Laura Vinson, Singer Songwriter
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  LAURA VINSON AND FREE SPIRIT:
A musical journey to Native North American history
Laura is a singer and songwriter, well known by North American audiences through her radio show ‘Native Voices’ and her many performances across the continent. She has appeared in major festivals like Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Big Valley, Merrit Mountain, Dream Speakers, Wabanaki in the Maritimes and Festival of the Dreaming in Australia. She has made several appearances in Europe as a headliner in the Canadian All Star show which toured in Scandinavia, Belgium and the Netherlands. During her second tour of Denmark and the Netherlands, the predominant newspaper in Denmark, Jyllands Posten’ was so enthusiastic about her presentation they gave her front-page coverage and another cited her as the best performer of the three day festival.

Laura Vinson was born and raised in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains near Jasper National Park. Her Métis heritage is Cherokee, Cree, English and French. In all her songs you feel the roots of her Aboriginal background. The songs tell about the life of the North American Indians and their traditions. From her album, songs such as "Louisiana Purchase" tell a true story about her Cherokee Great-Grandmother who was purchased by her American husband for just a "good horse and some blankets"

A performance by Canadian Artist Laura Vinson is a celebration of her roots and her aboriginal heritage. Authentic Native sound, songs and stories about North American Indians are mixed in a contemporary musical show. The ancestral spirit is audibly present when the Indigenous Dancers enter the stage and perform their traditional dances. Visually, emotionally and musically this is a glimpse into the life and history of Native North American Indians- you can feel the Spirits are there!

To be in the audience at a Laura Vinson & Free Spirit Concert is to experience what it was like to be part of the spiritual and tribal rituals of a time long past. One feels the Ancestral Spirits hovering over the performers especially when the Native dancers make their proud and mysterious entrances. Their dazzling outfits, dances, songs and drumming come from centuries of spiritually and tradition. It evokes a feeling of the past and present merging in Laura's songs, the bands music and the ancient rhythms and melodies from the Native performances

Accompanied by a multi-instrumentalist four piece band and the powwow dancers, Laura has in the past few years performed at large festivals in Canada, America, Australia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Lithuania and Korea. This group has won more than 20 Canadian Recording industry awards.

VIDEO
Leavin' (from Warrior 2015) 3:17
Wyoming Wind 5:04
Sacagawea 4:01
The Spirit Sings Trailer 1 0:59
The Spirit Sings 1, European Tour 2011 9:11
The Spirit Sings 2, European Tour 2011 2:49
The Spirit Sings 3, European Tour 2011 15:37
The Spirit Sings 4, European Tour 2011 8:05
The Spirit Sings 5, European Tour 2011 0.18
The Spirit Sings, Finale Song 2012, 7:08
Voices On The Wind: Daughters Of The Dawn 3:54
Voices on the Wind: Roots That Go Deep 3:17
The Spirit Sings 9:30
The Spirit Sings Trailer 2 3:44
Long Road Home Trailer 3:20 (We Were Always Here)
Live in Eastern Europe 2:07
Daughters of the Dawn 3:54
Roots That Go Deep 3:17
One of the Lucky Ones 3:14
Rode Hard 2:53
Like a Phoenix 2:44
Turn it Loose 1988, 3:10

