BJ MacLean
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BJ MacLean

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
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Discography

1) Outlaw Women, "Wanted" (circa 1990 - cassette tape!)
2) "January Thaw" CD (EP) 2005
(CD available at www.cdbaby.com )
3) Yukon Women In Music Compilation CD, song "January Thaw" (2004)
4) Yukon Sampler 7 (January Thaw) www.musicyukon.com (2005)
5) Yukon Sampler 8 (Arctic Nights) (2006)
6) Steve Slade - Flying into Inuvik- (vocal harmonies) (2006)
7) Brenda Berezan - self titled- (vocal harmony) (2006)
8)Kate Weekes-self titled (vocal harmonies)(2007)
9)Yukon Women in Music-compilation (national jury selection/produced by Lynn Miles)-2008 (release date November 2008)
"January Thaw" available as mp3 thanks to Wholewheat Raido in Alaska www.wholewheatradio.com
Most requested song(radio and live): Plump & Friendly (northern gals)

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" Delivering real talent that even today's modern technology can not mimic in the finst of studios...listen to original material performed by BJ MacLean, and be reminded of what pure talent is all about" (Nance Parker www.thestagehand.com)
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Originally from the Pacific Northwest, BJ moved "north to Alaska" in 1984 to attend university in Fairbanks. The people, places and music won her heart and are reflected in the lyrics and titles of many of her songs. While in Fairbanks, BJ wrote for, performed and recorded with the band "Outlaw Women".
In 1988 BJ married a bagpipe playing wildlife biologist from the Northwest Territories,(the inspiration for her song "Field work widow blues"), and in late January of 1990, with temperatures of -65F, they moved to Yellowknife. That spring they moved further north, up the MacKenzie River to Norman Wells. BJ continued to write and perform at festivals and community events throughout the north.
In the fall of 1994, BJ and Norm moved "south" to Dease Lake, BC, at the north end of the Cassiar Hwy, just south of the Yukon border. BJ performed at festivals in the Yukon and BC, and in 1995, Diana Hodgson of Norman Wells performed 3 of BJ's original songs at the True North Concert in Inuvik, which has been broadcast several times on CBC radio and television.
The year 2002 found the MacLean's leaving their humble cabin in Dease Lake for a move to "THE BIG CITY" of Whitehorse in the Yukon. Going from 500 neighbors to 20,000 in one fell swoop was a challenge, but as with every northern town, Whitehorse opened it's arms and welcomed them into the community. (4 way stops and bank machines remain a challenge...)
Introduced by old northern friends around bonfires and kitchen jams, it didn't take long before BJ was performing at coffee houses, fundraisers, festivals and concerts.
In 2003 BJ was invited back to Fairbanks to perform for a northern songwriters' showcase for the NPR show "Folk Samper', hosted by the wonderful Mike Flynn of the Ozark Mountains. The show was recorded live and later broadcast throughout the US. In 2004 her song "January Thaw" was selected for a compilation CD produced by Yukon Women in Music. In the spring of 2005, CBC 's radio host Lorne Elliotte brought his show "Maddly off in all directions" to Whitehorse and BJ was invited to perform for the show, which was later broadcasted across Canada. And When CBC's Sheilagh Rogers came to town, BJ was also featured in the live broadcast.Also in 2005, BJ was selected as a recipiant for the Yukon Governments Advanced Artist Award to record her original music. Her 7 song EP "January Thaw" was released in August '05. In 2006, BJ was invited back to Fairbanks to be one of the opening performers for folk legend Bill Staines, with NPR host Mike Flynn again.
BJ has recorded and performed back up vocals for both local and visiting musicians, and was recently selected by national jury for the 2008 Yukon Women in Music compilation CD, produced by Canadian singer/sonwriter Lynn Miles.
BJ currently performs solo and with the band "Sisters of Evolution" (hey...she didn't pick the name!)3 part harmonies and lots of fun!
Whether solo or with the band, intimate settings and a great listening audience are the preference, connecting with the folks and making new friends with every show.
When she's not playing music, you could find BJ fly fishing with Norm and the dogs, or selling guitars at the local music store.
BJ writes from the heart, and has consequently won the hearts of listeners and artists of all ages and genre's.
A note on the side:
BJ was accepted in 2006 as a showcase artist for the music site www.thestagehand.com
BJ and some of the other Yukon Women in Music will be performing for the Canada Winter Games 2007, hosted in Whitehorse!