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The Northern View

Entertainment was a keyword during the Elders Gathering, held at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre last week... The idea of inter-generational appeal also surfaced, with performances by aboriginal R and B songstress extraordinaire Fara Palmer. Fun, introspective and smooth, Palmer’s music and lyrics might normally be associated with the headphones of much younger audiences. But the fact that elders not only enjoy, but identify with her songs is an incredible feeling, she says. “It proves that it doesn’t matter how old you are, music speaks to you.”

Palmer plowed into the music world in the 90’s with her debut album “This is My World”, earning a Juno nomination and winning a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award and repeating both accomplishments with the 2001 release of her follow up, “Prettybrown”. After taking a seven year break from the music scene to start her family, Palmer, the daughter of a Skeetchestn chief, is now a mother of four young daughters and has made a phenomenal re-emergence with the 2007 release of her new CD, “Phoenix” and finds herself five nominations deep, with nods for Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year, Best Folk/Acoustic CD, Best Producer/Engineer, Best Songwriter and Single of the Year. This album, replete with heartfelt lyrics, is particularly close to Palmer’s heart; the title phoenix having been chosen for the mythical bird that is re-born of its own ashes, in honour of her brother who she lost tragically in 2004. 

The Daily News(Prince Rupert)

ELDERS TO HEAR FAMED SOUNDS OF MANY TOP ENTERTAINERS One of the highlights of the upcoming Elder's Gathering is sure to be Monday's All Nations Variety Show, taking place at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre. The many performers set to take the stage include, Fara Palmer, The 7th Generation, Tsimshian Dancers, Street Spirit Crew, Nassville 5's, Glen Robinson, Gingolx Choir, Lil' Kiki and the Wolf, Mudcat Joe and more. Palmer, who has released three Juno-nominated albums, is excited to be performing at the Elders Gathering for the second time. Last year, she sang in Vancouver when the event was held there. "I had a wonderful time," said Palmer. "There were just elders everywhere. When I got onstage I almost started crying. I was surrounded by so much wisdom and knowledge and medicine. I just felt so happy to be there. It was one of my best performances." Palmer is from the Saulteaux First Nations in Saskatchewan and is part Cree as well. She currently lives with the Skeetchestn Indian Band in between Kamloops and Cache Creek. Her latest album, Phoenix, has been nominated in five categories for the Aboriginal People's Choice Awards. Palmer hopes that her performance in Prince Rupert will encourage people to check out her music and vote for her. "I call myself pop, R&B, Aboriginal folk-rock," said Palmer about her style of music. "Each of my albums has at least two songs that deal with Aboriginal issues. Some of them are contemporary music with native issues and lyrics and some of them might have contemporary and native sounds in them too." She is returning to music after an eight-year hiatus to focus on her family.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SUNSHINE STIFF COMPETITION FOR MANY OF ALIANAIT'S ENTERTAINERS It's too bad more youth didn't spend $5 to see June 28's evening youth concert to hear Juno award nominee Fara Palmer, a Saulteaux-Cree singer with a deep, soulful voice. Frustrated by a bad sound system, Palmer delivered her first number a cappela, but still got the audience's hands clapping without the help of a soundtrack. Palmer's new album, Phoenix, is dedicated to her brother Gabriel, murdered in 2002 by two men who knew him - an event she described to the audience.

Native Peoples Magazine

[PHOENIX - CD REVIEW] In the contemporary school, we note the recent release Phoenix (sonicbids.com/farapalmer) by the lovely Canadian... musician Fara Palmer. The pop recording has some catchy hooks and lyrics, as in “Blah, Blah, Blah,” and competent backing piano, guitar and other instrumentation …

