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Chantel Williams was born on 10 October 1974, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and is the youngest of 5 children. From a very young age of 4 years old, Chantel loved to entertain her family and friends through her singing.
Growing up with hillbilly music, she soon became familiar with songs of hillbilly Legends like, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton...just to name a few...and that is how her love for hillbilly music was born. In October 2008, Chantel got married to her husband Henco Barnard, and has a son, named Clarence.
Chantel started singing with various bands as from the age of 15 years old. After finishing High School she moved to Pietersburg for two years to pursue her singing career, where she won two singing competitions, one local, and the other a nationwide singing competition, and ended up as the winner of the Pietersburg region. In 1995, she was the lead female vocalist for the band '8 IS ENOUGH', in Port Elizabeth, where they entered a competition 'THE ON THE GO SHOW'.
Their band won the competition in their catagory, winning 4 prizes, 'Best Keyboard Player, Best Base Guitarist, Best Vocalists, and the Grand Prize of being the overall winners. In 2003 Chantel recorded her first album, 'MAMA HE'S CRAZY'. She went on tour, doing shows, all over South Africa, promoting her album. her second album was recorded in 2009, 'TWO SPARROWS', again promoting her album by singing at Music Festival, and Country Shows etc....
She finished her third album 'MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY' in January 2012, being her first album with original songs, which the songwriter and singer TONY RIDGWAY has written and produced.
Chantel had the opportunity and priviledge to share stages with South African Hillbilly Legends, Lance James, Barbara Ray, Bobby Angel, Billy Forrest, Jody Wayne, Matt Hurter etc.