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Native American Music Award Nominee, Cindy Paul's rich vocals and rhythms combine for a melodic and insightful journey through your imagination and into your heart. This singer/songwriter from northern Alberta has been honored with nominations from the Prairie Music Awards, the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and most recently has just returned from New York where she was nominated for Best Folk Recording at the 2016 Native American Music Awards for the album This Northern Girl. The album featuring the remarkable track He Can Fancy Dance was produced by Gord Matthews and Barry Allen and recorded in 2001 at the Homestead studio in Edmonton, Alberta. In the spring of 2015, a video of He Can Fancy Dance had been shared well over a million times on you tube, facebook and many residential school educational sites. This propelled the official release of This Northern Girl for international sale in the fall of 2015 and the production of her new album The Flight.

Cindy Paul hails from a small farm near Fort Vermilion, Alberta, Canada where her guitar and her horse were her two best friends. At the age of eight years, this young girl of Metis/Cree decent discovered the power of combining her voice with a guitar. By fifteen, she was composing her own songs, and at twenty one, walked into a studio, paid for an hour session and walked out with her first demo. This was the beginning of a lifelong friendship with Gord Matthews and Barry Allen at Homestead Recorders and her dream to record her own songs.

Cindy has played many festival stages in Canada such as Boonstock and Folk on the Rocks and has performed live on the stage with Corb Lund, Mary Gauthier, Valdy and Fred Penner and shared Festival stages with Sublime, City and Color and Macklemore and her most memorable, Buffy Sainte-Marie. She has played across Canadian cities from Toronto, Ont. to Penticton, BC and as far north as Aklavik NT. Cindy was honored to perform at the 2015 Canadian Professional Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Ceremony in Calgary. She was featured as a presenter at the 2016 Native American Music Awards in Salamanca, NY and performed in Buffalo, NY as well. During her trip, Cindy and Keith Secola joined forces in and recorded a haunting, live version of her new song The Trickster.

Cindy will be joining a cast of amazing Canadian musicians in a TV documentary film in the summer of 2017 called The Campfire Sessions. She has been featured on many radio shows across Turtle Island and Europe. Her new album The Flight was be officially released on December 7, 2016. The title track The Flight is featured on the Native American Music Awards compilation CD Water Is Life in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's efforts to protect their land, and water from the Dakota Access Pipeline. The free CDs, feature a variety of artist contributions from Nominees and Winners from all tribal nations and music styles that can be downloaded on the Native American Music Awards website.

Cindy is deeply connected with her Indigenous heritage and culture and it shines through in every breath and beat. Her distinct sound evokes the feeling of truth and her compositions echo the sentiment to never soften your conviction to make others socially comfortable. Cindy truly believes in educating and healing through art and music. Always writing and playing from her heart, her music is her medicine.