The Kamloops Daily News

Article #1: SINGING IN THE STREAM OF LIFE: After seven years Fara Palmer returns, phoenix-like, to the Junos. It was one of those days, a day that held what Fara Palmer calls a series of fortunate events. The singer/songwriter was visiting Kamloops from her Skeetchestn home...when she locked her keys in the car and got a parking ticket. A couple stopped to help her retrieve the keys and the woman spotted her lated CD, Phoenix. A self-managed indie artist, Palmer sold a copy and headed off to City Hall to pay her parking fine, only to encounter Mayor Terry Lake. She presented the mayor with another CD and various credentials, just a local indie artist on her way to the Junos in Calgary April 6. Palmer, who only returned to music in 2007 after a seven-year hiatus, takes it all in stride. After all this is her third Juno nomination. "I'm a mixture of a city and a country girl; I don't have any illusions about grandiosity," she said. "I do love music very much. It was an acknowledgment, but it wasn't like with the first CD. When I got that first nomination I was just thrilled". "I was grateful," she continued. "I did take off the last 7 1/2 years, and I'm one of the artists in this country whose lucky enough to have my talent recognized," she said, noting the wealth of talent that goes unrecognized. A daughter of Skeetchestn Chief Ron Ignace, Palmer hardly needs an introduction to local audiences. Music was part of her upbringing. She had an auspicious start, performing at age 12 at a festival, where she shared the stage with Buffy Sainte-Marie. She began recording music in the 1990s. Her debut CD, This Is My World, was nominated in the Juno's aboriginal artist category for the song Walk Away in 1998. That album made a considerable first impression. The following year she took home female artist and song of the year honours at the... (Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards- CAMA's). Then her second CD, Prettybrown, repeated the feat at the 2000 Junos and earned her another top artist honour from the CAMA's. After touring on the strength of Prettybrown in 2001 and cohosting the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, she decided to take time off to have a family. She and her husband, Jay, a carver and builder, now have four young daughters. In 2006 she decided to return to her music career and recorded a three-song demo to pursue grant funding. It had been two years since her family and community suffered the loss of her brother Gabriel, affectionately known as Skooks, who was brutally murdered in Kamloops. Phoenix, named for the ancient, mythical bird that ascends from its own ashes, is dedicated to his memory. "At times it really felt like our world fell apart," she recalled. Yet she is one who believes in the inner capacity to heal, and in using music as a catalyst for positive change. "I was inspired by the bird," in naming the recording. "It doesn't matter how terrible life is, how sad life is or how hurtful life is. There are still decisions you can make. There is still hope". My Brother, a moving tribute to Gabriel, is an exception on an otherwise uptempo collection of songs produced in close collaboration with Peter Kilgour of Chilliwack. "One step at a time we created the music together." She categorizes Phoenix as a singer/songwriter album, with each track carrying its own distinct meaning. There are elements of rock, rhythm and blues (sh's a big fan of Aretha Franklin), disco, world, dance, and "sometimes country." "Being raised out here in this area there was only rock 'n' roll and country. "My music is eclectic. It's really pop and R&B - aboriginal folkrock. It has elements of everything I love in it." Along with a return to music, she's been called upon to share her experiences as a public speaker, though she stops short of calling herself a motivational speaker. "It's basically empowerment. I tell stories about my music, about stage fright...stories[of all the experience i have gathered]." As for the Junos in two weeks' time, she shares the aboriginal nomination with singer Little Hawk, guitarist Derek Miller, fiddler Donny Parenteau and artist/composer Sandy Scofield of Vancouver. Scofield's a good friend she'd like to see honoured. "I am being a little bit selfish because I'd like to win. The most wonderful thing to me is getting on stage and sharing music with people. Working with people, having a personal connection with them, I really love that."

