Kelly Amaujaq Fraser
Inuk Pop Singer & Motivational Speaker
In memoriam, 1993-2019
In memoriam, we share a video of Kelly Amaujaq Fraser filmed during the 2019 Sedna Epic women’s leadership program, ocean research and winter snorkel expedition to Norway’s Arctic region, some 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
Kelly performs a traditional Inuit song welcoming the sun back following 24 hours of darkness during the Arctic winter.
An award-winning Inuk pop singer from Nunavut, Canada, Kelly died by suicide in December 2019. We are all deeply saddened by the death of Kelly, friend and beloved member of Team Sedna. Kelly was passionate about Inuit culture and worked tirelessly to inspire and empower Inuit youth across the Arctic. She left this world far too early, at the age of 26 years. The silence she leaves behind is palpable…
Kelly’s modern approach—an innovative blend of a pop, rap and throat singing—created her signature sound. She created pop/dance music in English and Inuktitut. Kelly started touring the Arctic/North America at 19 after becoming a pop sensation for her translated pop covers like “Diamonds” by Rihanna and original music from her first rock/pop album “Isuma” in 2014.
Kelly’s sophomore album “Sedna”, released in 2017, was nominated for Indigenous Album of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards and Best Pop Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards.
In “Sedna”, Kelly sings as if she is Sedna the Inuit Sea Goddess and seamlessly mixes pop and traditional Inuit music with singing, rapping, dancing, drum dancing and throat singing using heavy hitting lyrics on issues Inuit face and their resiliency.
She released dance hit “Disco Club” in 2018 and also been featured by Juno-nominated EDM throat singing group Silla and Rise on their recent album “Galactic Gala” on a song called “Matriarch Ft Kelly Fraser” in 2019.
A motivational speaker and song-writing teacher, Kelly helped organize Nunavut Hitmakerz, a project which gives Inuit youth opportunities to learn drum dancing and how to write songs in Inuktitut to strengthen Inuit culture. She won a 2019 Indspire Award for this work.
In the summer of 2019, Kelly’s single “Rebound Girl” achieved Number One on a music chart called the Indigenous Music Countdown. The Rebound Girl music video features Kelly and LA actor /singer PJ Vegas who plays Kelly’s romantic link. The storyline has Kelly warning another girl (played by herself) to not become a “Rebound Girl”. The music video is filmed with a live performance with Kelly backed by dancers from the Aboriginal School of Dance, which is owned and choreographed by award-winning choreographer
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