelle,” reveal breezy, percussion-enhanced romps, while “Tourne,” from the same disc, is an introspective, gentle ballad. 
Expert musicianship driven by that incredibly sweet voice proves that Hebert is at the top of her game. 
Joining her Saturday night is percussionist Forrest Robinson and Bo Astrup. Duane Thorin and Soul Rustler open, and Thorin provides backup vocals for Hebert’s show. 

Music starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $15. Call (626) 794-2424. coffeegallery.com
- By John Sollenberger 10/07/2010 Passadena News


If she wasn't so gifted musically, Danielle would surely be writing Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels. The 'Cosmic Chanteuse' who concocted The Alien Suite, an outer space look at our inner insecurities is back with an even more imaginative theme for the album, Aventuriere Accidentelle. Here's the Coles Notes version; A girl is flying across Saskatchewan when a storm crashes the plane, but the prairie has become ocean and as she struggles against drowning she finds herself surrounded by sirens, sharks, sea creatures and Neptune himself. After fainting cold she awakens on a deserted beach where her real adventure begins in the company of forest elves, a giant spider and other monsters under Danielle's bed.
One has to be impressed by the level of sophistication and unbridled experimentation on this disc. Even the alluring cover graphics are exquisitely tasteful and elegant. Danielle and virtuoso jazz clarinetist, Francois Houle must have had a wonderful time with the interludes between the chapters. I also love the little choral flourishes sprinkled throughout the tracks which reminded me of the Wizard Of Oz or some old movie for some reason. The crisp, contemporary percussion treatments on Dites-Moi and the title track are very 'now' and ground the disc in the moment, though at other points, Danielle allows herself to fall back in time to the French chanson-style (Prospere) or the mystic with flavors of Tibetan bowls or bells and other ethnic touches.
The Adventure never gets too crazy for the uninitiated. As I listened I came to appreciate when a familiar but gratifying simple three-chord progression emerged out of the mélange. It's like surfacing to catch another breath before you dive back in. Again, it impresses me that these subtleties can be pre-meditated and craftily designed. I suspect Danielle Hebert's opus is less Accidental than the title might suggest. It is wonderfully inventive and engaging.
- Cal Coat, World Beat Canada

"album review"

Like Sting's softer, French-derived songs blending with the gentle
and sensuous side of Zap Mama, Danielle Hébert weaves a gorgeous
blend of lush, liquid pop dancing with concentrated world music.
Within the plush bodies of sound are the classic songwriting and
acoustic idioms of jazz and classical styles. And wIth her
orchestral, string-like writing informing the layered, interlocking
textures, touched carefully by electronic production and
magnification, this album pulses with a generous, supple,
three-dimensional heartbeat. She will throw open the door to your
heart with only a gesture.


"concert review"

I did dig Danielle as an artist. .. She was very humorous, interactive, and real. She was a person who lived her music... She had depth, and I liked that... her drive and passion left you feeling compensated... With the performance of Danielle Hebert and Jesse Zubot, my ideologies of Jazz were instantaneously evolved... - Andy Court, Lethbridge insider


2010 : D'espace et de Vent, released to French radio
2006 : Paris Is For Lovers, Avalon
2004 : Aventurière Accidentelle
2000 : the Alien Suite
1997 : 50-50



Danielle Hebert is an award winning Canadian recording artist with four self-produced albums to her credit, the fourth is slated to be released within the next six months and one album recorded for the Avalon label.

Her music is very personal, intense and loaded with guitars. Passion for the instrument is an obvious trait over the course of her albums. Her voice will remind you of Annie Lennox, her creative musical explorations of Joni Mitchell and the musical landscapes a blend of Pink Floyd-folk and Loreena Mc Kennit. As Heavy Lenny Bronstein puts it : “Unlike anything today that radio experiences.”

Some of her career highlights: sharing the stage with luminaries such as Robbie Krieger (The Doors) and Kim Mitchell and Daniel Lavoie. She proudly represented BC at the National Arts Center Showcase for British Columbia “Scene BC”, has written music for award winning plays in Vancouver (Lentement La Beaute, Le Perimetre). She has been awarded multiple touring and recording grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Musicaction,  has won a SOCAN best song award for "Le Rire De La Nuit". Her music has been featured in a number of CD compilations, short films, radio and TV shows across Canada.  

Her influences go from the Beethoven symphonies, to Miles Davi , to flamenco music, the Beatles, Harmonium, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Alice in Chains and Tori Amos.  Growing up, he studied classical and jazz guitar.

Besides music Danielle sculpts stone and clay, paints, does graphic design and rides motorcycles.  She spent most of 2010 and 2011 coursing the continent solo on her 750 motorcycle covering close to 30 thousand miles . She lived for 22 years on British Columbia`s West Coast. For the moment she lives in Ottawa.