Secwepemc News

NEW CD FOR LOCAL SINGER Fara Palmer is back, has a new sound, is guiding her own destiny, and is once again ready to share her gift with the people. Two-time Canadian Juno and CAMA nominated artist Fara Palmer has resurfaced with a new album entitled "Phoenix". The sound is Pop Eclectica, a term she created to describe music that is based in Pop but is a fusion of pop/rock/folk/dance/and r&b...... Secwepemc News(SN): Why are you so passionate about doing your music yourself? Fara Palmer (FP): It's pretty cool, because it's more roots, more people oriented. I quite like it and it's something i've wanted to do for a long time, do this on my own. I've never been independent on anything. I've alsways sort of relied on mangagers and the record company to take care of it, and now i'm doing it. When you give something to other people, they sometimes put their own interpretation of it on the project, and now i'm figuring it out and it's not as scary or bad as i thought, so I guess this is how it's supposed ot be. I've been figuring out a lot this past year and it's been quite an adventure. Anyone can do it, they've just got to believe. SN: Are you looking for musicians? FP: Yes, i'm looling for musicians, I've never had a "Band" before, it's exciting. I'm trying to get a majority of festival gigs, family gigs, find a bus and some funding and just do it! Have our stage, our own equipment, our own soundman and engineer and that'll make things easier for people to get us in for gigs, we'll have our own travelling road show and we'll have three or four different acts on tour. SN: Other projects? FP: I've been invited to be part of this compilation c.d., it's called "Violet Femmes". It's all about women in music and all...genres... SN: This album is a lot different than your last c.d's, how do you feel this is different from your last albums? FP: I wrote all of the songs on this album, the second one i wrote about 4 and the first i wrote about 9 of the 12. That's different, adn the first two albums i felt like i was searching for a sound, but this one i didn't even want to, i just wanted to write the songs, record them and not worry about it. I had melodies for the songs, i chould hear music for them, and ironically, i think i found a sound doing it that way, it's kind of weird! (Laughs). Some of them are based on intense feelings, they're passionate, some of them are about death, addictions, and self-empowerment and every single song on it could make you cry or go "Yeah! I overcame!". SN: The Title of the Album? FP: Phoenix? It's called Phoenix because i felt that my family and i had been through the ringer, and we've really pulled close as a family and helped each other get through a lot of things. And the Phoenix is the bird that burst [in]to flame[s] and [was] reborn in [its] ashes, and also because i took the last six years off singing. So now in a way, I'm being reborn, as a stronger me. SN: What other plans are you hoping to get moving? FP: Well, I just want the opportunity to sing, to get this album to as many ears as possible, to get off this continent, to see where this will go...to get the right distribution, get in stores, sell it online at cd.baby.com, maybe S.O.A.R, we'll see. You never know how long an album is going to last, but i still get people buying my last album, and i get people coming up to me telling me they love this song, or that, and it's pretty cool that it's touched them....

Kamloops This Week

Article #2: RISING FROM THE ASHES Music in the Park features many amazing and talented artists, and Fara Palmer is no exception. The local songstress has always been interested in singing. Like most children, when Palmer was young she picked the career she felt would be most exciting. But unlike those whose minds and dreams change, Palmer stuck to it and continued with her singing. Of Cree/Saulteaux descent, born and raised in Kamloops, Palmer’s music is Canadian through and through — just like her. After Palmer graduated from high school, she was accepted into a prestigious conservatory program in Toronto on scholarship. Modestly, she joined cover band Contagious and toured for the first year of her career, singing someone else’s songs. Palmer returned to school for a while and released her debut original album, This Is My World. Soon after followed her second album, Prettybrown. Both were successful and were nominated for Juno awards in 2000. That same year, Palmer was named Best Female Artist by the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. On a roll and blasting through her career, it’s no surprise Palmer was being scouted by a record company hoping to sign her. However, she had been spending time with her pregnant sister, and Palmer’s direction began to shift. She turned down a record deal and did things her own way. Palmer took six years off to have her four daughters, ranging in age from six months to five years. Now ready to return to music, Palmer recently released her third album, Phoenix. Based on her personal experiences, Phoenix is dedicated to her brother, who was murdered in 2002. Her songs are full of emotion. “It’s meant to get a reaction out of you,” said Palmer. “Whether you laugh, rage out or rock, you’re not supposed to sit there just passively listening to the music . . . and so far that’s what it’s being doing for people.” Palmer’s voice is both soothing and energizing. She describes her sound as pop music with an eclectic sound. Based in pop, it branches out to rock, folk, R&B and dance. “It’s a bit of everything,” said Palmer. “Songs that are really going to make you laugh, some that might make you cry and some that might make you feel good. “It’s something that’s for everybody — regardless of skin colour or age.” Her voice is accompanied by a guitar, bass and piano. For the time being, Palmer’s doing things on her own with hired professionals, but plans to start her own band. An engaging, friendly and energetic person — Phoenix reflects Palmer’s personality. The songs are a range of styles, sounds and rhythms, but all are tied together with her captivating voice. Palmer will be performing at Music in the Park on July 8. For more information, visit www.musicfarapalmer.com.

