Crystal Shawanda, who made a name for herself at country radio with hits like “You Can Let Go,” “My Roots Are Showing” and others, is also a proud First Nations member of the Ojibwe band in her native Canada. Tomorrow, she will represent her heritage when she performs on the Onieda Indian Nation’s “True Spirit of Thanksgiving” float in the 84th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Crystal, who was born in Ontario, Canada, and grew up on a Native American reservation called Wikwemikong on Canada’s Manitoulin Island, will ride the entire two-and-one-half mile Parade route and perform “Let’s Come Together” for the NBC television cameras on 34th Street. Last year over 3 million spectators lined the Parade route, while 65 million television viewers enjoyed NBC’s Emmy Award-winning telecast from 34th Street.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a beloved holiday tradition for millions of people of all ages, and Crystal is no exception.
“I am so honored to represent all my relations, it truly humbles me,” said Crystal. “I watch the Macy’s parade every year with my family, so this is as surreal for me, as it is exciting.”
Crystal has been touring exhaustively throughout the U.S. and Canada and has been writing and recording material for next album. Her debut album, Dawn of a New Day, debuted at #2 on the Canadian Country Albums chart and #16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and became the highest charted album by a full-blooded Canadian First Nations country artist in the SoundScan era. Her I’ll Be Home For Christmas album was released last year.
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