In the fall of 2006, Charlotte Cornfield was 17, confused, and starting her first year at Concordia. She wasn’t living in residence, and music soon became her way of meeting people and getting to know Montreal. By second year, things took off and she found herself performing three times a week, staying out until 3 a.m., and trying to keep up with school. “I wouldn’t say that I ever found a balance – I was going crazy!” Cornfield admitted, laughing.
Cornfield’s raw musical talents are varied and authentic: a unique voice, proficiency on too many instruments to mention, and an undeniable skill for songwriting. Her lyrics are emotionally charged and often deeply tied to a Canadian setting. While songwriting, she said she’ll spin ten songs out of one important event in her life, then work to weave melodic fragments and themes together to create something that she’s happy with.
She has released two EPs: It’s Like That Here and Collage Light, and is currently working on her first full-length album. On top of her solo career, Cornfield plays with a host of other musical acts, including Montreal’s Bent By Elephants. “I’m definitely by nature a person who spreads myself out,” she said, explaining that she is happiest when involved in multiple projects – each brings a different sort of satisfaction.
Having graduated last spring, she’s looking forward to finally being able to focus exclusively on her music and “taking things to the next level.” For her this will hopefully mean the support of a record label as well as a full band to back her up. Catch her performance at Pop before the rest of Canada catches on – you won’t regret it.