Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Michi Saagiig Nishnaabe singer, songwriter, and composer. Her enchanting and powerful sophomore album She Fell From the Sky embraces the origin story of Gizhiigokwe (Sky Woman), who embarks upon an emotional and brave journey on earth in an attempt to repair and restore humanity and the planet. Ansley's musical continuation of the story is filled with compassion, humour, mystery, and a healthy blend of dark and light. In this—the finale episode of Season 1—Ansley talks about the making of the album, and guides us through the meaning behind each song.
Ansley also talks about other aspects of life as a working musician, such as : developing her singing voice (with the help of vocal coach Micah Barnes), touring with her sister Leanne Betasamosake Simpson for the [Polaris Short-listed] album Theory of Ice, composing the soundtrack for the Amplify TV series on APTN (watch the making of Ansley's song "Firewater" on Season 1), and scoring the documentary Spirit to Soar based on Tanya Talaga's book Seven Fallen Feathers.
All songs in this episode are from the 2022 album She From the Sky, by Ansley Simpson
MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Without Warning" by Ansley Simpson
Performed by Ansley Simpson, Jane Gowan, and Tim Vesely. Recorded and mixed by Tim Vesely (listen at 1:10:37).
More about Ansley at ansleysimpon.com
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The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk.
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