Crystal Shawanda

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Crystal Shawanda
Crystal-Shawanda-14 Feb 2009.jpg
Crystal Shawanda at Scotiabank Place, 14 February 2009, opening for Brad Paisley
Background information
Born 1983
Wikwemikong, Ontario, Canada
Origin Wikwemikong, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country, Blues
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008—present
Labels RCA Nashville, On Ramp, New Sun

Crystal Shawanda (born 1983) is a Canadian country music artist.[1] CMT documented her rise to fame in the six-part series Crystal: Living the Dream, which was broadcast in February 2008.[2] Signed to RCA Nashville in 2007, she released her first 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 five weeks.[4] It was released in the United States on February 25, 2008 .[5]

Music career[edit]

Shawanda's first album, Dawn of a New Day, was released in Canada on June 24, 2008, and in the United States on August 19. The album entered the Canadian Country Albums chart at number 2, and the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at number 16. It became the highest charted album by a full-blooded Canadian First Nations country artist in the SoundScan era.[6]

Shawanda is Ojibwe from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve located on Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron. Her surname translates to "Dawn of a New Day".[7]

Shawanda toured with various artists across Canada and the northern United States in 2008. In 2009, she toured Canada and the United States with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley as a special guest on the Paisley Party 2009 tour. Her first single, "You Can Let Go", peaked at number 21 on the Hot Country Songs charts. In mid-2009, Shawanda left 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.

In 2010, Shawanda released a single, "Beautiful Day", via her own label, New Sun Records. Shawanda also performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2010, performing "Let's Come Together" and "This Is My Land".[8] She then released another single, "Love Enough", on August 15, 2011 in both Canada and the United States. Shawanda's second studio album, Just Like You, was released by New Sun on April 24, 2012.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country
Dawn of a New Day 16 81
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Just Like You
  • Release date: April 24, 2012
  • Label: New Sun Records/Fontana North
The Whole World's Got the Blues
  • Release date: September 30, 2014
  • Label: New Sun Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
2008 "You Can Let Go"[a] 60 21 Dawn of a New Day
"What Do I Have to Do" 79
"My Roots Are Showing" 87 57
2009 "Dawn of a New Day" 90
2010 "Beautiful Day" Just Like You
"Fight for Me"
2011 "This Fever"
"Love Enough"
2012 "Closer"
"Down on Broadway"
2013 "Someone Who Loves You"
2016 "Laid Back" TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Album
2009 "In Your Arms Again" George Canyon What I Do

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "You Can Let Go" Margaret Malandruccolo
2009 "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
2010 "Beautiful Day" Stephano Barberis
2012 "Down on Broadway"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Result
2008 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards Best New Artist of the Year Won[14]
Best Country Album of the Year - Dawn of a New Day Won[14]
Best Single of the Year - "You Can Let Go" Won[14]
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards Best Artist of the Year Won[15]
Best Album of the Year - Dawn of a New Day Won[15]
Best Country Album of the Year Won[15]
Best Music Video of the Year - "You Can Let Go" Won[15]
Best Single of the Year - "You Can Let Go" Won[15]
Canadian Country Music Association Single of the Year - "You Can Let Go" Nominated[16]
Female Artist of the Year Nominated[16]
Program/Special of the Year Nominated[16]
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[17]
Juno Awards Best New Artist Nominated[18]
Country Recording of the Year Nominated[18]
2010 Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominated[19]
2013 Juno Awards Aboriginal Album of the Year Won[20]

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