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Chantal Kreviazuk Weathering Controversy

Of the Oakland Press

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Chantal Kreviazuk doesn’t seem like a lightning rod for controversy.

The Canadian-born singersongwriter has released four albums of sharp, literate songcraft and has won two Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammys). She’s also become one of pop’s go-to composers, writing for and with Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, Mandy Moore and Hilary Duff, among others.

But a recent remark in Performing Songwriter magazine about Lavigne’s songwriting skills had the more celebrated singer threatening legal action and Kreviazuk issuing a statement to apologize and retract her statements, declaring Lavigne “an accomplished songwriter.”

At this point, Kreviazuk, 34, says, “I’m over it. It’s very much behind me. I have so many things I’m interested in, so many things I’m doing. There are topics that are more newsworthy and more interesting and far more important.”

And Kreviazuk — whose latest album, “Ghost Stories,” came out last fall — is writing about those, for herself and for others. She and her husband, Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida, field regular calls for material, recently from Celine Dion and Natasha Bedingfield, and that’s given Kreviazuk pause to consider the divide between her own songs and her outside writing projects.

“My most personal thoughts and heartaches and observations are probably going to end up on my albums,” she explains. “But even still, I take a lot of pride in making sure what I contribute to the other artists’ projects is deep and meaningful and have some level of honesty and integrity to it.

“I think people want the same honesty from me that I put into my own (songs). I don’t think I’m ever gonna be the girl that does the bubble gum stuff that’s just fun and easy to listen to.”

Guster and Chantal Kreviazuk perform with Ben Kweller and Bedouin Soundclash at Riverfest ’07 at 7 p.m. Friday (July 20th) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $27.50.-$35. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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