Amy J Nahwegahbow
Mary Bryton Nahwegahbow-Holder is a 17-year old aspiring First Nations singer, songwriter, and musician who is a member of the Whitefish River First Nation and a Grade 12 student in the Vocal Arts Program at Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Ontario.
Mary is a recipient of a 2018 SOCAN Foundation and SiriusXM Young Canadian Songwriter Award for her original song “Clegg Street”. Mary is a multi-talented artist who sings as a soloist and in a choir, as well as plays drums and guitar. In 2014, Mary appeared in APTN’s documentary series "Dream Big" that featured Aboriginal youth experiencing a “day in the life” of their dream career where she shadowed an Indigenous singer. Recently, Mary sang the National Anthem in three languages (English, French and Anishnaawbe) at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto and a 2019 Ottawa Senators game in honour of Reconciliation.
In the summer of 2019, Mary attended NYU Steinhardt's intensive two-week Contemporary Vocal Workshop in New York where she completed intimate masterclasses and learned from luminaries in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and the music industry.