Crystal Shawandawill perform during the Native Nations Inaugural Ball at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on the evening of the Presidential Inauguration, January 21. The event will celebrate not only the inauguration but also serve as a fundraiser for the museum’s effort to produce educational programs relevant to Tribal Nations issues.
“To Native Americans, music is everything,” Shawanda, a member of the Ojibwa tribe, said. “It’s our history, our dance, and used to remember important events. I hope that my music on this historic evening will help honor and celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s 44th President.”
Crystal was born on the Wikwemikong Native Reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island in Ontario. Her debut album Dawn of a New Day was Billboard‘s highest charting album by a Native American in history, and sold over 400,000 copies. In 2009, she was named the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year. She recently released her new album, Just Like You, on her own just-launched record label, New Sun Records.