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Adrian Sutherland

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Adrian Sutherland is a roots-rock recording artist with heart from Attawapiskat First Nation on the James Bay. He’s a singer, songwriter, musician, writer, speaker, and advocate. He’s also a father of four, grandfather to four, a traditional knowledge keeper, and respected cultural leader, fluent in Mushkegowuk Cree. After building his own recording studio in a sea-can out of necessity during the pandemic, Adrian completed tracking for his debut solo album, When The Magic Hits. He also finished scoring his first television series, and began writing his first book for Penguin Random House Canada about growing up in Attawapiskat – a remote and sometimes-harsh place he still chooses to call home. The fascinating frontman and founder of all-Cree rockers Midnight Shine, Adrian released four albums with the band before shifting to solo projects in 2019. Debut single Politician Man hit #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown and won Best Performing Arts & Entertainment at Canada’s oldest film festival. Second single Respect the Gift debuted in January 2021 on The Strombo Show and American Songwriter Magazine, and also reached #1 on the IMC. Right Here, the first single from Adrian’s upcoming album, was released in June and has been earning national attention for its music video made from 1600 selfies. Adrian cares deeply about many causes, and is using his music and voice to share first-hand perspective on issues facing First Nations like contaminated water, housing shortages, food insecurity, addiction, and mental health. At a time of growing awareness about Reconciliation, Adrian is hopeful for Canadians to better understand one another, and take further steps together.