From the Crow’s Nest | THE SCENE
WHEN BERMUDIAN CANJELAE was in fifth grade, she was
caught singing in the bathroom stall at school.
“I thought I was going to be in so much trouble, but it turned out the
teacher was just mad that I didn’t tell anyone I could sing!” she said.
This was the point at which Canjelae—as she is now professionally known in the music industry—was first discovered. Today she is
featured on Quincy Brown’s single “Sunshine,” which she co-wrote
with artist Reo Cragun. Her resume also includes working with many
talented artists and musicians including Timbaland, T.I. Akon, Chris
Brown, Al debarge, CyHi Tha Prince, K Kamp, Scott Storch, Nico and
Vinz, and Don Corleone.
“It’s always fantastic when you can meet another music lover, espe-
cially when you’ve grown up listening to them,” Canjelae said. “I’ve
learned so much with each interaction, and I consider myself really
blessed to be among the new generation of musicians who make music
for a living.”
Canjelae didn’t recognise her musical ability at first. She considered
herself like everyone else, enjoying Bermuda summers, afternoon bus
rides from school and ironing school uniforms early each morning. She
has been singing for as long as she can remember, but she never knew
she had a talent until she was eight or nine years old.
“In church everyone could sing, so I didn’t think I was any different
from anyone else. Plus, I was pretty shy. I used to lip-sync to the songs
in children’s choir!” she confessed.
Canjelae attended Bermuda Institute, Somersfield Academy and
Bermuda High School. She credits vocals coaches Danny Hill, Dr. Gary
Burgess, Marcelle Clemens and Ru-Zelda Severin as teaching her differ-
ent and important techniques she has since taken with her in her career.
“I love singing my songs because I can share my truth in a way that’s
relatable,” she said. “Music was such a big part of my life growing up.
Songs were so anecdotal. Aaliyah was the big sister who convinced you
to try again, Lauryn Hill and Destiny’s Child were the cousins that told
you how sometimes guys only want one thing and sometimes in the end
all you have is your girlfriends or just you. I watched how Whitney’s
voice would pierce right through to so many hearts and from then on I
Canjelae is currently working on her first solo project, TIDES. She
has written all the songs and hopes it is the very first of many albums to
come. She credits her team and her “sheroes” Traci Ellis Ross, Barbara
Streisand and Beyonce, whose work ethic, tenacity and drive are un-
matched in her eyes. “They inspire me to push the envelope continu-
ously,” she said.
She also finds inspiration in everything from personal relationships
and struggles to conversations and stories she hears and reads. In her
downtime she said she loves bonfires, binge-watching her favourite
shows, painting and hiking. “All in all, I sing because it’s therapy, and if
working through my obstacles and putting those messages of love out
there can positively impact someone, well, then I’ve done my job.”
WRITTEN BY TERRI MELLO
You can follow Canjelae on Instagram @canjelae for the latest updates on TIDES and the single release.
You can also buy Quincy’s song “Sunshine” on i Tunes and hear her on the chorus.