Award-winning country music singer / songwriter Crystal Shawanda has been nominated for “Aboriginal Album of the Year” at the 2013 Juno Awards held in Regina, SK, Canada on Sunday, April 21, 2013. The Juno Award for “Aboriginal Album of the Year” is an annual award presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for the best album by a Canadian aboriginal person.
“It’s so exciting to be a part of Canada’s biggest night in music! I’m honored to be in the company of so many talented artists,” says Shawanda. This is Shawanda’s third Juno nomination.
Prior to attending the Juno Awards, Shawanda will perform at the Nike N7 Sports Summit at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon tonight. Nike N7 is Nike’s commitment to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the USA and Canada.
Says Shawanda: “I’m so honored to be a Nike N7 board member. It’s been amazing to watch it evolve over the past 5 years! Nike N7 has become a full-fledged line, now carried in select Foot Locker stores, across Canada and the US. Our latest shoe, the KD V N7, from the 2013 line, inspired by NBA star Kevin Durant, sold out in less than 24 hours! This is the 2nd sport summit, held at the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon and is the next step beyond all the successful N7 funded programs.”
About Crystal Shawanda:
After kicking off 2013 with an Inauguration Day performance at the Native Nations Inaugural Ball, Shawanda is currently touring the US and Canada. Born on Canada’s Wikwemikong Native Reservation, joined to the land and the real stories of everyday people, Crystal Shawanda’s country roots run deep. In 2007, Nashville music-business legend Joe Galante signed Crystal to RCA Records / Sony Music Nashville. Crystal’s first single, “You Can Let Go,” was the fastest rising single in Canadian BDS History, reaching Top Five in Canada and Top 20 in the U.S. Her 2008 album, Dawn of a New Day, was Billboard’s highest charting album ever by a Native American, selling over 400,000 copies. CMT aired a six-part documentary, Crystal: Living the Dream. In 2009, after five hit singles and a tour with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, Crystal was named CCMA Female Artist of the Year. In 2010, Crystal toured Canada with Reba McEntire and performed for 55 million people at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. In 2012, Crystal launched her own label, New Sun Records, and released her second CD, Just Like You, on April 24. She has won 4 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards, 5 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, 1 Canadian Country Music Association Award and 1 Canadian Radio Music Awards Award.
For more information on Crystal Shawanda, visit www.crystalshawanda.co