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With a few awards and a second music video Jade Turner seems to be on her way as she is making a name for herself on the Canadian country music scene.
Turner released her second album “North Country” a few months ago.
“I did write all the lyrics and I wrote from personal experiences,” said Turner. “‘Free Me’, for example, that’s a song about a sweat lodge and where I went to get help when I needed it.”
Her first music video “Worth” came from a need to help people struggling with addiction, abuse and suicide.
“I was very suicidal when I was about 12 to 15,” she said.
She turned to writing music.
Then became a millwright and worked as an industrial mechanic for Manitoba Hydro for nearly a decade.
She is now getting radio play on country stations across Canada.
She took home best country album at this year’s Indigenous Music Awards and is nominated for Indigenous Artist of the Year at the upcoming Western Canadian Music Awards.
She said it’s all a bit surreal.
But she’s hoping her music and story behind the lyrics help her people.
“I’d love to go all over the place and go and visit different communities … to make our people realize that they can do whatever they want as long as they put the work in,” she said.
Turner’s next stop is Saskatoon where she will be showcased at the Canadian Country Music Awards next week.
“I’m just excited for the future,” she said.