In her velvety vibrato, Montrealbred singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin sings about longing or disloyalty, but when she speaks, her every word drips with infectious optimism. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always known I wanted to have a big family,” says Cardin dreamily. “I was so lucky to be raised in a warm and loving household, and I want to live that again in a different way.”
If it seems like there’s a disconnect between her songs and who she is, that’s intentional. “I like putting fiction into my work,” she says. “When you’re onstage, you’re already giving so much of yourself just by being up there, and my songwriting gives me some distance from it all.”
But distance is different from inauthenticity. While it’s empowering for Cardin to get into character to write lyrics filled with sass, humour and subtle declarations of independence, the truth is that she is much more earnest in real life. Just listen: “Love is so much deeper than anything else,” she says. “It occupies your full mind and changes almost everything about you.” —Jess Huddleston
When you’re onstage, you’re already giving so much of yourself just by being up there, and my songwriting gives me some distance from it all.