The Vancouver Sun

Article #3: [2007 NAAA's] The 2007 NAAA (National Aboriginal Achievement Awards) was taped March 16 in Edmonton. It will be televised saturday on Global and the APTN specialty channel... "My best memory of that evening was seeing so many people who were friends of mine I hadn't seen in a while," Beach (Adam Beach- Flags of our Fathers actor) said... His favorite part of the show itself was a contemporary interpretative dance performance with Aboriginal singer Fara Palmer. "I thought it was really beautiful," Beach said. "It just showed that we have a lot of artists --actors, singers, dancers, musicians--who have done a lot with their lives. We just need more of our own people to become more involved and say, "Yes, we can accomplish our dreams in these types of occupations."

NATIONAL NEWS

Article #4: ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FILLED WITH TALENT AND SUCCESS Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium was the Aboriginal center of attention March 16, as the 14th National Aboriginal Achievement Awards honoured 14 of the country’s brightest stars. The high-profile extravaganza, which was featured nation-wide on March 31 on Global Television, is a must for anyone who’s never experienced it as it proved, once again, a mecca that attracted many of Aboriginal country’s “who’s who.”...Emceed by the captivating allure of one of Canada’s most adored Aboriginal actors, Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), his role was further complimented by the co-emceeing of Granny and Wind Dancer, puppet creations of the talented comedian DerRic Starlight from Alberta’s Tsuu T’ina First Nation and assisted by Doug Bedard... Again, too, the audience was treated to some of the nation’s top entertainers in music, song and dance. Showcased this year was the younger crop of rising vocal talent in the persons of Taima, Kinnie Starr and the group Breach of Trust (Marty Ballentyne) as well as the established, traditional vocal styling of veterans such as Fara Palmer, Andrea Menard and Leela Gilday. The crowd was absolutely enthralled by one of the early, opening acts, the feverish high energy and athletic dynamism exhibited by Conway Kootenay’s hip-hop group Red Power Squad. Rounding out the field of entertainment was the song/dance routine of the versatile Tamara Podemski. She was accompanied by the young choral group, Awasisak Nikamowak, from Edmonton’s Prince Charles School that is under the mentorship of educator and recording artist Sheryl Sewepagaham of the renowned group Asani.

American Indian Music Review: IKCE WICASTA -The Common People Journal

Article #5: FARA This beautiful Canadian songbird of Cree ancestry hails from Saskatchewan and now lives in Vancouver. If you haven't heard her name yet, it is only because she is one of Canada's best kept secrets. She is the winner of two awards at the most recent "Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards" held in Toronto in December 1999. Fara won in the Best Song category for her hit "Walk Away" from the CD titled "This Is My World," and was also awarded the Best Female Artist. In 1998, she was nominated for the highly coveted Juno Award, Canada's version of our Grammy's. Fara is also being considered as an opening act for the upcoming second annual Native American Music Festival to be held at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota in May 2000. Fara has come well into her own since singing on the same stage with Buffy St. Marie at the tender age of twelve. I am impressed by her full vocal range and harmonious sound. With a contemporary flair and excellent songwriting ability, Fara has a great future ahead in the music industry. Her music and songs are a blend of light funk, soft rock, and what i believe to be just the right amount of Native theme. Fara gets my very highest recommendation. Simply a MUST HAVE for all who appreciate great music of stardom quality. ***** 5 STARS!!!!

Weekend Outlook- Vancouver

Article #6: Henry Young caught his ticket to the big time when Nina Simone visited Vancouver back in the Sixties...his new CD titled Looking Back...works through an hour of music that includes emotive new takes on vintage ballads like...My Funny Valentine, and Body and Soul... Young's brilliant guest star on the album, Cree vocalist Fara Palmer, takes an already sophisticated production even higher. An electrifying talent, Fara Palmer's pairing with Young on the original "When You're Dancing" is a breathy, body-heat workout with major radio rotation written all over it. Palmer's ablitity to interpret lyrics is just plain dreamy...

