Singer-Songwriter, Activist, Educator, Visual Artist, and Multi-Award Winner BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE; Returns with new album POWER IN THE BLOOD May 12, 2015

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Singer-Songwriter, Activist, Educator, Visual Artist, and Multi-Award Winner

Returns with new album POWER IN THE BLOOD May 12, 2015

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 // Toronto, ON – True North Records today announces details of the forthcoming 16th studio album by the iconic artist Buffy Sainte-Marie. The bold new album, Power in the Blood, her first album in more than 6 years, is set for release on May 12, 2015.

Power in the Blood is a sculpture of an artist ever-evolving and a statement of a life’s work realized – challenging, empowering, and celebrating the listener with each and every song. Featuring all but two original tracks, the album starts unpredictably with a re-imagined version of “It’s My Way,” a song that originally appeared on her acclaimed debut album. The new recording of “It’s My Way” demonstrates how her work can transcend generations and still inspire individualism and self-expression 50 years after it was written.

Recorded in Toronto, Sainte-Marie enlisted three different producers, a first for her, to help shape Power in the Blood. Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’NAAN), and Chris Birkett (Sinéad O’Connor, Bob Geldof). Birkett has worked with Sainte-Marie on four albums, beginning with the 1992 release Coincidence and Likely Stories. He recognized from the start that Sainte-Marie was a singular force. “She pays a lot of attention to her lyrics,” Birkett says, “and when Buffy says something, she actually means something.”

Throughout her incredible half-century career each era has revealed new and distinctive shades of an artist revered for her pioneering and chameleon ways. There was no mold from which Buffy Sainte-Marie emerged; she created her own, ripened from experiences in both her head and her heart. Power in the Blood is a reminder that, five decades on, Sainte-Marie is a voice as vital and significant as ever. Like so much of Sainte-Marie’s work, it’s universal. “I love words, I love thinking, and I recognize and value the core of a universal idea simplified into a three-minute song,” says Sainte-Marie. “What appeals to me in folk music are the songs that have lasted for generations, but I wasn’t trying to be one of those guys. I want to give people something original.”

 POWER IN THE BLOOD Track Listing: 

  1. It’s My Way
  2. Power in the Blood
  3. We Are Circling
  4. Not the Lovin’ Kind
  5. Love Charms (Mojo Bijoux)
  6. Ke Sakihitin Awasis
  7. Farm In the Middle of Nowhere
  8. Generation
  9. Sing Our Own Song
  10. Orion
  11. The Uranium War
  12. Carry It On

Fans can pre-order Power in the Blood now on iTunes, Amazon, or via True North Records


Canadian fans can expect to see Buffy Sainte-Marie perform live upon release of Power in the Blood with more dates to be announced. Her current tour which just wrapped up in Australia, kicks off today in Europe as Buffy and band perform as special guest to Morrissey, before bringing her back to Canada in late April for select dates. On May 14, 2015 Buffy Sainte-Marie will receive a Honourary Fellowship to The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Further details are available here:
Mar 18 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales*
Mar 20 First Direct Arena, Leeds, England *
Mar 21 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland *
Mar 24 Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland *
Mar 26 The Tabernacle, London, England
Mar 27 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England *
Apr 26 Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC
Apr 29 The Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River, BC
Apr 30 Capilano University Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre, North Vancouver, BCSOLD OUT
May 01 Capilano University Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre, North Vancouver, BC
May 06 Aeolian Hall, London, ON
May 07 Koerner Hall, Toronto, ON
May 09 Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown, ON
May 15 Kimball Recital Hall @ University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
May 17 The City Winery, Chicago, IL
May 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
May 19 The Hamilton, Washington, DC
May 20 HighLine Ballroom, New York, NY
Jul 16 California WorldFest, Grass Valley, CA
Aug 07 Manitoulin Country Fest, Little Current, ON
* with Morrissey

For additional information on Buffy Sainte-Marie, biography or to view a full list of awards and accolades, please visit


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