Gail Obediah

Gail Obediah

 Brantford, Ontario, CAN
BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

A grassroots band which blends traditional drum songs with jazz/blues genre. Primal instrumentation is preferred to reconnect with our roots. Set list comprises of songs that are a blend of originals and cover.

Biography

Gail Obediah is Seneca – Ojibway of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She was born and raised in the city of Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Gail released her first professional recording in the fall of 2006. It has been since then, that she began to seriously develop her craft. “Gail Obediah’s Roots” has been described as bringing medicine to the soul. Gail is currently working towards her second release, and has been involved in 2 compilation CD projects.

Gail performs solo, or with the band that consists of any or all of the following:

Nick Bastien - guitar, percussion, bass

Dave Allard - percussion

Bob Lickers - dobro

Performances have included :

Save the Evidence Fundraiser – Dotah’s House – Ohsweken,Ont

First Annual National Day of Reconciliation, - Victoria Park, and Crowne Plaza-Ottawa

National Aboriginal Day – Laurier University – Brantford Campus

CANDO Conference – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Joseph Brant Day – Lasalle Park, Burlington, Ont.

The Border Crossing Event – Niagara Falls, New York, USA

Spirit Festival – Harmony Square, Brantford, Ont.

Aboriginal Legal Services – National Post Gladue Conference - Toronto, Ont.

Indian Defense League of America Spring Banquet – Community Center-Six Nations

National Womens Day Luncheon – Civic Centre – Brantford, Ont.

Roots Revival  - The Station Coffee House – Brantford, Ont.

Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards Festival – Copps Coliseum – Hamilton, Ont.

Find Your Spirit Festival – Harmony Square – Brantford, Ont.

KANENHSTATON – a fundraiser for Six Nations land reclamation

Three Sister’s Event - Oakville Farmers Market – Oakville, Ont.

Artscan Benefit Concert – The Moonshine Café – Oakville, Ont.

Sheridan College - Many Voices Event – Aboriginal Awareness Day – Oakville, Ont.

 

Awards and scholarships Gail has received include:

Recognized, and awarded into the top 100 artists from across Canada chosen for consideration on the “Dig Your Roots” Aboriginal Compilation CD.

Scholarships to the following programs:

AMP Camp 06 ( Aboriginal Music Program)  - Winnipeg, Manitoba

AMP Camp 07 ( Aboriginal Music Program)  - Winnipeg, Manitoba

AML 07 (Aboriginal Music Lab) – Vancouver, British Columbia

AML 08 (Aboriginal Music Lab) – Vancouver, British Columbia

Diverse As This Land – Voice Intensive Workshop – Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta

 

Gail continues to develop her craft through guitar and vocal coaching. In addition to the above listed music workshops she has also participated in the following:

A voice intensive workshop held by Native Women in the Arts

-this explored song creation, solo and collaborative composition, as well as vocal coaching and voice care.

Micah Barnes – Vocal coaching and career work groups



Lyrics

Get Your Smile On

Written By: Gail Obediah


Weh ya hey hey ya ho weh ya hey hey ya ho
Precious time, don’t bring me down
Get rid of that nasty frown
Whats that getting in your way
Operator on the phone
Don’t tell me where I’m goin
You’ve got to get your smile on

Get your smile on, you gotta get your smile on
You’ve got to get your smile on
Get your smile on you gotta get your smile on
You’ve got to get your smile on
Weh ya hey hey ya ho weh ya hey hey ya ho

Got black but ya wanted blue
What was it they told you,
Why do you listen to what they say
Black might be just as well,
And who could really tell
You’ve got to get your smile on
Weh ya hey hey ya ho weh ya hey hey ya ho

Devouring this mystery,
As you fall heavily,
While your walking on your path,
Face is down, but you look around
Long lost jewel now is found
You’ve got to get your smile on
Weh ya hey hey ya ho weh ya hey hey ya ho
You’ve got to get your smile on
You’ve got to get your smile on
You’ve got to get your smile on

For My Angels

Written By: Gail Obediah

Someday, you’ll find your ground
Someway you’ll find a better day
Search deep to the lesson found
And you, you’ll find your way

Clouds are fallin’ you might want to cry
Whispers, quivers of days gone by
I’ll shine the light , you’ll see the sunrise
And you, you’ll find your way

Fly High My Angels!
Fly High My Angels!
You have Faith behind you
Liftin’ you, to Fly High

The World is a changing place
Changing colours of leaves, turn and fall
I’ll catch you and bring love to your space
And you, you’ll find your way

Fly High My Angels!
Fly High My Angels!
You have Faith behind you
Liftin’ you, to Fly High
To Fly High

I Got Fever

Written By: Gail Obediah

I got fever, I got fever, I got fever
Fever’s Hot and
Its running to you
Could you spend some time with me
I know a spot right under the tree
Wild horses and buffalo roam
C’mon now, can you take me home
Whistle blowing from a distant train
As I fade into a dream
Creamy clouds melt, the suns piercing thru
Fever’s hot and its running to you
I got fever, I got fever, I got fever
Fever’s Hot and
Its running to you

Dancing underneath the silvery moon
Twinlking stars and some jazzy tune
Oh, I think I feel a chilly wind stir
You better take me home cause
I got fever
Fevers flowing taking over my brain
Intoxicating this milky brown frame
Smoldering ash, burning fire
Fevers hot and its running to you
I got fever, I got fever, I got fever
Fever’s Hot and
Its running to you
Fever, Fever, Fever
Fever’s Hot and
Its running to you
Fever, fever,fever
Fever’s Hot and
Its running to you
Fever’s Hot and
Its running to you

Discography

Gail Obediah's Roots

Women's Voices for Attawapiskat - complilation

Songs from Dotah's House - compilation

Let the Eagle Fly - to be released soon



Set List

Set 1
Cherokee Morning Song
Gathering Song
Get Your Smile On
Turquoise Tears
I Like Your Style
River of Love
Woman’s Warrior Song
All Night Long
Sweet Baby
Your Eyes

Set 2
Water Song
Heartbeat Song
Lucky So N So
Too Many Lipsticks
Power Of Love
Some Kinda Wonderful
Peel Me a Grape
Angel of Faith
Come by Another Day
For My Angels
Let The Eagle Fly