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Cindy Paul - Artist

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, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and New York 's Native American Music Awards in 2016 for Best Folk Recording. Cindy's debut album This Northern Girl features the remarkable track He Can Fancy Dance, it 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 social media 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 released December 7, 2016. The Flight, also produced by Barry Allen and Gord Matthews is nominated for Indigenous Recording of the Year for the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards and Cindy is nominated for Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

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, New York and following day Cindy and Keith Secola joined forces 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 officially released 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.

Cindy with Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas at the Native American Music Awards

 

Barry Allen


Barry Allen recorded and produced both This Northern Girl and The Flight at the Homestead Studio with Gord Matthews.

Homestead Recorders is an award winning, full-service, state of the art audio production facility in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. Since 1985 the name Barry Allen has been synonymous with Homestead, as he has been the owner as well as the chief music producer/engineer. HomeStead delivers the highest quality in audio & music production and is considered one of the most prestigious studios in western Canada. Homestead's history spans back to the earliest recordings of Canadian music legend, KD Lang. Hundreds of bands, groups, advertising agencies, and thousands of musicians have worked in the building. Some of the most notable being The Corb Lund Band, Captain Tractor, Adam Gregory and Wide Mouth Mason , who have recorded here on numerous occasions including for the album Stew which was produced with Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson.

Barry's dedication to his clients has led to numerous recording awards. Barry's dedication is not only with his own clients but also within the industry. Barry is a member of the Alberta recording association and has supported local events such as the annual folk festival. In Edmonton, Homestead's reputation has always been second to none regardless of the type of project we're working on. Whether it be a full album music project, pre-production, an original jingle or corporate composition, broadcast radio & TV creative & production, or anything in between when it matters bring it to Homestead.

Gord Matthews - Musician

Gord Matthews produced both This Northern Girl and The Flight with Barry Allen, co-wrote 3 of the tracks on the albums and has been performing with Cindy since the early 90's. Veteran guitarist, sideman, & session player, Gord has been a part of the Alberta music scene since the early '80s. Gord is an established songwriter. solo performer and member of The Gords and The Front Porch Roots Revue. Gord has received recognition for his songwriting. He was runner up in the folk category in the 4th anual IAMA awards for his song "Faith In The Butcher" and his song "Third Best Thing" received honorable mention in the 2008 ISC awards. The ISC finalists were chosen from over 15,000 entrants from around the world. Gord Matthews was a member of kd lang and the reclines from 1983-1990. He appeared on the albums "A Truly Western Experience"," Angel with a Lariat" and "Absolute Torch and Twang". While with kd, he played many high profile shows including David Letterman (twice), Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, The 1990 Grammy Awards and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (five times!). His solo album "The Third Best Thing" is currently available online.

 

 

 

Adam Paananen - Musician

Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and now relocated to Edmonton, Alberta, Adam's music career began in Grande Prairie, Alberta, as the co-founder and drummer for rock group Torrance Family Band in 2011, during which time he attended the Music Interactive Digital Design Program at Grande Prairie Regional College and received two years of bass guitar lessons from Vancouver-based session bassist Rene Worst. Soon after graduation in 2013, his touring life began on his 20th birthday as the bassist for country/rock group Smokin' Ace. He went on to join as the percussionist for Canadian reggae group Tasman Jude, which brought him on multiple tours spanning western and eastern Canada, as well as the band's first Australian tour, from September 2013-October 2014. During this time and since, Adam has performed and traveled with many other groups on multiple instruments, including Cindy Paul, Range Road Ramblers, Newcastle Kings, Nikki Meeres, Sic' Machine, Arrival of Autumn, Alyssa Strand, and The Privateers. He has performed at high profile festivals such as Boonstock 2013 and 2014, Easterfest 2014, Bud Country Fever 2015, and has opened for artists like Krome, Matt Blais, Unwed Mothers, The Red Cannons, illScarlett, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, QQ, Aaron Carter, and One Bad Son. Adam has released full length albums with Torrance Family Band and Tasman Jude, as well as performed on singles in support of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the Conspiracy of Hope suicide awareness campaign. Since 2015, he began both his sound technician career and solo artist career, covering a wide range of genres and writing original songs. Now in 2016, Adam continues to perform on a regular basis, both as a solo and group performer, and to connect with other industry professionals for original projects and session work. www.adampmusic.com

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Kinley Paul - Musician