AWARDS
CFMA Aboriginal Singer of the Year 2015 nominee
AMPIA Best Original Music Score 2014 nominee
AMPIA Best Soundtrack 2013 nominee
CFMA Best Children's Album 2007 nominee
CFMA Best Songwriter Aboriginal 2007 nominee
AWCA Lifetime Achievement Award 2005 winner
Queen Elizabeth (UK) Medal of Honour 2003 winner
JUNO Best Roots 2000 nominee
CAA Outstanding Aboriginal Award 2000 winner
Alberta Achievement Award 2000 winner
ARIA Best Album Design 1996 winner
ARIA Best Roots Album 1995 winner
ARIA Best Folk Music Artist 1995 winner
ARIA Single of the Year 1995 winner
ARIA Best Roots Album 1994 winner
ARIA Best Folk Music Artist 1994 winner
ARIA Single of the Year 1994 winner
ARIA Album of the Year 1993 winner
ARIA Best Album Design 1993 nominee
JUNO Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year 1993 nominee
CCMA Album of the Year 1993 winner
CCMA Top Female Vocalist 1993 winner
CCMA Best Roots Album 1993 winner
CCMA Best Traditional Album 1993 winner
CCMA Best Ethnic Artist on Record 1993 winner
ARIA Album of the Year 1992 winner
ARIA Best Album Design 1992 winner
ARIA Female Artist of the Year 1990 winner
ARIA Music Score of the Year 1990 winner
CCMA Top Female Vocalist 1990 winner
CCMA Top Female Vocalist 1989 winner
JUNO Country Female Vocalist of the Year 1985 nominee
JUNO Country Female Vocalist of the Year 1983 nominee
JUNO Country Female Vocalist of the Year 1982 nominee
JUNO Country Female Vocalist of the Year 1981 nominee
JUNO Most Promising Vocalist of the Year 1981 nominee
JUNO Most Promising Vocalist of the Year 1980 nominee
JUNO Country Female Vocalist of the Year 1979 nominee

TOURS
The Spirit Sings Theatre Project - Netherlands 2013
The Spirit Sings Theatre Project - Netherlands 2011
The Spirit Sings Theatre Project - Netherlands 2006
Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC USA 2006
Visagino Country Festival - Lithuania (live in Eastern Europe) 2000
The Festival of the Dreaming - Australia 1997
Travel Expo Sok Cho - South Korea
Concert Of The Colours - Detroit USA
Pre-Olympic Celebrations - Australia
Silkeborg Country Music Festival - Denmark
Summer Concerts - Netherlands
R. Harlan Smith's Canadian Country Music All-Star Show (Scandinavia, Belgium, Netherlands) 1987-1989

FESTIVALS
National Aboriginal Day - Jasper, Alberta 2015
Big Valley Jamboree - Camrose, Alberta 2014
folkwaysAlive! Winter Roots & Blues Roundup - Edmonton, Alberta 2012
Wild Mountain Music Festival - Hinton, Alberta 2010
Wild Mountain Music Festival - Hinton, Alberta 2008
Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering - Stony Plain, Alberta 2007
Stratford Summer Music Festival - Stratford, Ontario 2005
Sasquatch Music Festival - Smoky Lake, Alberta 2002
Canmore Folk Festival - Canmore, Alberta 1998
Edmonton Folk Music Festival - Edmonton, Alberta 1997
Canmore Folk Festival - Canmore, Alberta 1993
Craven Country Jamboree - Craven, Saskatchewan 1993
Edmonton Folk Music Festival - Edmonton, Alberta 1993
Big Valley Jamboree - Camrose, Alberta 1993
Edmonton Folk Music Festival - Edmonton, Alberta 1990
Craven Country Jamboree - Craven, Saskatchewan 1987
Expo 86 - Vancouver, Canada 1986
Canadian National Exhibition CNE - Toronto, Ontario 1985
Country Music Festival - Lake Eden, Alberta 1977

DISCOGRAPHY





DVD
The Spirit Sings (live performance at Theater Lampegiet) 2012 Veenendaal, The Netherlands.

ALBUMS
Laura Vinson and Free Spirit, 1991 to present:

Warrior, Col-Me Records, Netherlands 2013
itunes Microsoft Store
Mossbag Lullaby, Mc-Ent Canada 2005
It Reminds Me, Mc-Ent Netherlands remix 2000
It Reminds Me, Mc-Ent Canada 1999
Point of the Arrow, Homestead Recorders 1999
Voices on the Wind, Homestead Recorders 1995
Rise Like a Phoenix, Homestead Recorders 1991

Laura Vinson
Baby, with Dave Martineau 1991 Royalty Records
Many Moons Ago 1986 Royalty Records RP-200-8602

Laura Vinson and Red Wyng 1973 to 1986:
Back to the Rockies, Royalty Records itunes Microsoft Store Spotify
If You Don't Play the Game, Royalty Records itunes Microsoft Store Spotify
The Spirit Sings (Cassette), Royalty Records RRI-400-8914
Adios Mexico, 1984 Royalty Records RP-200-8401
Hooch, Heartache & Hallelujah, 1981 Royalty Records R-2000-45
High Fashion Queen, 1980 R-Royalty Records R-2000-31
First Flight, 1977 Royalty Records R-2000-31

