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Cree woman from Manitoba making name for herself in country music


Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais
APTN National News
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.

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4 Responses to “Cree woman from Manitoba making name for herself in country music”

    Glen August 31, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    Like my friend, Ray St. Germain and so many others!! good news!!!!

    Helen Bolduc August 31, 2017 at 4:21 am #

    I enjoyed your song.

    Helen bolduc August 31, 2017 at 4:17 am #

    Beautiful .

    Kim August 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

    I have been playing Jade Turner ever since she hit the Indigenous Music Countdown with “Worth”. Along with Murray Porter’s “Don’t Let Go” and Shawnee’s latest song, “Warrior Heart”, I hope to get the message across that we care about our Indigenous Youth. Being at the University of Western Ontario for 10 years on CHRW 94.9FM Radio Western has allowed me to help reach many people. Including the latest music show, Music Is The Medicine, added to Monday Mornings from 7am to 9am ET, I hope to reach the kids in the back of Mom’s car on the way to school.