“I have become a promoter, an open stage host, a music teacher, a social media expert, a booking agent, a pub singer, a merchandise salesman, a grant writer, and tour manager.”
I began singing at three months old. As I repeated a melody over and over, my mother was elated. At the age of four I sang on stage for the first time. When I was 12, I joined a choir on weekends, played piano, and started writing songs. When I was 19 I joined my first band and began performing professionally. When I was 22 I discovered I was about to embark on the greatest and scariest path I’ll ever know, single motherhood.
Though becoming a mother was time consuming and set me back as far as my personal career goals of pursing music, I quickly found that my need for more income, and the birth of my greatest muse, allowed me to get back on track. When I was 25, my son was almost three, I began playing again. I am lucky to have known my calling and to have dreams and passions from such a young age. It is a little unlucky, that it is an art form, and arts are very hard to make a living from. So, I have learned many ways to turn music and singing into a day job/night job, that allows me to support myself and my child. I have become a promoter, an open stage host, a music teacher, a social media expert, a booking agent, a pub singer, a merchandise salesman, a grant writer, and tour manager. These are all skills I have picked up in my 17 years of professional playing.
All I ever wanted was to make music the way I earn my living. I now have bigger career goals that include recording, touring, and more sustainability. Maybe even one day, medical benefits. I know I've taught my son the importance of following/living your dreams, and I am living mine the best I can.
Celeigh Cardinal is a multi-faceted Metis musician from the Peace Region, working in Morinville, Alberta.