Clerel plays a third show at 7PM, August 20 at the Barn Stage.
A natural-born vocalist, soul singer & songwriter Clerel nurtured his taste for melody in his coastal hometown of Douala, Cameroon, where he grew up listening to music from his parents’ record collection, which ranged from church hymns and afrobeat to French chanson. As a child, he developed a habit of singing his favorite songs to himself as a way to “listen” to them whenever he desired, an exercise that helped hone his signature smooth tone. Clerel has appeared as a contestant on nationally broadcast reality talent show La Voix, as well as a featured act in the iconic Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Listeners from all over the world continue to fall in love with the young musician’s soulful universe and effortlessly elegant esthetic.
“He’s the discovery of the year in Montreal, […] If this guy doesn’t explode and become a superstar, I don’t know what’s happening.” – Laurent Saulnier, President, Montreal Jazz Fest, in Montreal Gazette