Audrey De Montigny

Audrey De Montigny is a Canadian singer. She was born in Sainte-Julienne, Quebec on July 26, 1985. She placed fourth on the debut season of Canadian Idol.[1][2] De Montigny was nominated for a 2005 Juno Award for her eponymous debut album.

Audrey De Montigny
Born26 June 1985 (age 33)
Sainte-Julienne, Quebec, Canada
Years active2003 – 2013
Labels19 Entertainment/BMG (2003-04)
DEM Musique (2004-2010)


Her career began in 2003, when she auditioned for the 2003 debut season of Canadian Idol. As a Québécoise, she could speak little English, but was praised for her renditions of English songs as she learned quickly during the competition.[3] Her singing and her personality helped her to win a substantial fan base during the competition, and she made it to the top four.[3]

After her stint on Canadian Idol, De Montigny was signed by 19 Entertainment and BMG Music Canada.[3] Her father was her manager, and he sold his home to help his daughter with her career. She released her debut single Même Les Anges on November 4, 2003. The single debuted at #2 on the Canadian singles chart and stayed on the chart for 28 weeks. In Quebec, the single was #1 for 11 consecutive weeks.

In April 2004 her debut album Audrey which contained a mix of French and English songs (mostly French) was released. She sold 35,000 albums. Her second single Dis-Moi Pourquoi was a top 10 hit in Quebec. The album was nominated for a 2005 Juno Award in the category Francophone Album of the Year.[4]

De Montigny left BMG and 19E in order to have more artistic control over her second album. Her family started their own label called DEM Musique.

In June 2006 her debut single "Prends-Moi Comme Je Suis" from her second album Si l'Amour Existe (out September 26, 2006) was released to radio.

De Montigny had her first international success "Here We Are" (2006) in collaboration with musician Steve Barakatt. The single reached number one on the Top Downloads chart in South Korea.[5] The association with Steve Barakatt allowed Audrey de Montigny to release John Lennon's song "Love" for the Amnesty International "Make Some Noise" project.

In 2012 De Montigny released the single "Aujourd'hui Tout Va Changer" which went to number six on the charts followed by the release of a new album Un Seul Instant that fall. The second single from the album "De Toi Je Rêve" peaked at number two on the Francophone charts.[6]

After 2012, she retired from music and transitioned to a full-time career in real estate in Montreal.[7]

Performances on Canadian Idol



  • Audrey (April 2004)
  • Si L'Amour Existe (September 2006)
  • Take Me As I Am (December 2006) (Asian Release) (May 2007 - Canadian Release)
  • Un Seul Instant (October 2012)


  1. "Même Les Anges" (2003) #2 CAN
  2. "Dis-Moi Pourquoi" (2004)
  3. "Don't You Say Goodbye" (2004)
  4. "Prends-Moi Comme Je Suis" (2006)
  5. "Jardin Oublié" (2006)
  6. "Here We Are" (2007 Korean Release)
  7. "Take Me As I Am" (2007 Korean Release)
  8. "Dans Ma Camaro" (2009)
  9. "Aujuord'hui Tout Va Changer" (2012)
  10. "Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes" (Christmas 2012)
  11. "De Toi Je Rêve" (2013)
  12. "Le Mal" (2013)


  • Canadian Idol: Greatest Moments (2003)
  • Girls Night Out: 3 (2004)
  • Instant Karma: The Complete Recordings (2007)


  1. ^ Jagodzinski, Jan (28 July 2005). Music in youth culture: a Lacanian approach. Macmillan. p. 166. ISBN 978-1-4039-6530-1. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  2. ^ Nowell, Iris (28 June 2004). Generation deluxe: consumerism and philanthropy of the new super-rich. Dundurn Press Ltd. pp. 71–72. ISBN 978-1-55002-503-3. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b c The Canadian Press (10 October 2003). "Failed Idol plans bilingual album". Toronto Star. p. F13.
  4. ^ "Juno Awards Database". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  5. ^ Gaudet, Agnès (21 January 2007). "Audrey de Montigny et Steve Barakatt: Un duo vedette en Corée du Sud". Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Audrey de Montigny, " Aujourd'hui, tout va Changer " : déjà un succès radio retentissant! | QuébecSpot Média". Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  7. ^ Gendron-Martin, Raphaël. ""Il me fallait un plan B"". Le Journal de Montréal (in French). Retrieved 2018-04-18.

Audrey () is an English feminine given name. It is the Anglo-Norman form of the Anglo-Saxon name Æðelþryð, composed of the elements æðel "noble" and þryð "strength". The Anglo-Norman form of the name was applied to Saint Audrey (d. 679), also known by the historical form of her name as Saint Æthelthryth. The same name also survived into the modern period in its Anglo-Saxon form, as Etheldred, e.g. Etheldred Benett (1776–1845).

In the 17th century, the name of Saint Audrey gave rise to the adjective tawdry "cheap and pretentious; cheaply adorned" (after a fair of St. Audrey where cheap lace was sold). As a consequence, use of the name declined, but it was revived in the 19th century. Popularity of the name in the United States peaked in the interbellum period, but it fell below rank 100 in popularity by 1940 and was not frequently given in the later half of the 20th century; Audrey was the 173rd most common name for females in the United States in the 1990 census. Its popularity has again been on the rise since the 2000s, reaching rank 100 in 2002 and rank 41 in 2012. It was also ranked in the top 100 most common names for girls in France, Belgium, and Canada in the 2000s.

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The show began with a cross-Canada tour in which singers audition in front of four judges: Jake Gold of Toronto, Sass Jordan of Montreal, Quebec, Zack Werner of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Farley Flex of Ajax, Ontario. Eventually the performers were narrowed down to 10 finalists (11 in season one due to a near-tie), with each competitor performing live. Viewers had two hours following the broadcast of the show to phone in their votes for their favourite competitor. On the following night's episode (live again), the competitor with the fewest votes was sent home. After the final two perform, viewers had more than two hours to vote. The next day (five days later in season 4; two days later in season 6), the competitor with the most votes was declared the winner. The show was taped at the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto, Ontario.

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Juno Awards of 2005

The Juno Awards of 2005 were held 3 April at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba and were hosted by comedian Brent Butt. Avril Lavigne and k-os won three awards each, while Billy Talent and Feist won 2 apiece.

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Steve enjoyed many challenging musical experiences from an early age, including that of guest soloist with l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec when he was 13. When he was 16, Steve became fascinated by composition, arranging and production. He studied the new technology available and soon mastered all the intricacies of music programming. So much so that the Japanese firm Roland invited him to present their new products at the 1992 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

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