JJ Lavallee

JJ Lavallee

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Releasing 3 CDs, capturing nominations and winning an APCMA award for best fiddle album in 2006 and 2010, and opening up for music stars like Charlie Major, Johnny Reid, Marty Stewart, Jesse Ferrell, Shane Yellowbird, Natalie McMasters and Donnell Leahy have all made JJ an accomplished musician. Well known in both Manitoba and across Canada for his fiddle playing, he's also a songwriter and composer, with many of his original songs and fiddle compositions included on his 3 CDs. JJ comes by his e

Biography

JJ Lavallee was born and raised in the small town of St. Ambroise, Manitoba. Part of a large Métis family that includes many accomplished musicians, JJ started playing music and singing at a young age with no formal training. His love for music prompted him to teach himself to play a variety of instruments, but his love for his Métis heritage motivated him to learn fiddle at the age of 23. By 26 he released his first Fiddle Album, "Jimmy's Breakdown", with the Freebird Band, following that up with a Country Music Album, "Carry On" (with all but one track written by JJ), and then another Fiddle Album. "A Fiddle Bit of This an d A Fiddle Bit of That" in 2010 (which includes 4 original compositions). His fiddle albums have each won Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards for Best Fiddle Album, and they each include original compositions as well as traditional music. Two songs from the Country album were featured on The National Aboriginal Music Countdown, making it to the top 10- "Metis Boy" and "No More Reason". He has opened up for Charlie Major, Johnny Reid, Marty Stewart, Jesse Ferrell, Shane Yellowbird, Natalie McMasters and Donnell Leahy.

Discography

Jimmy's Breakdown- JJ Lavallee and the Freebird Band
Carry On- JJ Lavallee
A Fiddle Bit of This and a Fiddle Bit of That- JJ Lavallee