Sixteen-year-old Emma Stevens has been singing and performing for most of her life and recently became a recording artist with the release of My Unama’ki, a celebration of Emma’s indigenous heritage and a love song for her home of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.
To raise awareness during the United Nations observance of The International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) Emma recorded Paul Mc Cartney’s poignant Blackbird in her native language Mi’kmaq, a language with less than 10,000 living native speakers. Since its release in April 2019 Blackbird and its accompanying music video have garnered wide international media attention and helped draw attention to the revitalize of endangered indigenous languages around the world.
Emma is working on a variety of musical projects including original songs and music videos. She is also preparing for a number of performances including an appearance on National Aboriginal Day, 2019 in to be held in Canada’s capital city Ottawa.
Emma resides in Eskasoni, First Nation, the largest indigenous community in Eastern Canada.