Young singer-songwriter wins Jazz Album of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards
Mieke Maligne (pronounced ‘Meekuh Maleen’), a first year MacEwan University Bachelor of Music program student, was honoured for her work at the second annual Edmonton Music Awards (EMA) held April 28, 2012 at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre.
Maligne, who released her first CD, Just the Sun, in October 2011, is overwhelmed with the recognition. “I was really excited and surprised to hear my name announced,” she says. “This award marks a milestone in the journey of music in my life and is a chance for me to reflect on some of the obstacles I’ve overcome in music and in making the album – I’ve grown so much,” Maligne explains. “Edmonton has such a supportive musical community, so the event was more like a celebration of each other.”
About the CD
Just the Sun features 13 original songs. “It’s super humbling just to have been nominated because a lot of hard work and passion went into writing and recording the songs,” Maligne says. “I wrote it over the three years of high school, so a lot of the ups and downs of life are reflected in the songs. The title track is simply about living with happiness and joy, as I came to realize that all the sun that I needed was family and friends,” she explains. Working alongside producer and Juno nominee Sandro Dominelli, and co-producer Wes Inaba, Maligne creates a blend of pop, folk and jazz genres resulting in eclectic and beautiful melodies. “Music to me is kind of everything. I feel it’s something everyone can relate to and I can express emotions and myself through it in such a uniquely powerful way,” Maligne says. “I’ve wanted to be involved in music as long as I can remember - the older I get and the more I am immersed in it, the more I fall in love with it,” she adds.
“I feel it’s really important to contribute to the community that you live in as much as possible. I don’t have a lot of money, but I have the ability to sing and perform, so providing entertainment at charity fundraising events is a great way to help raise money for a good cause,” Maligne says. The talented singer-songwriter has been involved with the Canadian Mental Health Association (20% of all proceeds from Maligne’s debut CD concert ticket and CD sales were donated to this cause), Stollery Children’s Hospital, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, WIN House (An Ongoing Project of Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd.), and CASA (Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health). In 2009 Maligne was nominated for the AFT Youth Philanthropy Heart and Soul Award for her continuing commitment to the Edmonton community.
Experience beyond her years
Maligne has performed on many stages including the Winspear Centre, Yardbird Suite and Commonwealth Stadium as well as alongside many notable musicians such as David Foster Band, Mike Lent (Jann Arden), Bob Tildesley (jazz trumpeter) and MacEwan University faculty members Jim Head (guitar) and Sandro Dominelli (drums). “I am absolutely loving my post-secondary experience. I feel so privileged to be here, learning from such talented musicians who work in the industry and who have such an amazing combination of experience and love of music,” Maligne explains. In addition to her EMA win, she was also nominated for a 2012 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award (Northlands Emerging Artist).
Maligne is currently writing songs for her next CD which she hopes to release in 2013.
More information can be found on Mieke's website.