Brenda MacIntyre, also known as Medicine Song Woman, is an Aboriginal singer-songwriter, frame drummer, speaker, healer and painter based in Toronto. I am honored to interview her today.
Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Brenda, thank you for answering my questions. Your latest CD, titled “Medicine Song” was released in 2009. What is the story behind it?
Brenda MacIntyre: It started with a song named “Visioning,” which I manifested instantly in one of my workshops in early 2007. I used that song to get myself back home to British Columbia. I sang it every day for weeks, simultaneously envisioning and imagining myself standing at the edge of one of my favorite lakes in Vernon, British Columbia where I grew up and lost both my parents. Just before leaving for BC, I went into the studio to record “Visioning” and another song. And my trip to BC, which turned into a two-and-a-half month Western Canada tour about healing the water and empowering communities, was the catalyst for the whole album.
I wanted to create my best work with no holds barred and I wanted it to include ALL of ME, which means not just Native hand drumming and chant but also reggae, blues, soul and even a little gospel flavour, because those are all the styles my spirit loves to sing. I also knew that this would probably be my LAST studio album, and that it would propel me forward either in the music industry or with my healing work.
As I mention in the Medicine Song e-book, which comes for free with the CD, “The CD is in itself a journey of healing, personal growth and spiritual evolution. It is infused with healing energy and the highest of positive intentions.” We did the entire album very spiritually, so that not just me but my producer and all the musicians were putting their positive intentions and energy into each song they were a part of. It was an amazing experience!
CM: The album has been streamed on CBC Radio and college/public/Native American radio stations across North America. How has it been received so far?
BM: I’ve recently been nominated for a 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award with this album, for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year, and I’m one of 8 artists selected to perform at their Nominee Showcase! It also debuted in the overall Top 30 – and hit as high as #3 and #5 in the Folk/Roots & Blues category – on a couple of Canadian college stations. CBC Radio One’s Mariel Borelli had me come in to the CBC studio in Toronto for her show “Fresh Air” and she said my album “showcases Brenda’s amazing voice and range. It’s a fantastic addition to any CD collection!” I was also selected as “Music Maker of the Month” on Native America Calling, a show broadcast live across North America on various Native American radio stations. And my song “Back in the River” was featured as “Pick of the Week” on Alberta’s CFWE FM.
CM: Where can people find more information about the album and purchase their copy?
BM: On my Website if you want the free e-book with it, or iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster etc.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com