SOUNDTRACKS/FILMS
Mountain Mustang - 2015 People and Peaks Productions
Ancestors Calling - 2015 People and Peaks Productions
Women of Willmore Wilderness - 2014 People and Peaks Productions
Wildie - 2013 People and Peaks Productions
Long Road Home - 2011 People and Peaks Productions
Access Network - several productions

COMPILATIONS
In My Dreams (Royalty Records 40th Anniversary Compilation 2014)
Sweet Mountain Music (Royalty Records 40th Anniversary Compilation 2014)
Mes Amis O Canada (Royalty Records 40th Anniversary Compilation 2014)
Adios Mexico (Royalty Records 40th Anniversary Compilation 2014)
Branded My Heart (Royalty Records 40th Anniversary Compilation 2014)
Tete Jaune (Mountain Metis)
To Whom it May Concern (Mountain Metis)
We Were Always Here (Mountain Metis)
Badges (Tribute to Louis Riel, Rig Publishing 2008)
Half-Breed (Tribute to Louis Riel, Rig Publishing 2008)
Badges (Metis Artists in Concert 2008)
Half-Breed (Metis Roots 2008)
Trying to be Tough (Aboriginal Hits, Volume 5, Rig Publishing 2007)
Half-Breed (Wild Roses Northern Lights - Smithsonian Folkways 2006)
It's a Heartache (Urban Country Classics Volume 2, 2006)
Whispering Pines (Urban Country Classics Volume 2, 2006)
Ghost Riders (Urban Country Classics Volume 2, 2006)
Badges (Aboriginal Hits, Volume 4, Rig Publishing 2005)
Badges (Enough: Hold Your Ground, Volume 3, 2003)

SINGLES
In My Dreams (1989) RP-100-8844
Long Distant Love Affair with Cam Molloy (Royalty 100-8625)
Adios Mexico (Adios Mexico, 1984) RP-100-8402, Red Wyng
Crazy Heart (1981)
Sweet Mountain Music (1979)
Mes Amis O Canada (1979)
Sun Always Shines (1978)

Bluebird/Dirty Dan (Royalty Records R100077)
Branded My Heart (Goin' Down Easy) (Royalty Records)
Broken Hearted Melody (Royalty R1000-137)
Can't Cry Forever (Royalty Records)
Circles/In My Dreams (Royalty Records RP-100-8844)
Dirty Dan (Royalty Records R1000-77)
Don't Wait (Royalty Records 5029)
High Fashion Queen (R1000-96, Royalty Records)
I'd Rather Walk (Royalty Records R1000-132)
Indian Summer (Royalty Records)
Res Sun/Hootch, Heartache and Hallelujah (Royalty Records R1000-108)
Rocky Mountain Skyline (Royalty Records R1000-96)
Waiting for the Weekend (Royalty Records R1000-117)
More Heat Than Light (Royalty Records 100-8604)
Blondes, with Chris Neilson (Royalty 100-8623)
More Heat than Light (Royalty 100-8604)

Laura's songs have also been recorded by Glory-Anne Carriere, Danny Hooper, Greg Paul and Tommy Rogers.

MUSICIANS
Free Spirit
:
Laura Vinson: Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, hand drum
David Martineau: Pedal steel, dobro, lead guitar, vocals
Paul Martineau: Drums, percussion, vocals

Live performance, touring musicians and guests have included:
Maria Dunn: Accordion, whistle, acoustic guitar, vocals
Karen Donaldson-Shepherd: Fiddle, vocals
Pat Braden: Chapman stick
Fred Larose: Bass
Dale Ladouceur: Chapman stick, electric bass
Jessica McMann-Sparvier: Flute
Harold Burden: Pipes
Aaron Bird: Native drums
Charlotte Wiebe: Piano
Farley Scott: Bass guitar

Red Wyng:
Mike Musson: Fiddle, vocals
George Hauser:Bass, vocals
Randy Cross: Drums, vocals
Harry Lent
Jim Hathaway
Wayne Saunders
Stewart McDougall
Frank Walls: Guitars, vocals

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