Growing up in White Bear First Nations
Sometimes the path to a dream weaves and winds a bit more than we’d like! Always the journey is a rather large part of the story though, and my winding road is no exception. Growing up an Alberta farm kid, I had the privilege of taking part in everything from daily chores with the cows, Sunday afternoon drives to check the fields, planting and growing a garden (or at least running through the corn stalks and picking potato beetles), and spending a lot of time outdoors. Life wasn’t rushed any more than the seasons dictated, and I relished that fact. It felt integral to who I was, and with each passing season, I felt more alive.
Growing up in White Bear First Nations, I have been performing for 20 years around the area and parts of the United States. I’ve experienced high points, like performing the national anthem for CFL games in Saskatchewan, and I’ve experienced low moments as well, like being bullied and taking refuge in addiction. I have gone from living the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle to being a single mother to my beautiful son, Gabriel. But, let’s back up to the beginning, where music first circulated through my soul.
When I was in kindergarten my teacher, Ms. McDonald heard me singing “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid movie and recommended to my mom that I get singing lessons. My teacher gave my mom the name of a music teacher, Shirley Dahlgren, who surprised us with the amazing gift of free music lessons. I went on to compete in the Redvers & District Music Festival at an early age. I was also granted a free trip to the Munster choir camp, where I was taught all levels of vocal training and exercises. I went on to compete in two Saskatchewan radio competitions. After winning, I was able to record my singles, “Bring It On” and “Vulnerable.”
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