A vein of hard-won wisdom flows through the music of Ché Aimee Dorval, giving her work an uncommon depth and passion. There’s an unflinching honesty to her songwriting that can be entrancing, disturbing and liberating. Framing her words with swirling, dynamic melodies, Ché beckons listeners in and holds them close, wrapping her evocative vocals in distorted guitars and churning rhythms, bringing out the raw immediacy of her lyrics. Her live shows present an intimate yet empowering experience, as she builds up an atmospheric melancholy foundation with her loop pedal, providing the perfect backdrop for her strong distinctive vocals.
Hard work, self-reflection and undeniable talent have helped Ché to find her artistic voice. Growing up in Vancouver, BC, she took inspiration from artists as diverse as Nick Drake, Cocteau Twins, Alanis Morissette and Cat Power. She honed her skills played local club dates and busked around Europe before winning David Foster’s British Columbia Star Search competition in 2007. This led to an appearance at Foster’s yearly charity gala and the chance to write and record in L.A. with hitmakers Greg Wells (Rufus Wainright, Katy Perry) and Kara DioGuardi (Pink, Kelly Clarkson).
Rather than go the mainstream pop route, Che returned to Canada and released her first solo effort, Underachiever (2008). A short Eastern Canadian tour led to her settling in Toronto, where she became part of the local arts scene. Refreshed, she returned to her native Vancouver and caught the attention of legendary Rolling Stones producer/manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who offered her a contract and asked her to sing on his Rolling Stones Songbook Volume 2 album. Che’s rendition of “As Tears Go By” was declared “the coolest song in the world” by DJ Kid Leo on Sirius XM Radio.
As part of Casualties of Cool (her collaboration with the renowned Devin Townsend), Ché has earned a growing international following. They released their eponymous debut album in 2014, followed up by a highly successful UK tour that included a performance at London’s Union Chapel. In its review of the concert, Metal Hammer wrote that “Che was born with the ability to melt hearts with a single syllable.” Che and Devin reassembled two years later for an appearance at Ramblin’ Man Fair in Kent and a music video/interview for the YouTube series Dunlop Sessions.
Working with Devin inspired Che to relaunch her solo career. She supported the 2015 release of her EP Volume One with a 12-date UK tour opening for folk artist Kim Churchill. This confidence carried into the writing and recording of Between the Walls and the Window, her second full-length project. As producer, Che tapped studio veteran Shawn F. Cole (Yukon Blonde, You Say Party! We Say Die!, The Painted Birds), known for his feel for biting pop/rock textures and moody atmospherics.
Meanwhile, Che has been co-writing with in-demand producer Bob Rock (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, The Tragically Hip, Michael Buble) on songs for an as-yet unnamed project. Like Casualties of Cool and her solo work, her music with Rock promises to be bold, edgy and artfully done. The unfolding career of Che Aimee Dorval has been a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she’s collaborated with a formidable list of major talents and found her own identity as an artist. With the release of her new album this September, Che has made good on her early promise in ways even she couldn’t have expected.
“Ché is an absolute powerhouse who can bring real subtleties of emotion and control to her delivery and I can’t praise her enough.” - Spectrum Pulse
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Lords Of Metal Interview
Louder Than War Interview Part 1
Louder Than War Interview Part 2
Casualties Of Cool Press
- Guest vocals on Gordon Downeys (The Tragically Hip) upcoming album.
- Performed live in San Francisco for YouTube series "The Dunlop Sessions."
- Reached #2 on Billboards Heatseeker Albums charts with Casualties Of Cool.
- Charted at #7 in UK Independent Charts with Casualties Of Cool.
- Supported Kim Churchill on a 12 date UK tour.
- Sold out the Borderline in London, UK.
- Sold out Union Chapel Theatre in London, UK and The Savoy in Helsinki, Finland.
- Performed at NXNE and CMW in Toronto, ON.
- Performed with Michael Buble in Vancouver after winning the David Foster Star Search.
- Casualties Of Cool crowd funding campaign reached 500% in 24 hours.
- Opened for Sondre Lerche at The Red Room in Vancouver, BC.
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