Generation X: Christopher "Tyrone" Ross

Article #7: WHO IS FARA? That's probably what you're wondering right now. If you don't know she's Saskatchewan's own native pop diva. At only 26 she has made a career out of singing, and has become quite successful. Here is the exclusive interview that reveals the beautiful woman behind the beautiful voice. It was December, 1998, when I first heard about this new singer named Fara, it was at a talent show case that S.I.I.T. (Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies) was hosting. I met her backstage before her performance and did a quick interview. Even though i never heard her perform live before, or listened to her CD, I thought I had all the information that was needed to write a feature article. I guess I was wrong, after watching her perform, I was overwhelmed by her talents. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. Sure ther was Buffy Saint Marie and Susan Aglukark among the big names on the female native music scene, but never before has there been an artist quite like Fara. "Her music can relate to just about anyone, she sings about love, repect, good times and bad times, she's different." explains one music critic in Saskatoon. "She can sing in front of hundreds of youth and their parents, and entertain both generations." At only 26, she has found singing as a way to send a positive message to First Nations youth. For example, listen to "Walk Away" on her first album, "This Is My World". "It's a song about never walking away from your dreams and your beliefs, standing up for what you believe in and sharing that with others. And following a path that's true to your heart," explains Fara during the beginning of our interview. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, raised in Vancouver, BC and now residing on the Saulteaux  Reservation, Fara has lived a life where singing has become her career. Her first album, "This is my World" received great reviews when it first came out. She has performed at the National Achievement Awards, and for many N.B.A. games in the past two years. In the summer of 1999 her second album, "Prettybrown", is expected to be released across Canada in music stores everywhere. In the months to come, people should expect to hear a lot more about Fara. She is soon to be in the spotlight as a nationally known native artist.

1999 First Nations Awards Ceremony

Article #8: Dear Nominee: Congratulations! You have been selected as one of the top 3 candidates in the category of Arts&Entertainment for the 1999 First Nations Awards Ceremony to be held on October 16, 1999 at the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The awards were designed as a way to build self-esteem and pride for the First Nation Communities and to provide role models for First Nation youth. The First Nation Awards Ceremony is the highest honour that the First Nations Communities bestows upon its achievers. Those who will be honoured this evening have won recognition from their communities and they deserve Saskatchewan's applause. --------------------------------------------- Personal note added from me(fara palmer): That evening i won in the Arts & Entertainment category. It was both thrilling and just felt so darn goooooood. I am blessed that in my career I have been acknowledged by my people, honoured for the gift the creator has given me, and grateful to continue to be able to share it with all of you. with love, fara palmer

Indian Country Today - Arts & Entertainment

Article #9: CREE SONGBIRD'S LYRICS SOAR TO THE TOP: The Cree bombshell, Fara Jaylene Katcheech Palmer is slowly moving her way to the top of the Canadian music charts. Her music is a mix if R&B, soul and hip-hop sounds...Her Native influence embellishes contemporary pop music. "What emerges is a powerful, independent voice with an aura of positiveness that fairly evokes a world of heartfelt soul and glossy, adult contemporary pop music," as described by RPM magazine. Miss Palmer was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Vancouver Canada. She is leading the increasing number of rising contemporary American Indian musicians..."I always knew I wanted to sing from the earliest days," Miss Palmer said. She has also sung with Susan Aglukark, Shingoose, Willy Dunn, and others for the Children of the World, recording and video project created to instill aboriginal pride among Native youth. Stirring excitement within the American Indian community, she was discovered by John Kim Bell, former Toronto Symphony Orchestra conductor and president of the Canadian Native Arts Foundation. Mr. Bell had her sing her song "Walk Away" as the opening for the 1995 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards ceremony. She sang for Prince Charles at the MuchMusic's Stop Racism concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre... Her debut album "This Is My World" was recorded in 1996. The single from that album "Walk Away" was nominated for a Juno in the Best Music of Aboriginal Canada category...She is currently working on her second album...

