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Giselle Minns

Ensemble Director: Singer-Songwriter; Performance Instructor: Singer-Songwriter, Classical, Popular Voice

“My name is Giselle and I am a Professional Music Motivator. I motivate and inspire you to achieve your musical and career goals through mentorship, education and public speaking. I have spent over 15 years performing on stages across the world. I am also a multi-award winning performer and singer songwriter. At Carleton University in Ottawa, I am a performance instructor and the director of the Singer-Songwriter Ensemble. I have been a successful manager and acquired my artist over $70,000 in grant money, saw through the whole process of releasing their debut album, placed them in high profile industry showcases and arranged one-on-one personal meetings with the heads of A&R at Sony and Universal.”

Giselle is a published writer, and a multi award winning singer, singer-songwriter and pianist. Her work includes performances with artists such as Jose Carreras and the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Radio 2. She has appeared on Canadian Radio (CBC) and British Television (BBC), and won Talent Rock’s 2005 Top Female Vocalist Award, where she performed live on U.S. Television. She appeared on Canadian television in 2006 for the CTV Network where she was interviewed and performed one of her songs live. She was nominated for the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards and the 2007 Ontario Independent Music Awards, and was a winner in the 2007 Billboard Songwriting Contest. Giselle is a 2008 Song of the Year Finalist, a 2008 West Coast Songwriting Honorable Nominee, a 2008 100% Songwriting Finalist, and won a 2008 Ontario Independent Music Award and a 2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Music Award. She also received a 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Honorable Mention, a 2009 West Coast Songwriters Honorable Mention and two 2009 Billboard Honorable Mentions and she was nominated in the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards, a 2011 West Coast Songwriters Genre Winner and received a Song of the year, Best Pop Song – Runner Up in 2016. She also released her multi award winning debut classical crossover album Turning Circles in 2008. Marquis Records under EMI Canada released one of Giselle’s songs worldwide called “The Key” on “Katya’s” album titled “Moonlight” in September, 2014. Giselle is also the brainchild and previous co-director of MusikOttawa, a JUNO Award adjudicator, and a Jurist for FACTOR.