Twin Flames Bio
Indie rock, synth rock, and folk-pop are just a few of the ways critics have tried to label the music of Twin Flames. It isn’t an easy task and really, labels only serve the needs of those who choose to employ them. From the beginning, husband and wife duo Chelsey June and Jaaji have chosen to let their music speak for itself. And when considered alongside the nearly 30 various music awards and nominations they have accumulated over the past six years as Twin Flames, it is obvious they have something special going on.
Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree heritage) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik and Kahnawake, are part of an Indigenous renaissance. Their cultural backgrounds span Canada’s geography and their songs, delivered through a mix of English, French and Inuktitut, have helped them earn a unique place among contemporary music makers from coast to coast. Their humour on stage is often unexpected and a welcome comedic relief when discussing darker issues, combined with impeccable storytelling Twin Flames allows audiences to feel a truly human connection.
Twin Flames Build bridges across cultures, continents, and styles and are long celebrated for their sonic landscapes spanning Canada and the Arctic. Twin Flames, brings together a richness of personal history and musical experience, 2x Canadian Folk Music Award recipients for Aboriginal Songwriters of the year and 3x Native American Music Award winners and most recently 3X Winners for the Inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards. Their songs tell stories of courage and survival. A beloved powerhouse with 30 Music award Nominations and having played more than 1000+ shows throughout Canada, Greenland, the United States, Australia and France they are well on their way to becoming a Canadian household name. Using unique sounds, Indigenous Spirit flutes, traditional drums and western instruments, synthesizing harmonies, they offer a truly unique experience. Before combining their talents under the title of Twin Flames, Chelsey June and Jaaji had their own respective award-winning and nominated careers; they met on-set during the filming of APTN’s TAM (Talent Autochtones Musical) in 2014.
Chelsey June - Lead Vocal and Songwriter
"Music is my life and my passion. Writing songs is my way of expressing myself and healing not only myself but the generations before me. Reconciliation to me is writing music and having it be heard, educating audiences around the world and helping people to have open hearts and open minds. Music has a way of reaching people in a way that nothing else does. My hope is to always leave a positive footprint."
Chelsey June has been capturing the hearts of audiences with her soulful voice and unique songwriting skills. Chelsey grew up in Ottawa/Gatineau with her mother who was from Maniwaki she spent her childhood surrounded by music, it was this early introduction to a wide variety of songs that helped shape her unique sound and style. She is a proud métis woman and is an advocate for mental health, healthy relationships, and sober living. Chelsey June is the lead female voice/songwriter for Multi-award winning, chart-topping Indigenous folk artists Twin Flames. The husband and wife duo of Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik, are long celebrated for their sonic landscapes spanning Canada and the Arctic, and honouring their ancestors through song in English, Inuttitut and French.
Jaaji - Lead Vocal and Songwriter
PRONOUNCED: Yaah Yee
"When I go through difficult times in my life or feel down, I often write or pick up my guitar. I automatically feel better and that translates to my music. I hope that when people feel that way they can listen to my songs and know they are not alone. "
Jaaji is an Inuit name derived from the English name George. Jaaji grew up in a humble little community called Quaqtaq in Northern Nunavik where he was raised by his Grandparents with the Traditional ways of the Inuit. Many of his influence in songwriting depict life on the land. Jaaji spent his summers as a child with his biological father in Kahnawake, a reserve of the traditionally Iroquoian-speaking Mohawk nation on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. He was raised in two different worlds and cultures. He is an advocate for language revitalization and preservation, passionate about including the Inuttitut language in his songs.
A former police officer in Canada's Arctic it was only in 2014 that Jaaji decided to commit to music full time and see where it would take him. With his first Album Nunaga he won Indigenous Album of the year at 2015 Indigenous music awards. Jaaji is the lead Male voice and songwriter for the Multi-award winning, chart-topping Indigenous folk artists Twin Flames. The husband and wife duo made up of Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik, are long celebrated for their sonic landscapes spanning Canada and the Arctic, and honouring their ancestors through song in English, Inuttitut and French.
Our Amazing Band Family!
Twin Flames Musicians Bio’s
Mike Giamberardino (Bass Player and Synth) is a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer. He has a decade of performing experience and knowledge which he puts into every project he is a part of. He has played and recorded with many successful Canadian music acts such as award winning composer Lora Bidner, Bytown Lights, Malak, Bella Cat,Tribe Royal, and more recently Twin Flames. Mike has opened for acts such as Sam Roberts, The Zombies, The Peptides and many more. He has also been on the lineup for Ottawa Bluesfest and the Ottawa Jazz Festival on several occasions. Mike believes that performance goes beyond just the instrumentation which is why he delivers high energy entertainment as well as great sounding music in all his performance work. Mike holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Troy Huizinga (Lead Guitarist keyboardist) is an accomplished songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist, based out of Ottawa, Ontario. He is a founding member of the Indie-Rock quartet, High Waters, and has released 3 EPs, a full-length LP, and is currently in the creation phase of a second, full-length record with the group. He writes and performs with singer-songwriter Shaun Francisco, his old bandmate from the group Autumn’s Cannon, in addition to writing and performing his own solo material. Troy has toured extensively in both the US and Canada, performing at festivals alongside such luminaries as Tom Petty, The Zombies, Wintersleep, The National, Rural Alberta Advantage, Mudhoney, The War on Drugs, Sleepy Sun, Five Alarm Funk, Ohbijou, J Cole, and The Sheepdogs. In 2019 Huizinga proudly joined the award-winning, Indigenous folk duo, Twin Flames, as a touring guitar and keyboardist. Outside of creating and performing, Huizinga feels called to positively influence, impact and inspire his musical community through his love of teaching.”
Jason Watts (Drummer), From Ottawa, is a talented musician with an incredible sense of rhythm and harmony. With more than 20 years of experience, Jay is an accomplished drummer and singer. He actually started as a DJ as a teenager and shortly after that turned his attention to percussion. From rock to pop, blues to metal, Jay has played it all. As a member of various bands throughout the years (Hearts&Mines, R-Mistake), in support of multiple full-length albums and EPs, Jay has toured from coast to coast and continues to tour from small dive bars to festival stages. He has played over 1,500 shows and counting! Oh, the stories! Jay has had the pleasure of working with some really cool people over the years, like producers Jordon Zadorozny (Sam Roberts, Blinker the Star, Hole, Melissa Auf Der Maur) and Terry Brown (Rush). He has shared the stage with great musical acts like Blue Rodeo, Mother-Mother, 3 Days Grace, Alan Frew (Glass Tiger), Thornely, Default, Matt Mays and El Torpedo, Ill Scarlet, and Twin Flames, just to name a few. Jay is even a member of the Ottawa chapter of “The Hitmen Drumline”. Jay gets his inspiration from such legendary drummers as Buddy Rich, Dave Grohl, Phil Collins, Carter Beauford and Travis Barker just to name a few. Jay's showmanship, energy and inner metronome make him a great drummer. His love of people, passion for music, and love of life make him a great musician.