Rhonda Head – Founder, Indigenous Superstars – 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Indigenous Leader Award | 100 Women of Inspiration Book @Rhonda_head
My name is Rhonda Head, I am from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation located in Northern Manitoba. I am a six-time International award-winning singer/songwriter, with 16 music nominations. I am also the 2019 winner for Indigenous Woman Leadership for Women of Inspiration. I am also a two-time acoustic neuroma brain tumour survivor.
I am classically trained through private music teachers, and still take lessons today. I have released 5 cd’s and numerous singles that can be found on all digital music platforms. I was also traveling nationally and internationally to share my music.
When Covid 19 invaded the world, everything stopped…including the music. All of my gigs were cancelled, shows were postponed, from music festivals to private shows. I had shows booked in New York City at Carnegie Hall, a music festival in Australia, recording in Arizona, concerts in Winnipeg…all cancelled or postponed. That was heartbreaking for me and I sure felt the sting. I sat back and thought about all the other musicians…all of there gigs were cancelled too. For many artists this is our way of life, our means of survival. I thought about my fellow Indigenous Musicians, and I thought about how we have to struggle more than mainstream musicians to get our music heard. Because of this, the idea of starting Indigenous Super Stars began. This was scary and exciting to me at the same time. From my past, when something scared me that means I have to explore it. And I am glad that I took the risk and initiative to start it. I wanted start an online show that’s streamed live, where I interview musicians and they perform their music.
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