Name of fanclub: Chantel McGregor US Fans
Year formed: 2014
What is your role in this fanclub (what position)?: I own and operate the above fan club, posting videos, etc. and vetting member requests. We have four admins in the group and over 970 members and growing.
Was there any special reason that led you to form this club/gave you the idea to form this club?: Chantel is a tremendous talent that is an incredibly gifted and virtuoso guitarist and has an angelic voice. In fact, just about everyone that has been introduced to her music are totally blown away and amazed, including seasoned veterans in the music industry. Many people have said that she would “go down a storm” in the U.S, which means will do extremely well. In fact, some fans have said to just have her come to the U.S, they’ll travel to see her. I have shared her music with many people in the Boston area, as well as have had her music played on a few small radio stations, both internet based and FM. Thus, it would make sense for her to start in the northeast, but ultimately to eventually tour more of America over the years.
She owns and is the sole artist of an independent boutique record label, thus a very small team. Our goal is an initial 2-3 week tour in the United States, starting in the northeast. We are looking for her to make inroads in the US market with the ultimate goal of her touring yearly in the US and spreading her reach by utilizing crowd funding as a start. We already have a video for this purpose, and will be posting it in the near future.
What do you like about Chantel: As stated above, her virtuoso guitar playing and her angelic voice. Additionally, the music moves me to no end. When I finally got to see her in December of 2016, spending a week seeing her shows, I alternatively had tremendous awe at her prowess on the guitar, chills in my spine and tears in my eyes at the sound of her lovely voice. She’s such a unique artists, one to be seen to be truly appreciated beyond watching YouTube.
Have you ever met the group/members of the group?:Yes, I know several members of the US Fans page personally. In fact, when I went to the UK, I met several more of them there.
What events does your fanclub do?: At the present time, it is mostly posting to the FB page. Since the connect is divided by the Atlantic Ocean, it is not easy to set up events. Ultimately, I would love to have live feeds of her shows for fans to watch, or some other events. Without a dedicated webpage and logistical support, events would be difficult to realize.
How do you communicate with other members in your fanclub? (FB group, Line, Kakao, etc): For the folks in the group, mostly by way of postings. I am Facebook friends with several people in the group and we will have Facebook chats from time to time on a variety of topics. I know several of them in real life, as well – LOL.
Proximity of members (all from same country/city, etc)?: I am unable to give an exact amount, but I do know that a majority are based all over the US. Many of the group members are from the UK as they are a great resource for videos and pictures. Some are from the Netherlands, Germany and I think some are from Spain and Belgium, as well. Although it is called “US Fans”, she has toured in Western Europe, thus could also be great resources for videos and pictures.
What message would you like to give to Chantel McGregor’s fans around the world?: YouTube can only carry so much of the energy from seeing a musician in a live setting. People have compared Chantel to that of guitarist in the upper realms of virtuosity, such as Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Satriani. However, these comparisons pale when you actually see her perform. Truly a talent that needs to be seen beyond the two-dimensions of YouTube. This is why we have a goal to have her tour the US. Eventually, she may tour worldwide to further her career. If she were around in the mid-70’s, she would have been a superstar in short order. The music industry these days is becoming more and more fractured, plus there is an incredible amount of very good music to be heard, thus it can all get lost in the noise. The goal is to cut through that noise and help this young lady shine.
Official links to all fan club social media: At this point, just Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChantelMcGregorUSFans/