June 25, 2015 - 9:04 PM
KELOWNA – A singer-songwriter from West Kelowna has been nominated in two categories for an international music award this week.
Kelly Margaret Derrickson, daughter of Grand Chief Ron Derrickson, found out Wednesday, June 24, the Indigenous Music Awards had nominated her for Best New Artist and Best Music Video.
The video, Idle No More, is off her debut album Warriors of Love, which helped her win a Coachella Valley Music Award for Best Country Artist last month.
“I’m so thrilled,” she says. “It’s going to be a real challenge, there are some super talented brothers and sisters I’m going against.”
The Indigenous Music Awards, formerly called the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, started roughly ten years ago to highlight musicians of aboriginal heritage. Winners are chosen based on the number of votes received online, and Derrickson says she’s hopeful the local community is willing to support her.
“This was my main aspiration,” she says. “I wrote Idle No More for my people so for my people to acknowledge me is a big honour.”
The video was filmed in August 2013 in the Mojave desert in California and co-produced by Tori Kyes of Plastick Media, her father Ron Derrickson and manager Robert Cooper. She describes it as an homage to her peoples’ struggle for independence.
“It’s really raw and authentic,” she says.
The awards show will take place on Friday, September 11 in Winnipeg, Man. To vote visit the Indigenous Music Awards website before July 24.
Warriors of Love can be purchased where music is sold or through her website.
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