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.
While he’s spent most of 2020 working on a new collection of songs, Clerel has also appeared on reality TV show La Voix (The Voice Canada), and earlier this summer he took part in the Montreal International Jazz Festival, where he gave a highly acclaimed performance of his original music in front of an audience of over 3000 spectators. Listeners around the world continue to fall in love with the young musician’s soulful universe.
“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