Chantel Riley is a Canadian-Jamaican singer, songwriter and actress. In 2011, after attending an open call in Toronto, she landed her first gig playing “Nala” in Disney’s The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany. For this, her first major role, Chantel had to learn the entire play and all of the songs in German. After a successful one year run, Chantel returned home to Toronto and was immediately offered an opportunity to play “Nala” on Broadway. Chantel made her Broadway debut in the summer of 2012, and spent four years bringing this well-loved character to life. While performing on Broadway, Chantel also landed her first film role, playing “Quinella Nickerson” in the critically acclaimed Jesse Owens biopic Race.

Chantel is co-founder of the clothing line Riley&Rose, inspired by a desire to encourage people to celebrate their freedom. Chantel has also made live TV appearances on Good Morning America, The Chew and Home Shopping Network singing songs from Disney’s The Lion King.

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