Origin: Québec City, Québec
Diane Tell is a Canadian musician born in Quebec City.
As a very young musician, Tell entered the Val d’Or conservatory at the age of six before later enrolling to study at the Montréal conservatory as well as at CEGEP Saint-Laurent. She wrote her first song at the age of twelve.
As one of Québec’s pioneering female singer-songwriters, she proposed her personal repertoire over the course of her first four albums and has won six Félix prizes before the age of 25 in the following categories: breakout artist, best artist, best album, best song and, twice, songwriter of the year. Several of her songs have become SOCAN Classics and Si j’étais un homme was inducted in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017.
She earned a MIDEM Award for her album Chimères and a Victoire Award for her album Faire à nouveau connaissance. In 1990, she was chosen by Plamondon, Berger and Savary to play a leading role in the musical La légende de Jimmy. Following that, she played the lead and composed the score for another musical, Marilyn Montreuil, written and stage directed by Jérôme Savary and the Théâtre National du Chaillot, in Paris. Over 300 performances of both shows were presented in France and Europe.
Over the past 25 years, Tell has toured relentlessly, written, composed and recorded in Canada, France, the U.K. and Switzerland.
In 2018, she produced her 15th studio album of original material in Montréal. As an independent artist, she owns the phonographic rights of her entire catalogue, manages her own publishing company and produces and finances her albums herself. Also a photographer, she directs the majority of her music videos. Her YouTube channel gets 400,000 views per month on average. In her blog, Diane Cause Musique, she engages up-and-coming artists by explaining the inner workings of the music industry.
In May 2018, Diane Tell was elected onto SOCAN's Board of Directors for a 3 year mandate. (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)
Her latest album Haïku, produced by Fred Fortin, came out in 2019.