Alberta Sweetgrass

Article #10: Fara Palmer, 25, wiping tears from her eyes and cheeks, explains: "This part of the song always touches me. Some of my lyrics speak so directly from my heart I am sensitive to them." The song "Pretty Brown", to which she weeps, is from her soon-to-be-released second CD. It is a song which shows the deep love of her People. "People heard it, I hope it entered their hearts too, " she said. Fara, a Cree from North Battleford, Sask., sang initially at the Toronto International Pow-wow and then during the Variety Show. Her songs carry a message of Native Peoples being strong, beautiful and vulnerable. Fara moved from North Battleford at age two to Vancouver and then the interior of B.C. where she grew up. She comes from a long line of people with alcohol problems and has chosen not to drink or do drugs. She attended a treatment centre, was introduced to sweats, and started to learn about the culture, history and ceremonies. This meant she had to deal with issues of hurt, pain, and things just from living on a reserve. "As I grew up it wasn't cool to get in touch with feelings or to cry. Anger and laughing was OK," she said. She began singing as soon as she could talk, singing with TV commercials and in talent shows. In Grade 10, she took six months of voice training. She has also taken six lessons with a jazz teacher. Her professional life began four years ago, and has been developing well. She believes she is where she is now because this is where the Creator intends her to be. When she performs she lets her words and feelings be guided by the Creator. She wants to be the instrument to convey what He wants. Fara writes her own songs and lyrics based on many of her experiences and her desire to make others feel better about their lives. She also uses her spirituality in speaking engagements at high schools, treatment centres and lifeskills programs. Her message to aspiring singers and songwriters is also a message to anyone: "If that's what truly inspires you, that's what brings you joy and is in your heart, never give up. Believe in yourself. You have to work hard. It doesn't land in your lap. If it does, you're extremely blessed and hopefully you recongnize that and use your gifts well." Fara is riding the wave of her debut album released in 1997. "This Is My World", easily competes with the contemporary rhythms and lyrics of any play list on Top 40 radio stations. There's a little Mariah Carey, some Gloria Estefan, a little bit of Janet Jackson...in...her songs. The CD is a great listen, sounding like you've heard it before the first time you put it on.

The Chilliwack Progress

Article #11: Fara doesn't walk into a room- she makes an entrance. She's late. She rushes into the studio, greeting everyone with a hug and a warm smile, talking a mile a minute. Dressed in a loose fitting cotton dress, her face clean of makeup, Fara's natural beauty is more radiant then even the glamorous black and white photos that complete her promo package. Fara Jaylene Katcheech Palmer is recording her second CD at Beat Productions in Chilliwack - the follow up to This Is My World. The single "Walk Away" from that CD earned Fara a Juno Nomination in the Best Music of Aboriginal Canada category. Another highlight was presenting Shania Twain her Juno. Since only 10 categories of the awards program are televised, it was considered a sign of acceptance into the Canadian music world. Although her Cree ancestry qualified her for the category, her music is not what many Canadians have come to expect from aboriginal artists. Fara's talent allows her the musical freedom to croon slow and sexy in the style of a 40's chantuese, or sing rythym and blues in the genre of Toni Braxton or Whitney Houston. She plays down the fact she sang for Prince Charles at the recent MuchMusic's Stop Racism concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, where she was introduced by Much as "Canada's newest rising star." "I sang for the cause, not the Prince. I couldn't even see him from the stage. I sang for the people," she says matter-of-factly. With an attitude like that it's no surprise when she mentions she's in the middle of a move to Yale, BC. "It's no problem living in Yale, and it's closer for working with Chuck. I'll just continue to work on my music from there. It's peaceful." Chuck Brickley is the song-writer/producer from Hope who is collaborating with her on this second release, along with producer Peter Kigour. Pretty Brown is (a)..song to be included on the CD. Co-written with Fara and producer Peter Kilgour, they're hoping the message of strength it's meant to bring reaches many children, especially of First Nations. "I never felt good about my heritage until I met my role model. She changed my life. Now I want to be that role model and show children they can be what they want to be," says Fara. Mr. Kilgour, the owner of Beat Productions, says his Chilliwack location hasn't slowed him down at all since his move from the city several years ago...Mr.Kilgour says he's working more and more with established artists from the city as the studio's reputation grows but is especially thrilled to be working with the talented Fara. "Listen to that voice," he says, cranking up the sound system until the room is filled with Fara's voice. "She can do anythings she wants to do. Starting from here."

RPM

Article #12: FARA - This Is My World - Blackmoon Records A long standing contributing voice to the arts community in Canada, Fara Jaylene Katcheech Palmer is just now letting her solo talents be heard and recognised. At age (twelve) she found herself sharing a stage with Buffy St. Marie, a performance which opened up the door to subsequent vocal stints with Susan Aglukark, Shingoose and Willy Dunn. Consequently, the singer's obvious gift has been readily recognised by the Canadian Native Arts Foundation and by more of Canada's top recording artists, after her voice was solicited to appear on the David Foster song River of Love alongside Dan Hill, Amy Sky and Roch Voisine. It is not surprising that the Vancouver born singer of Cree Native Indian heritage traces her musical influences to names like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Billy Holiday, and Dinah Washington...This is my World is the aptly titles album that concentrates Fara's musical interests into a succinct twelve song list embellished by spanish, dance and native flourishes within the contemporary pop songwriting that is her mainstay. A graceful and artistically exceptional album that we expect will place Fara within the orbit of some of those names she performed with.

