Crystal Shawanda’s new blues album nominated for Juno award

HAMILTON—Wikwemikong’s Crystal Shawanda has been nominated for Aboriginal Album of the Year, sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, at this year’s JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 15 in Hamilton for her new blues album ‘The Whole World’s Got The Blues.’

“OMG!!!!!! I just found out I was nominated for a JUNO!” Ms. Shawanda posted on her Facebook page on January 27. “So honoured to be in such awesome company with @diggingroots @tanyaTagaq @Leelaygilday and @TomsonHighway! Congrats to all the nominees in all categories, see you all in Hamilton!!!!”

‘The Whole World’s Got The Blues’ is Ms. Shawanda’s fourth album. Her last album, ‘Just Like You,’ won the Aboriginal Album of the Year at the 2013 JUNO Awards. She was also nominated for both the Best New Artist and Country Recording of the Year at the 2009 JUNO Awards.

In 2008, Ms. Shawanda took the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and Aboriginal People Choice Awards by storm taking home the Best New Artist of the Year at the Aboriginal People Choice Awards, as well as the Best Country Album of the Year for ‘Dawn of a New Day’ and Best Single of the Year for ‘You Can Let Go.’ At the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards she also won the Best Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year for ‘Dawn of a New Day,’ Best Country Album of the Year, Best Music Video of the Year for ‘You Can Let Go,’ and Best Single of the Year for ‘You Can Let Go.’

Also nominated for the 2015 Aboriginal Album of the Year award are Digging Roots for their album ‘For The Light,’ Leela Giday for ‘Heart of the People,’ Tanya Tagaq for ‘Animism’ and Tomson Highway for ‘The (Post) Mistress.’

As part of JUNO Awards week, Crystal Shawanda will be performing with her fellow nominees live at The Bay City Music Hall in Hamilton on March 12.

Be sure to tune into the 2015 JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 15 at 7 pm on CTV.