Audrey De Montigny (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Audrey De Montigny is a Canadian singer. She was born in Sainte-Julienne, Quebec on July 26, 1985. She placed fourth on the debut season of Canadian Idol. De Montigny was nominated for a 2005 Juno Award for her eponymous debut album.
Her career began in 2003, when she auditioned for the 2003 debut season of Canadian Idol. As a Québécoise, she could speak little English, but was praised for her renditions of English songs as she learned quickly during the competition. Her singing and her personality helped her to win a substantial fan base during the competition, and she made it to the top four.
After her stint on Canadian Idol, De Montigny was signed by 19 Entertainment and BMG Music Canada. Her father was her manager, and he sold his home to help his daughter with her career. She released her debut single Même Les Anges on November 4, 2003. The single debuted at #2 on the Canadian singles chart and stayed on the chart for 28 weeks. In Quebec, the single was #1 for 11 consecutive weeks.
In April 2004 her debut album Audrey which contained a mix of French and English songs (mostly French) was released. She sold 35,000 albums. Her second single Dis-Moi Pourquoi was a top 10 hit in Quebec. The album was nominated for a 2005 Juno Award in the category Francophone Album of the Year.
De Montigny separated from BMG and 19E in order to have more artistic control over her second album. Her family started their own label called DEM Musique.
In June 2006 her debut single from her second album Si l'Amour Existe (out September 26, 2006) is being released to radio. It is called Prends-Moi Comme Je Suis
In 2008, De Montigny had laser vision correction with LASIK MD.
Audrey de Montigny had her first international success "Here We Are" (2006) in collaboration with musician Steve Barakatt. The single reached number one on the Top Downloads chart in South Korea. The association with Steve Barakatt allowed Audrey de Montigny to release John Lennon's song "Love" for the Amnesty International "Make Some Noise" project.
As of 2010 she has retired and is no longer pursuing her career as a singer.
In 2012 De Montigny returned to music releasing a single "Aujourd'hui Tout Va Changer" in the summer followed by the release of a new album Un Seul Instant that fall.