Reference Letter: National Indian Brotherhood

Article #13: LETTER OF REFERENCE This letter is to acknowledge and support the career endeavors of Fara Palmer. I have had the pleasure to be in attendance at several of Ms. Fara Palmer's performances, most particularly at the Assembly of First Nations Annual Banquet dinner and at several National Aboriginal Achievement Award programs. Fara possesses an amazing talent and is very proud of her First Nations background and her Cree culture. She serves as a role model at workshops, seminars and conferences for our First Nations youth. As well Fara has contributed to First Nations community awareness by being a participant on a national video in an effort to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS. She is an asset to our First Nations people and is to be commended for her work. Fara's recent album - Prettybrown showcases an assortment of talent. In this particular album she sings about the residential school experience in a manner that many of our First Nations people can easily relate. She tackles this tough issue in a profound and mature manner. In particular TO BRING BACK YESTERDAY, demonstrates her song writing ability, it is a healing song that offers a sense of closure to all who have carried their own personal pains when coming to terms with their own residential school experience. She is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work, determination, talent and good will. I offer my regards and best wishes to her for her for all that she has achieved and for her future endeavors. I am pleased to contribute a letter of reference on behalf of Ms. Fara Palmer. Sincerely, Phil Fontaine National Chief

Reference letter: Prince Rupert Secondary School

Article #14: LETTER OF REFERENCE The following is a letter of reference for Fara Palmer, a singer and songwriter who made two appearances at Prince Rupert Secondary School on February 10, 1998 as a First Nations role model. I observed Ms. Palmer during each of her sessions, and was struck by the way she adapted her presentations to the age and mood of the group of students attending, and how she managed to establish a relationship with them very quickly. She spoke from her heart and her messages were serious, meaningful and thoughtfully received by our students. With the younger group she spoke about the danger and despair of a life consumed by alcohol and drugs; with the older students she spoke about finding a direction and setting goals. She used humour and song effectively, and invited and responded well to questions from the students. I found that she was one of the best speakers that we have had in our school as far as the appropriateness of her message and the effectiveness of her delivery. Yours truly, Kathleen Bedard Principal

Reference letter: First Nations Education Services, School District 52

Article #15: LETTER OF REFERENCE FOR WORKSHOP I am writing to thank you(fara's manager) for your help in arranging Fara's visit to the North Coast. I also want to let you know that her participation in our school district's First Nations Role Model Program went extremely well. After performing for a near-capacity crowd in our Performing Arts Centre on Sunday night, Fara spent the next two days connecting with more than 800 students in our schools. We had scheduled seven school appearances in two days, a grueling schedule, which she took on with enthusiasm and dedication. Of course, her singing voice is incredible. But I was also impressed by her ability to relate to teen-aged students on their own terms. She has a lot to share. I believe her thoughtful honest comments will make a real difference for some of these students. She was willing to answer all their questions, and provide an inspiring and solid example of what determination and strong values can lead toward, in one's career and life. Her passion for music, her strong connection with her cultural roots, and her determination to succeed were all very evident, and contagious. In each school, clusters of students stayed after her talk to share their own experiences and ask for her autograph, while some brought her their specific career-oriented questions. In each situation, she gave the students her attention most generously. We would be happy to consider having her back at some time in the future. It would be good for her to have a chance to visit our three schools located in smaller coastal village communities. Please feel free to share this letter with others. Yours truly, Dan Rubin Sm'algyax Language Curriculum Developer Prince Rupert School District

Thank you letter from Secretary of State

Article #17: LETTER OF APPRECIATION The Stop Racism National Video Competition Awards Ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on March 24, 1998, has become a special memory that continues to convey a sense of excitement. Artists coming together and publicly leading the fight against racial discrimination in Canada create an energy that is hard to match. The event crystallizes a spirit of co-operation and harmony that will provide a model for Canadians and, in particular, youth. The event was truly a team effort with everyone using their time and talents for an important cause, and your participation was a key component. Music and technology are the common language of today's youth and you are the dynamic messenger...Your willingness to lend your time and talents...is greatly appreciated. I hope that you will continue to speak out against racism in Canada and around the world. Please accept my best wishes, Yours Sincerely, The Honourable Hedy Fry P.C., M.P.

