Welland, Ontario-raised singer/songwriter Shawnee Kish proudly articulates her two-spirit nature alongside her mother’s Six Nations Mohawk (Kanienʼkehá꞉ka) heritage while moving forward as she soaks up the songs of Nina Simone and Etta James. Perhaps that explains her music, beautifully raw and compelling, her voice digging into deep rich roots, exposing emotions with graceful, brutal candor.
These elements captivate listeners, as evidenced by Kish winning CBC’s 2020 Searchlight competition and being named an Artist You Need to Know by industry bible Billboard Magazine. Her passion for giving voice and opportunity to marginalized youth by working with the Kids Help Phone and the We Matter Campaign springs from her own struggles with severe depression on her journey to fit in as a two-spirit, Indigenous adolescent.
And just as music helped her navigate the world, now Kish uses her gutsy, meaty, beaty music as medicine to empower youth, two-spirit people, and anyone struggling to put one foot in front of the other.
Biography by Mary-Lynn Wardle