“Always rise above. Always be of Love.“
Kelly Derrickson is a First Nation artist from Westbank, British Columbia. She studied music and earned her degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music for Music Business and Performing Arts. She won the 2015 Coachella Valley Music Award for Best Country Artist and won Best New Artist at the 2015 and 2016 Indigenous Music Awards.
Her single 40,000 Ft Over You from her Multi Award winning album Warriors Of Love is considered the Best of 2016 in North America on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown . Her new single I AM is currently #6 on the charts. She was recently nominated for Best Country Artist for the second time by The Coachella Valley Music Awards.
Kelly has recently nominated for 3 Native American Music Awards this year and won Best Female Artist at the Native American Music Awards for her album “I Am”.
Kelly is on in rotation on Sirius XM Radio on channel 165 and her music is played on over 1200 radio stations in North America. She is daughter of Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson. What her father has worked to accomplish through leadership and politics, Kelly has worked to accomplish through music. They have both spent their lives working to advance the interests and improve conditions for Canada’s indigenous people. An example of Kelly and her father’s leadership and concern for indigenous young people can be found in Suicide Song, co-written by both of them. I Am (Mother Nature) celebrates nature, but is a warning that it cannot be endlessly violated. Idle No More is pure activism, a musical rally against the pollution of Canada’s native lands.
Over time, she has developed a style called Country Tribal Rock, unique to her and never done before. She is versatile, even releasing a version of Amazing Grace, one of the best known Christian Gospel classics.
Kelly’s second album I AM was released in April 2017. It was recorded, co-written and produced by Kelly herself among top country artists in Nashville. She is the voice of her Nation.