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Crystal Shawanda

Crystal Shawanda at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa 14 February 2009, opening for Brad Paisley
Background information
Born Wikwemikong, Ontario, Canada
Origin Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008—present
Labels RCA Nashville, On Ramp
Associated acts Whitney Duncan
Brad Paisley

Crystal Shawanda (born in Wikwemikong, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian country music artist.[1] CMT documented her rise to fame in the six-part series Crystal: Living the Dream, which aired in February 2008.[2] Signed to RCA Records in 2007, she released her debut single, "You Can Let Go," in Canada in January 2008.[3] It was the fastest climbing single on the Canadian Country Singles Chart since Carolyn Dawn Johnson's "Georgia" in 2000, reaching the Top 10 in 5 weeks.[4] It was released in the United States on March 17, 2008.[5]


Music career


2008-Present Dawn of a New Day

Shawanda's debut album, Dawn of a New Day, was released in Canada on June 24, 2008; it was later released in the United States on August 19. The album debuted at #2 on the Canadian Country Albums chart, and #16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and became the highest charted album by a full-blooded Native American country artist in the SoundScan era.[6]

Shawanda is a First Nations member of the Ojibwe band. Her surname translates to "Dawn of a New Day."[7]

Shawanda will be touring in Canada and the United States with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley as a special guest on the Paisley Party 2009 tour. She had previously toured with various artists across Canada and the northern United States in 2008. As of January 2009, three singles have charted. "You Can Let Go", "What Do I Have to Do", and "My Roots Are Showing". The first reached #5 in Canada and #21 in the U.S., while "What Do I Have to Do" also reached #5 in Canada, but wasn't released in the United States. "My Roots Are Showing" peaked at #12 in Canada, as well as #57 on the U.S. charts. The title track and "Try" were then released as the fourth and fifth singles from the album in Canada only. In mid-2009,Shawanda parted ways with RCA Nashville and through her own record label "New Sun Records" and a distribution deal with EMI/On Ramp Records released a Christmas album, titled I'll Be Home for Christmas.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions[8]
CAN Country CAN US Country US
2008 Dawn of a New Day 2 39 16 81

Christmas albums

Year Album details
2009 I'll Be Home for Christmas


Year Single Peak chart positions[9] Album
CAN Country CAN US Country US
2008 "You Can Let Go" 5 60 21 109 Dawn of a New Day
"What Do I Have to Do" 5 79
"My Roots Are Showing" 12 87 57
2009 "Dawn of a New Day" 7 90
"Try" 24
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
CAN Country
2009 "In Your Arms Again" George Canyon 16 What I Do

Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "You Can Let Go" Margaret Mallandruccolo
2009 "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Category Result
2008 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards Best New Artist of the Year Won[10]
Best Country Album of the Year - Dawn of a New Day Won[10]
Best Single of the Year - "You Can Let Go" Won[10]
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards Best Artist of the Year Won[11]
Best Album of the Year - Dawn of a New Day Won[11]
Best Country Album of the Year Won[11]
Best Music Video of the Year - "You Can Let Go" Won[11]
Best Single of the Year - "You Can Let Go" Won[11]
Canadian Country Music Association Single of the Year - "You Can Let Go" Nominated[12]
Female Artist of the Year Nominated[12]
Program/Special of the Year Nominated[12]
2009 Album of the Year - Dawn of a New Day Nominated
Female Artist of the Year Won
Canadian Radio Music Awards Best New Country Artist Won[13]
Juno Awards Best New Artist Nominated[14]
Country Recording of the Year Nominated[14]



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