Despite polar opposite backgrounds Twin Flames found a common musical language. This captivating duo combines two award-winning unique singer-songwriters Jaaji an Inuk Mohawk from Nunavik and Chelsey June an Algonquin Cree Métis from Ottawa. Twin Flames takes the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic, they echo the voices of their ancestors and depict life on the land as they sing songs in English, Inuktitut and French. They leave audiences fascinated, intrigued and inspired.
They released their debut joint album Twin Flames Jaaji and Chelsey June December 1, 2015, at Cabaret la Basoche where they were chosen as favourite upcoming artists. This powerful husband-wife duo won the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year. Their self-titled album Jaaji & Chelsey June received a total of 5 nominations from several different award platforms which included:
Native American Music Awards in the United States:
Best Folk Recording
Debut Duo of the Year
Independent Music Awards: Best Indigenous Artists
Indigenous Music Awards 2017: Best Folk Album
Their debut album also made it to the top of music charts the song Porchlight reached #1 on The Indigenous Music Countdown top 40. The husband-wife duo has now played over 700 shows in less than three years with performances that have taken them across Canada, The Arctic and The United States. What started as small flame has turned into a raging fire one that is staying lit in the hearts of fans and listeners. They write with a passion that comes from their souls and transcends into their musical creations.
In June 2017 they released their much anticipated second album Signal Fire. Signal Fire has gained much recognition. They won Aboriginal Songwriters of the year for the second time at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards. They have also won Two Native American Music Awards for Best Folk Album and Best Duo.
Other nominations this year include
3 Categories Canadian Folk Music Awards:
Vocal Group of the Year
World Group of the Year
Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year
3 Categories for the Teweikan Music Awards:
Best Folk Band
Album of the year
2018 Indigenous Music Awards
Folk Album of the year
3 Categories at the 2018 Indian Summer Music Awards
Best Folk Album
Best Pop song
Best Native American Vocal
7 Nominations in the United States for the Native American Music Awards the most ever awarded to one artist in the history of the Awards!
Record of the Year
Duo of the Year
Song of the Year ( Rise Up)
Best Americana Recording
Best Folk Recording
Best Historical/Linguistic Performance
Best Music Video Recording Performance “Broke Down Ski’Tuuq
This marks the 17th nomination for Signal Fire this year.
Fun Fact: The music Video "Broke Down Ski'tuuq nominated Best Music Video Recording Performance is the first Inuttitut music video to make it into best Music video Category! Twin Flames are so proud and honored to represent our cultures and diversity through music.
Before Twin Flames:
At the 2015 Indigenous music Awards, Jaaji’s album Nunaga won best Indigenous Language/Francophone Album of the year and Chelsey’s Album Finding me was nominated best Folk Album. Twin Flames is a combination of both their talents.
Jaaji and Chelsey met in the summer of 2014 during the filming of the television series TAM (Talent Autochtones Musicaux) for APTN which both were chosen to appear. Their voices matched one another perfectly right from the start creating soothing melodic harmonies. The two then decided to form Twin Flames. Together they prove that music should be about how it makes the listener feel. With thought-provoking songs, they gently educate audiences on realities of Indigenous and Inuit history and current issues.