Woyenne Youth Committee

Article #18: WORKSHOP REQUEST LETTER Dear: Ms. Palmer Re: "Strengthening our youth, Shall strengthen our future" Lake Babine Nation is one of the largest First Nations in this province. The youth of the Lake Babine Nation have participated in a few different conferences, workshops and meetings; but they have never had the opportunity to participate in setting up a large conference. We are now fortunate to host an Aboriginal Youth Conference...This conference will focus on educating our youth in areas of Health and Treaty. The GOAL of the conference is to ensure that we provide ample opportunity for the youth to learn the skills and abilities needed to build self-esteem and self-respect as First Nations individuals. This event will also provide the avenues to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to ensure the youth learn and participate in the Social and Political realms of their nation. I am writing on behalf of the Lake Babine First Nations to formally invite you as a speaker, to provide the opportunity for our First Nations brothers and sisters to interact with the people that have already successfully accomplished what you have strived for in life. It is vital not only in today's society but for the future that we educate our youth for they are the leaders of tomorrow. In closing, I would like to thank you for your time and consideration and to assure your involvement will be benificial to many. Your aide is admired in showing that the youth of tomorrow will be great leaders, such as yourself. Mussi Cho'. Respectfully, Deanna Brown, Youth Conference Worker

Role Model: Fara follows the Red Road, The Daily News, Prince Rupert, B.C.

Article #19: Fara Jaylene Katcheech Palmer is cold and tired. She yawns and shivers in the Roosevelt school gym, waiting for the kids to come. It's been a long day for the Cree singer. She has been through an 8 a.m. interview with CBC, an hour-long session at Seal Cove School, another hour at Kaien Island Alternative School, and now she's at Roosevelt for the afternoon and the Daily News is asking her questions. Her Monday schedule follows a performance to a jam-packed Performing Arts Centre on Sunday night. Despite her fatigue, Fara smiles and answers the questions politely. She was born (in) the prairie town of North Battleford, Sask. When she was three-years-old her family moved to Vancouver. At 10, they moved to Kamloops, and Fara was back in Vancouver by the time she was 16-years-old. She went to Kitsilano Secondary and graduated in 1990. "Ever since I could talk," she says, "I've wanted to be a singer." And, over the years, Fara's performance career has seen her pursue that goal with a singular focus. She sang on the same stage as Buffy St. Marie, alongside Susan Aglukark, Shingoose, and Willy Dunn, among others. Since then, everything has been fast and furious in Fara's career. She opened the 1995 Aboriginal Achievement Awards in Vancouver with her song Walk Away. She later sang the song in a national broadcast on Canada Day. Her CD This Is My World was recorded in 1996 and she has been touring steadily throughout Canada since its release. But, it may never have happened for Fara. Seven years ago, Palmer explains, she was a binge drinker and had occasional blackouts. "I came close to being an alcoholic," Fara admits. Her mother, Maryann Katcheech, showed Fara that alcohol doesn't have to become a lifestyle. "Mom made life changes and because of the model she was showing me, I did the same. She's an excellent example of how to walk(the Red Road)," Fara says...By performing and speaking to native and non-native children in Prince Rupert and across B.C., Fara hopes she can teach them to not be limited by stereotypes and to make the right decisions regarding alcohol and drugs. "I want them to remember that they are kids and to have fun. You can be anything you want to be." If anybody can show them, it's Palmer. At 25-years-old, Fara has big dreams. She wants to win a Juno, a Grammy, record a few more CD's, get a live band for her shows complete with singers and dancers, write children's books, get involved with film and film production and eventually have kids. "They're all doable," she says of her goals. "I want to have a recording studio for sure. Nobody can hear full what's in my head except me." As for kids, it seems to be a question of continuing tradition for Fara. "I want my clan to go on. I want my family to go on."