“I’ve always connected with artists whose voices resonate; you can feel it in your body. That is what I’ve always wanted to be.”
Discovery is the beauty of music. It reveals itself in layers. Such is the evolution of 2020 JUNO Award winner, Celeigh Cardinal. Following a time-tested path from singing in church to performing in cover bands to writing original material, Cardinal has reinvented herself with each new chapter in her career. With a confident voice and boundless energy, Cardinal owns a stage, connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion and love. Whether sweetly strumming an acoustic guitar or leading her band in a rocking rave-up, she commands our attention. Her singing is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and a nimble technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes with a purr, a snarl or something in the middle. With two full-length albums completed, and a future release in the planning stages, Cardinal is poised to expand her profile which already includes awards from the 2020 Juno Awards, the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards, multiple Edmonton Music Awards, and recently she received two nominations for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards for Indigenous Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
“Everything I’ve ever done has put me on this path to exactly where I am right now.”
Celeigh has performed across North America and internationally, including Reeperbahn in Germany, and tours in The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.
As well as her flourishing musical career, Celeigh is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s own CKUA Radio Network, and she’s the first Indigenous member of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Arts Column, the In Crowd. Creating more opportunities for Indigenous representation in Media and Music is not only essential to Celeigh, it is her inspiration. Celeigh strives to use the space she takes to lift up other Indigenous artists and be/have the representation she desired as a young girl, and the representation she desires for all Indigenous peoples.
"I first heard Celeigh Cardinal at Mission Folk Music Festival. I was struck to the heart by the songs in the moment and by the person herself later on. Her performance was stellar. Riveting. Real. A writer of rare depth and honesty and in the voice a powerful beauty. I felt the songs and I felt lucky to bear witness. A true light.”- David Francey
“Celeigh Cardinal is totally friggin’ metal. Her songwriting is both honest and sublime; it hits me in the head AND the heart. And just wait till she starts to sing. You’ll wake up in the middle of the night with a cold sweat, jonesing to hear that voice just one more time. Oh yeah, and she’s kind and hilarious to boot... Gross.” - David Landreth (The Bros. Landreth)
"In a whole summer full of playing festivals, Celeigh stood out to me because of her strong and beautifully textured voice, her supernatural ability to harmonize and memorize new lyrics in one pass during workshops, and not least of all because of her bright and uplifting personality. She's both the stars and the moon - shining her own light and reflecting that of those around her."- Matt Epp
"Celeigh Cardinal's voice brings to mind the deep soul singers of old. She has so much nuance, spirit and tone invested in every note- from sweet and gentle bedtime-folk-melodies to knock-down-drag-out-leave-your-lover wails. Her songs range from ballads and thoughtful reflections on life to road-tripping good-time songs. Her band and her trio are always first-class players who add lots of great instrumentals and harmonies. I first encountered Celeigh on a Facebook live post and was immediately enchanted. I look forward to more people in the world discovering the pure joy that is a Celeigh Cardinal show." - Leela Gilday
Stories from a Downtown Apartment - 2019: 8 songs, self-released
Everything and Nothing at all - 2017: 9 songs, self-released
AWARDS, NOMINATIONS AND PRIZES
Award Recipient, Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year, JUNO Awards 2020
Nominations, Songwriter of the Year & Indigenous Artist of the Year, Western Canadian Music Awards 2020
Short listed, Edmonton Music Prize 2020
Award Recipient, Indigenous Artist of the Year, Western Canadian Music Awards 2018
Award Recipient, Female Artist of the Year, Edmonton Music Awards 2018
Award Recipient, Indigenous Recording of the Year, Edmonton Music Awards 2018
Eight Nominations, Edmonton Music Awards 2018
Nomination, Best Pop Album, Indigenous Music Awards 2018
Prize Recipient, Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards 2017
Prize Recipient, ATB Financial - ATB Listens Award 2016