Susan Aglukark
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Susan Aglukark
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Singer/Songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada's most unique artists, and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit, and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life.

Susan's genuine concern for others combined with her political & social awareness, lead many to view her as a role model. She is also rapidly becoming known as an uplifting motivational speaker, able to reach both youth and adult audiences alike.

Susan has held command performances for HRH Queen Elizabeth (twice), Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney, and the President of France, Jacques Chirac. She has performed for Nelson Mandela and Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, as well as several other dignitaries. Equally important to her are the many, many people she has performed for and spoken to on reserves, in small towns and in villages across Canada and the Arctic.

Awards include: Juno Awards (3) and several Juno nominations presented by C.A.R.A.S. (Canadian Association of Recording Arts & Sciences); the first-ever Aboriginal Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment, and the Canadian Country Music Association's (CCMA) Vista Rising Star Award, along with several other CCMA nominations. Susan's albums Arctic Rose, This Child, Unsung Heroes, and her most recent release Big Feeling have sold over 350,000 copies in Canada to-date.

When it came time to write her latest album -- the quietly spiritual, unabashedly catchy and evocative Big Feeling -- Aglukark reverted back to the small town girl with the unshakeable connection to land and lineage. Which makes sense, because if there is a prevailing theme to Big Feeling, expertly produced by Ben Mink (k.d. lang, Barenaked Ladies), and mixed by George Massenberg (Lyle Lovett, Linda Ronstadt), it is that we can most clearly view the present through the prism of the past. Mink found in Aglukark an artist still keen to grow despite being more than a decade into a hugely successful career.

With Big Feeling having found its place in Aglukark's Juno-winning catalogue -- which includes 95's This Child and 99's Unsung Heroes -- the singer has her sights firmly on touring and the continuation of her activist work. Susan says she never strays far from her roots or the people of Arctic Canada, where she grew up; her ultimate message, "to learn to be yourself and believe in that person" reaches much further, and touches all people, everywhere.