Is Chantelle Barry a singer turned actress or an actress turned singer?
If you’ve heard her soulful music, or seen her light up the screen, then you know that Chantelle Barry is equal parts of both.
Hailing from Perth, Australia, Barry made her first real foray into show business in 2000 when she won the Australian version of Popstars. One of the prizes for winning the reality show was a spot in the original lineup of the all-girl group Bardot. Surrounded by controversy, Chantelle left the group and then left her native Australia for Los Angeles.
Undeterred, Barry continued singing and writing music. Her composition “You” captured first place in the UK Songwriting Contest. Her ditty “Letting Go” took third place in a songwriting contest sponsored by VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation. And her songs “Better in twos” and “Take a Walk With Me,” were both featured in movies and both nominated for best song at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
The accolades don’t stop there. She was a quarter-finalist in a 15-week music video competition held by Music Nation.
Inspired by artists like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Sade, and Jason Mraz, Barry released her debut solo album, Simple Things, in 2009. The opus contains the aforementioned “You” as well as “Making A Change,” “Look Back,” and a cover of “Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head.” She supported the album with a tour of Australia.
Barry released her second studio album, Songbird, in 2012. She co-produced the work with her songwriting partner, Scott Whyte. The album features the nominated songs “Love Someone” and “Take a Walk With Me” as well as “Fly Away” and “Day By Day.”
You can find both albums on iTunes.
When Barry isn’t on the stage performing or in the studio recording, she’s acting for film and television. She’s appeared in several feature films, most notably Couples Retreat, and numerous television shows including Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, General Hospital, and 90210.
In the near future, look for Barry to play Queen Medea in Kevin VanHook’s film Jason and The Necronauts. She’s starring alongside Casper VanDien.
During her 2006 appearance on Australia’s Where Are They Now, Barry said she wants Australia to love her and embrace her as one of their own. If she continues down her current career path, she’ll be loved and embraced by the whole world.