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Nashville Trip  

After getting the call to head down to Nashville there was very little time to waste and when there is quick change that also brings quick opportunity. Marcella and I drove to North Dakota and flew from there and since it’s been more than a minute since I flew the doggy bag for nausea was my best friend. We had 6 days to make the best of our trip so we wrote 4 songs, met the amazing people behind the record label and planned out attack on the cities best sites. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, walked Broadway, did the backstage tour at The Grand Ol Opry and of course had to take in a good old hockey game. There were a lot of times when I didn’t feel worthy and still to this day I don’t know why I chosen but I will do my best and when the time comes we will be there on stage doing what it is we are destined to do with living my life’s purpose. I am a compassionate warrior leading others through knowledge wisdom and healing to help light up the world. To watch a quick clip of the trip please Click HERE


Dakota Dunes Staycation 

We invite you to discover an experience like no other with our Staycation Series. Once monthly, leave the stresses and worries of the city life behind, and take in the warm and cozy atmosphere of the hotel, and the inspired culinary dishes that await you at Moose Woods Home Fire Grill. 

Situated just 20 minutes south of Saskatoon on traditional Whitecap Dakota Unceded Territory, Dakota Dunes Resort welcomes guests to a modern event destination that offers world-class hospitality and an authentic Indigenous experience.

Jarrid Lee will be performing an intimate and interactive acoustic show for attendees of the event. 
Click HERE for more info


We are back on the Indigenous Music Countdown chart with “Its Time” featuring Marc L.J and climbing steady. 

The Indigenous Music Countdown is hosted by Roz McIvor, who spotlights today’s best new Indigenous music and shares interviews from artists who range from several genres including; hip-hop, rock, country, alternative, rock, folk and pop/dance. 

NCI has been producing Canada’s longest running Indigenous music chart program since 2000.

In May 2017 NCI FM unveiled a new logo and name once again. The change to the Indigenous Music Countdown is a modern change, freshening up the feel of the almost 20 year old program. The name change also is more inclusive, widening our network past Canada, to around the world. The Indigenous Music Countdown is adamant their goal is and aways will be to promote and further indigenous music. The Indigenous Music Countdown can be heard worldwide on our Soundcloud, Sirius XM, and 12 Canada wide radio stations including NCI FM.

We can vote daily for Jarrid Lee HERE

Knowing Our Spirits 

While attending an annual conference in Edmonton Alberta I was asked to help present a lifetime achievement award to Willie Littlechild who sits on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada as a lawyer. During this time I presented Willie with a song that in short helps tell the story of what happened here in Canada with residential school. The song “It’s Time” will be featured as a symbol for hope in a presentation conducted by Willie and will be presented to 69 different countries worldwide. Take a look at the conference highlights at the link below. Global News story cover by Sarah Komadina


#2 Top Active Indie Artist for the week  

Sitting along side names like Cole Swindell, The Tea Party, and Taylor Swift for the week of Nov 21st - 27th Jarrid Lee is amongst the top names coming from a Yangaroo DMDS radio report. #2 most active indie artist Jarrid Lee was mentioned in a recent Instagram post from Yangaroo Canada and is excited to announce new single “All Night” is actively being downloaded, streamed and played by Canadian Country Radio stations across the nation. 
Click on the link below to watch the short video 



"It's Time" is a 6 song album that has Jarrid walking a fine line between modern country and something new that can only be described as new Indigenous Country Music. 3 single tracks that have up beat two stepping on one hand and a deep grassroots connection to Jarrid's Iyiniw upbringing on the other hand. Here is a brief description of the album. 

Song 1. Let’s Get Gone (Single) - features world renowned fiddle player and award winning multi instrumentalist Jake Clayton from Nashville Tennessee sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in Country Music Jake elevates this song to new heights. Let's Get gone can be found on CBC Country channel 171 on Sirius XM and has also reached the Indigenous Music Countdown peaking at #8 and the Canadian Indie Country Countdown at #12.

Song 2. Good Man Down - I wrote this song after too many people telling me how to live my life... and yes with those all time favorite words (you should.) It seems that the older I get the more I get to decide what it is that I want to do with my life and there comes a time when you just have to say you can't keep a good man down and move forward.

Song 3. It’s Time- This song is the feature track off the whole album and was written 2 years ago with the sole intent of sharing what negative ripple effects are still present in today's society. It's time was written for Sept 30th's orange shirt day which is now known as Canada's Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Song is a unique blend of traditional hand drumming that represents the heartbeat we all hear from birth and features Indigenous Singer Marcus Longjohn.

Song 4. The Addict- This song was written last year for National Addictions Awareness Week and it touches on a lot of issues that people face today and there is hope for everyone all it takes is a helping hand and the will to change.

Song 5. All night (Single) A top 40 country song that tells the story of a boy meets girl, they fall in love have a family and grandkids. Their lives would all be changed forever and it started with just one kiss that took the boy all night. Based on a true story my good friend lost her husband to cancer and with her permission this is their song. All Night will be released in November with proceeds going towards men's cancer awareness.

Song 6. My best friend featuring "Chief & Council" no not that C&C but Jarrid's band of brothers that have been backing up Jarrid for the past few years is a song that tells the story of losing two very important people in Jarrid's life. Catch award winning Indigenous talent on this track with a nice touch of the northern sound we all grew up on.

CLICK HERE for the link to buy your copy of the album or save it to your playlist.


My new debut single “It’s Time” was by far the hardest song to write with the true intent shedding light on the history of residential school and its lasting effect. This song will be the feature single off my new album It’s Time and it is now available on all digital platforms and we did also include our unofficial music video that is available to view now on YouTube.
With Phyllis Webstad’s story triggering how her orange shirt got ripped from her and replaced with residential school scrubs this started a movement and helped inspire hope. This event which has in fact turned into a national holiday was a call to action utilized to commemorate the lost ones and honour the survivors. I first went to a residential school when I was 3 years old after it was taken over from my grandparents and numerous elders from surrounding reserves and communities that was turned into a high school.
This place was where we went to day care and it was also a place where we had to learn the English language knowing we would need it if we wanted to survive in this world. No I don’t have any bad stories about this place however the stories my family had about their survival was kept quiet until i learned about the impacts of colonization when I returned to the same school only this time as a college student. 
It’s time for change but it has to start with you, stand up for what’s right and be the change you want to see in the world. Attached is links for where to find the world debut for “Its Time”





Music Video 

My 2nd studio album is almost complete and with the lead single called "Its Time" finalized there will be a music video shot in the near future. Orange shirt day is a day that honors the survivors of residential school and commemorates the little one's we needlessly lost during the forced colonization process. This song is done with respect of those we have lost in mind and the music video will have more than enough visuals to capture the true essence of a song needed to heal the nation. It's time for us as a society and as human beings to feel this pain cause by government and church and find true ways of reconciliation so we can move forward together. This song is not meant to place any blame or make anybody feel guilty but will be used as an engagement tool and learning lesson for those who will need help to understand the true history of Canada. We will be filming during the course of September with the video set to release on Sept 30th 2021.


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