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This Week on Earthsongs: Ali Fontaine

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  Ali Fontaine is an award-winning Sagkeeng First Nation singer-songwriter. At age 15, she entered a talent competition and won a studio session where she recorded one of her original songs. She released her debut album before her senior year of high school was over. That album won “Best Country Recording” at the 2013 Native American Music Awards. Ali’s current focus on Indigenous Studies and Human Rights at the University of Manitoba is influencing her most recent songwriting. While her music started out in the country genre which was popular on the reserve growing up, her new single “Free” explores more of an R&B style. Ali is also a music mentor for at-risk youth.

Fun Facts
2013 Indigenous Music Awards winner for “Indigenous Female Entertainer of the Year”
2013 Native American Music Awards winner for “Best Country Recording”
2011 Indigenous Music Awards winner for “Best New Artist” and “Best Country CD”

Discography
Diamond in the Rough (2012)
Ali Fontaine (2011)

Playlist

Artist (Song) Album

  1. Digging Roots (Sunshine) For The Light
  2. Ghost Town Orchestra (Struggles) Dead Wait
  3. Raye Zaragoza (Crazy Eyes) Heroine – EP
  4. Leonard Sumner (The One) Rez Poetry
  5. Indigenous (Things We Do) The Acoustic Sessions
  6. Ali Fontaine (FreeFree – Single
  7. Ali Fontaine (Fight For You) Diamond In The Rough
  8. Ali Fontaine (Runaway) Ali Fontaine
  9. Josh Halverson (Take Me To Forever) One Shot
  10. Fawn Wood (A Song For Mosom) Kikāwiynaw
  11. Cody Blackbird (Euphoria) Euphoria