A dream was realized for local singer/songwriter Crystal J as she attended and performed at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards last month in Winnipeg.
“It was an honour to represent the Nuxalk Nation and the community of Bella Coola at this years event,” said Crystal. “I couldn’t do it with the Nation’s support and the support of my family.”
The Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards took place August 17 and 18 and included recent Bella Coola Music Festival performers Derek Miller and George Leach, whom Crystal had the chance to meet.
Crystal was the first performer to open the show, and admitted that anxiety ruled the day. “I had to connect with my family back home for prayer and calm my spirit,” she said. “I was the first performer to open the show, and when I was walking towards the main stage, all I could see was the lights and imagined my entire family walking behind me.”
Crystal performed a song from her album, ‘Love,’ entitled ‘Mr. Right.’ She was thrilled to be included amongst the high caliber of First Nations talent this country has to offer.
“I had a floor seat for the awards ceremony and was surrounded by other nominees and award winners,” she said. “It felt good to be in the midst of such great native celebrities and see that all native people are moving forward.”
Crystal is continuing to pursue her dreams in the entertainment business and work with youth. “I was able to walk the red carpet as well as network with some well-respected industry people,” she said. “With my experience, I have every intention of working with and supporting our youth with their music and dreams.”