P etronel Baard is a powerhouse voice and songwriter who needs no introduction in South Africa! This Afrikaans cabaret star and recording artist was born in Riversdale in the southern cape of South Africa. After growing up and matriculating in a little town called Villiersdorp, she completed her BA Drama degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1998.
Petronel receive training at the US Conservatory and then from the veteran singer Coba Wicomb (of “Randall en Coba” fame). While completing her BA Drama Honours in 1999 in cabaret and directing, she entered the nationwide Afrikaans singing competition, ATKV Crescendo - then proceeded to win it.
A fter winning the ATKV Crescendo in 1999, Petronel's professional music career kicked off in earnest, and under the guidance of famous SA pianist, Rocco de Villiers, yielded her first album "Lank Al", which was nominated for a SAMA Award as well as 2 Geraas Music Awards. Four more albums followed, displaying her stylistic versatility and her incredible vocal range.
"Déjà vu" and "Weergaloos" were limited edition works launched by a Mossel Bay art gallery and distributed mostly abroad. Her most recent album, "Vonnie", was a collaboration with national icons Min Shaw, Albie Louw and Nico Carstens.