“New Journeys” encompasses a unique and compelling combination of musical traditions that has never been done before. Renowned classical composer Bruce Ruddell arranged and produced the songs which are sung in the Haida language, combining traditional sounds with world music instrumentation. “New Journeys” showcases the melodic voice of Williams-Davidson embedded into a landscape of percussion, piano, guitar and strings. The result is stirring.
The broad vision for the “New Journeys” CD is to create music that bridges two cultures and helps people of different backgrounds to connect with each other reflecting the current need in Canadian society to reach reconciliation with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.
2011 Music Awards Nominations
Aboriginal Peoples Choice
• Best Folk | Acoustic CD
• Single of the Year
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
• Best Female Artist winner
• Best Folk | Acoustic Album
• Best Songwriter
Canadian Folk Music Awards
• Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
• World Solo Artist of the Year
Mr. Ruddell produced a thirteen CD box site titled:The Haida Songs Project for the Haida Songs Society. This historic project included digitizing all of the known Haida song recordings as well as recording live, more than a hundred traditional songs sung by Guujaaw, Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson, Reg Davidson, Marianne Jones and Robert Davidson. Visit www.haidagwaiisingers.ca to listen to or purchase the anthology.