KELOWNA, BC – Kelowna’s own Kelly Derrickson will headline the 2019 Okanagan Music Festival at Gellatly Fields and Johnson Bentley Memorial Park on Sunday, July 7th at 8:15 pm. The festival itself is the first of its kind and will take place during the weekend of July 6th and 7th, celebrating indigenous dance, music, arts and storytelling.

Kelly will perform We Are Love. This summer rock anthem celebrates the life-giving power of women and the love of our Creator. It is an uplifting, inspiring, powerful tribute to…you! Check it out here.

Kelly is an accomplished musician who has been recognized for years at the Native American Music Awards for best female artist, best music video, best country recording, and many more. She was recognized there as Best Female Artist for two consecutive years, in 2017 and 2018. No other artist has repeated that honor in consecutive years. Her works feature issues of life, both hardships and joys experienced by indigenous people across North America.

She studied music and earned her degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music for Music Business and Performing Arts. She won the 2015 Coachella Valley Music Award for Best Country Artist and won Best New Artist at the 2015 and 2016 Indigenous Music Awards.

Kelly is on in rotation on Sirius XM Radio on channel 165 and her music is played on over 1200 radio stations in North America. She is daughter of Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson . What her father has worked to accomplish through leadership and politics, Kelly has worked to accomplish through music.  They have both spent their lives working to advance the interests and improve conditions for Canada’s indigenous people. An example of Kelly and her father’s leadership and concern for indigenous young people can be found in Suicide Song, co-written by both of them. I Am (Mother Nature) celebrates nature, but is a warning that it cannot be endlessly violated.  Idle No More is pure activism, a musical rally against the pollution of Canada’s native lands.

Kelly delights in pleasing indigenous and non-indigenous fans alike. In September, 2018, she performed alongside The Killers and other top talent at Skookum, Vancouver’s premier music and arts festival.

In addition to Kelly, the lineup includes Joey StylezMs PanikMob BounceKelly Fraser, and many others. Kelly also gratefully acknowledges the organizers who made this festival possible, including Jenny Lee Money; president, Danielle Crowe; vice president; Tina Larouche; treasurer, Barbara Jagodics; artistic director, Hayley Cawston; cultural director, and Dani Lion; tent manager and artist,

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