By Bill King
Shawnee Kish: Revolution
In her latest musical venture, Juno-nominated vocal powerhouse Shawnee Kish unleashes a potent and empowering single, Haunt, a prelude to her eagerly anticipated sophomore EP, Revolution, set to drop on October 20. Collaboratively crafted with VERSKOTZI and Blue in Tokio, Haunt serves as a bold proclamation of self-value and resilience, echoing the sentiment that silence is not consent and kindness is certainly no sign of weakness.
The track resonates as a confidence anthem, resonating with vigor and an unapologetic stance. Shawnee's lyrics unapologetically declare that those who have caused her pain or attempted to diminish her essence will feel the haunting absence left in their wake. The narrative woven within Haunt stands as a testament to Shawnee's prowess in storytelling, epitomizing her dedication to utilizing her platform for empowerment and unfiltered self-expression.
"Haunt is my anthem of confidence—a spirited powerhouse meant to inspire and fortify its listeners," Shawnee elucidates. "With this release, I aimed to craft an uplifting, energetic song that ignites a spark of strength and self-assurance when heard. I aspire for this song to remind everyone that their voice should never be stifled or underestimated. And if ever they find themselves grappling with doubt, they can crank up this track and be reminded that they belong, they matter, and I stand by them."
Die-hard fans are given the unique opportunity to belt out the lyrics alongside Shawnee during her forthcoming EP release celebration on Monday, October 23, at The Drake Underground in Toronto. Hurry and snag your tickets to this intimate gathering—the chance to witness this electrifying performer in action is limited. Shawnee Kish continues to carve her path, wielding her artistry as a beacon of strength and an anthem of defiance.
Kish stands as a leading light, her music a testament to her journey and heritage. Hailing from Welland, Ontario, this Mohawk singer-songwriter embarked on her artistic expedition to sing the tunes of Shania Twain. Now, firmly anchored in Fort Erie, she has evolved into an artist of distinction, her narrative woven into the fabric of her ancestral roots.
In 2020, Shawnee's star soared as she clinched victory in CBC Music's coveted Searchlight competition, setting the stage for her meteoric rise. The following year, she received the coveted nod as a winner of the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class program, a true affirmation of her burgeoning talent and untapped potential.
But it was Shawnee's self-titled debut EP in 2021 that revealed the true essence of her artistry. Each note and lyric is a window into her soul, a tapestry woven with raw emotion and sincerity. A multifaceted creator, Shawnee ventured into uncharted territories with Music Is My Medicine in the same year, a musical spectacle brought to life by the National Arts Centre Orchestra for the CBC Gem web series Undisrupted.
In 2023, Shawnee's altruism took center stage as she lent her voice to the all-star recording of Serena Ryder's What I Wouldn't Do. This charity single release, dedicated to the Kids Help Phone's Feel Out Loud campaign for youth mental health, showcased her commitment to causes beyond music.
Embracing her two-spirit identity, Shawnee Kish isn't just an artist but a beacon of representation and authenticity. Her marriage to Olympic rugby player Jen Kish in 2021, a ceremony graced by Rachel Notley, was a celebration of love that echoed loudly in the hearts of many.
Our conversation is about the artistry. In the tradition of strong Canadian women with big voices. Celine Dion, Selena Evangeline, Alanis Morrisette, Jully Black, k.d. Lang, Joni Mitchell. Let’s talk!