Celeigh Cardinal is a prairie girl through and through. Her heartfelt, biographical songs are carried by a voice that harkens to the golden era of jazz and blues. This Métis singer/songwriter is easily one of the finest vocalists to hail from the Peace Country.
Cardinal has 17 years of performance experience under her belt and two commercial releases to her credit. Her contralto voice adds soul and emotion to her performances and her personality and storytelling skills prepare audiences for both happiness and reflection. Cardinal’s records include a five song EP, entitle An EP (2011), and a full-length album, entitled Everything and Nothing At All(2017). The EP served as Cardinal’s introduction to the music industry, but the album earned her Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, a nomination for the CBC Indigenous Music Awards for Best Pop Album, and a whopping eight nominations for the Edmonton Music Awards, from which she received Female Artist of the year, and Indigenous Recording of the year.
Cardinal plans to release a new EP, entitled Stories from a Downtown Apartment, in February of 2019. This project will synthesize two years of touring experience along with a host of artistic skills built during Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Residency and the 100+ hours of local cabaret performances she’s logged in the past 12 months.
“Celeigh Cardinal is totally friggin’ metal. Her songwriting is both honest and sublime; it hits me in the head AND the heart. And just wait till she starts to sing. You’ll wake up in the middle of the night with a cold sweat, jonesing to hear that voice just one more time. Oh yeah, and she’s kind and hilarious to boot... Gross.” - David Landreth (The Bros. Landreth)
“I first heard Celeigh Cardinal at Mission Folk Music Festival. I was struck to the heart by the songs in the moment and by the person herself later on. Her performance was stellar. Riveting. Real. A writer of rare depth and honesty and in the voice a powerful beauty. I felt the songs and I felt lucky to bear witness. A true light.”- David Francey
"In a whole summer full of playing festivals, Celeigh stood out to me because of her strong and beautifully textured voice, her supernatural ability to harmonize and memorize new lyrics in one pass during workshops, and not least of all because of her bright and uplifting personality. She's both the stars and the moon - shining her own light, and reflecting that of those around her."- Matt Epp
"Celeigh Cardinal's voice brings to mind the deep soul singers of old. She has so much nuance, spirit and tone invested in every note- from sweet and gentle bedtime-folk-melodies to knock-down-drag-out-leave-your-lover wails. Her songs range from ballads and thoughtful reflections on life to road-tripping good-time songs. Her band and her trio are always first-class players who add lots of great instrumentals and harmonies. I first encountered Celeigh on a Facebook live post and was immediately enchanted. I look forward to more people in the world discovering the pure joy that is a Celeigh Cardinal show." - Leela Gilday
An EP(2011): Five songs, self-released
Everything and Nothing At All(2017): Nine songs, self-released
Awards, Nominations, and Prizes
Award Recipient, Indigenous Artist of the Year, Western Canadian Music Awards (2018)
Award Recipient, Female Artist of the Year, Edmonton Music Awards (2018) Award Recipient, Indigenous Recording of the Year, Edmonton Music Awards(2018) Eight nominations, Edmonton Music Awards (2018) Best Pop Album nomination, Indigenous Music Awards (2018)
Prize recipient, Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards (2017)
Prize recipient, ATB Financial’s ATB Listens Award (2016)
Award recipient, Spirit Seekers’ Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards (2010)