On this episode, Ansley Simpson, an Anishinaabe singer-songwriter, shares the power behind her debut CD ‘Breakwall,’ a roots meets electronica collaboration with a magic sound.
Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe speaker, label rep, and singer-songwriter known for her poetic lyrics, deeply moving vocal-only performances, and dream-like arrangements. Nominated for two 2018 Indigenous Music Awards and winner of “Best New Artist” and founder of Indigenous Label Gizhiiwe, her debut album “Breakwall” is a gentle, powerful collection of songs that showcase her lilting vocals, clear melodic sensibility, and intricate guitar playing to moving effect.
She is a natural performer, and passionate speaker holding audiences spellbound with story-telling embedded both in and out of her songs. Ansley’s lyrical hymns to love, perseverance, and possibility entwine you in an unfolding, sonic world of her own making. This is music to guide you back to the shore, when you’ve been lost too long in the waves.
“Breakwall is a swelling, soft symphony of emotion that builds in gentle intensity over the course of the album’s nine tracks.”