Kelly Fraser

b. 1993 Sanikiluaq, NU / Ot­tawa, ON

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - – Chris­tine Lalonde

At age 24, Kelly Fraser is the right age to be con­sid­ered an emerg­ing artist, yet she has been per­fect­ing her mu­sic, ac­tively record­ing and per­form­ing for over a decade. Born in Tiki­rar­juaq (Whale Cove), NU, she grew up in Sanikiluaq, where, in­spired by a mu­sic video, she be­came de­ter­mined to play the gui­tar at age 11 and has ever since. She formed her first band at age 15. Kelly’s mu­sic has reached far and wide, in the North and be­yond, through her adept use of so­cial me­dia such as SoundCloud and YouTube. First cap­tur­ing at­ten­tion for her savvy in­ter­pre­ta­tions of songs such as Ri­hanna’s “Di­a­monds” into Inuk­tut, Kelly’s first al­bum, Isuma (Think), was re­leased in 2014, fol­lowed by Sedna/Nu­li­a­juk early in 2017. The artist records and per­forms in both English and Inuk­tut and will be lead­ing work­shops across Nu­navut to en­cour­age oth­ers to ex­plore song­writ­ing in re­gional Inuk­tut di­alects. Im­mensely tal­ented and hard work­ing, Fraser per­forms reg­u­larly across the coun­try with her band the Easy Four and will travel to par­tic­i­pate in the Qooqqut Fes­ti­val in Nuuk, Green­land, in late 2017. She is al­ready a force to be reck­oned with at this early stage of what prom­ises to be a spec­tac­u­lar ca­reer.

PHOTO NIPIVUT

Kelly Fraser per­form­ing live in Mon­treal for Abo­rig­i­nal Day, 2017

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