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CMT features Aboriginal singer in her own series

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CMT (Country Music Television) is currently running a six-part series about Manitoulin Island's Crystal Shawanda. The show takes you behind the scenes on Shawanda's rise to fame and features interviews with label reps, managers and talent buyers.

I caught a couple of great episodes last week, which featured songwriting sessions, numerous performances and intimate interviews.

You can find more info about the show at the CMT website: http://www.cmt.ca/Programs/ProgramItem.aspx?prog_id=8&action=edit

There's also an interactive "Postcards" site that includes video clips from the show: http://www.cmt.ca/Features/Crystal/Editor.aspx

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The barriers Aboriginal artists face

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I'm often asked about the barriers that Aboriginal people face when it comes to building careers in the music industry.  For me, the barriers are both cultural and economic in nature.

I found an artical online from the Canadian Press that speaks about some of the cultural challenges that Aboriginal artists face in the Country music scene. The article draws on the experiences of rising stars Shane Yellowbird and Crystal Shawanda with additional background from Manitoban legend Ray St. Germain.

Check it out here:
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hGQEDslt8hOrRvcjiQyl8GgHR25Q

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