Canadian two spirit indigenous singer-songwriter, Shawnee has released her new single, “Don’t Go”. The single was written by Shawnee and Matt O’Rourke and was born from an 80s synth found while writing another song and from there, “Don’t Go” was born.
The single was released in celebration of Pride Month on June 19. “Don’t Go” is a power-pop anthem that catches on in your head.
“This is something new, fun, lighthearted but still me. It’s the track you’ll just want to turn up in the car and jam to,” Shawnee explains.
Check out the single below and find out more about Shawnee via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am a Canadian two spirit indigenous singer-songwriter.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
Music is medicine, I use music as my source of strength, it always has been. My style continues to evolve and morph but my passion for creating music strengthens and stays on path.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
My current shows consist of a lot of online streaming and can be found through my social media updates. During my shows I tend to interact, this is different through live stream but the comments left during performance allow me to still connect. I hope that watching me helps you feel what it is you need at that moment. It’s meant to bring people together and celebrate each other through art. Laugh, cry, sing … whatever it may be in the moment.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Currently, I would say Don’t Go, my new single. It’s a Pride tune and its meant to just have fun and
Enjoy. There is a lot going on and to be able to embrace who you are during this time and forever just by enjoying a tune that celebrates love.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.