‘Surreal’: Young singer Mi’kmaw talks victory at Nova Scotia Music Awards

16-year-old singer-songwriter Deedee Austin, of Abegweit First Nation, won the Nova Scotia Music Award.

Austin won awards in two categories: Indigenous Artist of the Year and New Recording Artist of the Year. She was also nominated in two others.

“(It) is so surreal,” she said.

Austin started composing music at the age of 11 and released his first single at 14. She released her first EP a year later, and has now had three singles.

“I have always loved music, that makes me very happy,” Austin said on the morning Global News program.

“You don’t think about it, until now, like, I just took home two awards.”

Her latest single The truth is buriedwhose music video was released last month, reflects the lives of indigenous people practiced by residential schools.

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“What inspired me to write? The truth is buried Yes, my great-grandmother attended boarding school. I found out about all the unmarked graves,” Austin said.

“I was like, it can’t sit in my books any longer. So I took it to the studio, put it down and… I’m really pleased with the result. “

Austin says music is her way out of what’s going on in the world. Everything she writes is based on real experiences.

“For me to put my story and everyone else’s story into one song, it was really special.”

The music video, which features Austin playing a burning piano in front of the Truro library, was made with the help of several NS music industry people, volunteers, and her dad.

Austin said she thought it was well received, “because of how heavy it was.”

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Nova Scotia Music Week 2022 was held this past weekend in Sydney, with the participation of many local artists.

Austin has played twice, with her showcase being held on Saturday. She also has time to participate in other people’s performances.

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“I love reconnecting and events like Nova Scotia Music Week bring us together.”

Austin said she hopes to release a new album in the near future, and plans to reconnect with fellow musicians at the East Coast Music Awards in the spring.

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