New CMA Member: Chantal Kuegle

New CMA Member: Chantal Kuegle

CMA welcomes its newest member, Chantal Kuegle, who signed up for membership Wednesday, June 12, on the heels of the 2013 CMA Music Festival.

First things first. Her name is pronounced Kyoo-gull; there used to be an umlaut over the “u” when her grandparents arrived in Canada from Germany.

Chantal Kuegle signs up for CMA membership on June 12, 2013. Pictured, l-r, CMA Close Up editor Bob Doerschuk, Kuegle, and Betsy Walker, CMA Manager of Membership and Balloting

Chantal Kuegle signs up for CMA membership on June 12, 2013. Pictured, l-r, CMA Close Up editor Bob Doerschuk, Kuegle, and Betsy Walker, CMA Manager of Membership and Balloting

Why join CMA? “I know that CMA helps its artists,” she said.”It seems like a great organization to get involved with.”

Just 21 years old, she still spends days studying classes at University of Manitoba, and in the evenings she practices and writes songs. She takes a couple of weeks each year to write and record in Nashville.

“Country Music is very honest. It’s about telling and sharing a story and affecting people’s lives,” she said.

She attended CMA Music Festival for the first time this year. “We took in LP Field every night. That was awesome.”

“It seems to make the most sense that I’ll move to Nashville after I graduate. I love it here. Everyone is so nice. It feels like home already.”

For more information, visit her website, ChantalKuegle.com or on Twitter, @chantalkuegle.

Also, being a CMA member has its benefits. One of the greatest is that your membership helps advance Country Music. Several membership categories are available. Become a member today! CLICK HERE

Below are two of Chantal’s tracks, “Never Alone” and “Now That I Get To Drive.”

You’ll also want to check out this video interview with Kuegle by Christian Lamitschka of Country Music News International at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Of note, Kuegle answers Lamitschka’s questions in English as he conducts part of the interview in German.