Akilah, a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast…
Inez Jasper is an award-winning Pop artist with powerhouse talent.
As one of Canada’s top Aboriginal musicians, she blends traditional
native sounds with her love for contemporary Pop music.
Committed to inspiring youth, Inez travels extensively to urban centers and indigenous communities to share inspirational messages of higher learning and healthy living.
What else do you want us to know about you, Inez?
I was born and raised on the Skowkale First Nation which is located in Sto:lo Territory in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada. I’m a mother, Nurse, Singer, Songwriter and performer. My children are 5 and 23 months and they are the little lights in my life. I love to connect with my fans and share my story with them. My favorite workshops are Healthy Sexuality and Health Careers because I’m a nurse!
Is your culture a prominent part of your life?
Growing up at home on the rez has been a blessing for me to be surrounded by all kinds of music. I was always around powwows, family singing on hand drum and family dinners always featured a traditional dinner song, guitars came out and family sang and harmonized. When I’m home I like to go raid my parents fridge for fish and rice and hit up the latest family gathering or longhouse powwow.
How does your heritage influence your music?
My heritage is my life: it’s my identity, my lifestyle in the essence that my family still practices seasonal activities like fishing, ceremony, powwows, etc. Those experiences growing up have influenced my worldview, thus my songwriting. Embracing our culture can not only be fulfilling and help consolidate our identity as indigenous people….but it can also be totally fun! Let’s JAM OUT!
What have you had to overcome to achieve the success you enjoy?
I’ve had to overcome many obstacles like battling the victim mentality that lived inside of me: The “I can’t” or the “i’ll never make it” mentality that can defeat us before we even start. I’ve had to face a ton of rejection and even reconsidered whether I should even pursue a career in music.I kept on with my professional career until the demands of my music career over took my day job. I feel blessed.
What wisdom do you offer youth who’d like to start performing,singing,drumming or playing?
Go to school, have a back up career and then learn as much as you can about the industry and practice practice, get feedback then practice.
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The 2009 release of her first solo album, “Singsoulgirl” garnered a lot of attention, taking home four Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards for Best Album Cover, Best New Artist, Best Pop Album and Single of the Year.[/symple_column][symple_column size=”one-half” position=”first” fade_in=”false”]
Last year, Inez was a BIG winner again at the 2014 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards, winning Best Pop CD and Best Producer/Engineer for “Burn Me Down.”
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Thanks PowWows.com for sharing this inspirational role model. [symple_column size=”three-fourth” position=”first” fade_in=”false”]PowWows.com is an online resource for Native Americans to stay in touch with each other and their roots, and for anyone to learn about Native American culture. Pow Wows are gatherings that bring together descendants of Native American Indians who have scattered all over North America, with extant Native American tribes, in celebrations that feature Native American music, dancing, and ancient, meaningful rituals. [/symple_column][symple_column size=”one-fourth” position=”last” fade_in=”false”][/symple_column]