DESCRIPTION: May all who listen rest in peace and safety beneath my wings. May all who feel the lyrics in your heart, take with you wings of comfort. These songs are a contemporary and traditional compilation of years of walking the good red road in always challenging, yet spiritually uplifting circumstances. The Ancestors often have dramatic (and humorous) ways of letting me know what to do, when to do it, how to do it, who to do it with, and what not to do - time matters not to them, it is our invention, not theirs. They were the ones who decided the time was right for me put my voice behind what I believe in and to celebrate some of the teachings of my culture. Wilwilaaysk. All My Relations.
SHANNON THUNDERBIRD is descended from the wise people of the Coast Tsimshian First Nation (Northern British Columbia). She is an International Speaker/Educator, Singer-Songwriter, Author, and Traditional Teacher on Indigenous Culture, History and Spirituality. She is both a guardian of cultural traditions and a vivid contemporary performer. Over the years she has delivered nearly fifteen hundred memorable performances to thousands of people.
As Artistic Director of Teya Peya Productions, which she founded in 1991, she is dedicated to the elevation of the human spirit through time-honoured medicine wheel teachings, in other words, "Soul Speak." Using a combination of Arts and Education as the basis for presentations in schools, she offers a circle of entertaining, educational and alternative programs that promote and celebrate First Nations cultural teachings, history and human spirituality in a contemporary manner, that reaches people of all ages, and cultures. She takes audiences on inspirational and often humorous journeys of self-discovery. She is a classically trained singer, whose emotionally powerful voice sings of the wisdom and knowledge of ages past.
As a Speaker, using wit and wisdom she challenges people to alter and elevate the way they look at life. Medicine wheel/Character Education, Cultural & Human Diversity issues offer a universal message of hope, inclusiveness and inter-connectedness. She has touched the hearts of audiences all over the world as they are introduced to the relevance of the enriching and often magical messages from North America's First People.
SANDY HORNE is a Singer/Songwriter and one of Canada’s top female electric bass players. She is a founding member of the Juno-nominated, iconic (1980s) Canadian band, ‘Spoons’. She has performed all over Canada and the United States. In 2003, she joined forces with Shannon Thunderbird and tours with her in numerous productions, including, Sweet Thunder Medicine Wheel, Eagle Thunder Medicine Wheel, Thunder Wolf Big Drums and Vocals, Thunder Rolling In The Mountains and their popular musical, Daughter of the Copper Shield. She is also a member of the Thunderbird Native Cultural Theatre, Teya Peya Production's full theatre group.
As a duo, Shannon and Sandy have written powerful music that seeks always to elevate Indigenous people. Their first CD together, "Wind Centre" is a direct result of their close friendship, artistic collaboration, beautiful singing voices and dedication to all things Indigenous.