Tamara Podemski

Tamara Podemski

BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

Typically known as a Native American songstress, Tamara Podemski calls upon her roots to create a world-music fusion within the folk/rock genre. Her brutally honest lyrics, deep spirituality, and edgy attitude always inspires and challenges her audiences. Winner of 2 Aboriginal Music Awards.

Biography

After starring in the Broadway company of RENT, Tamara Podemski launched her singing career by fronting the Los Angeles-based, World Music band, SPIRIT NATION, as the lead singer and Ojibway-lyricist. In 2001, their album, "Winter Moons," was released internationally under the Triloka/Karuna Music label and was distributed by BMG, and later by KOCH Entertainment.

"Make no mistake; Spirit Nation is very much lead singer Tamara Podemski's project...the feature is Podemski's arching, intricate, razor-precise vocals. While superficially similar to New Age etheric warblers like Enya, Podemski has more grit and fire to her voice...For lovers of world music, this is one of the best things I've heard in a long time." (Daily Vault, 2002)

* 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nomination
* "Ododaymiwan" performed live on CBC broadcast
* Over 10,000 units sold
* Toured album across North America and Europe

In 2003, Tamara recorded, SPIRIT VOICES, under the pseudonym, Ceshia Anaquod, this time writing both the music and Ojibway lyrics. The album was released worldwide under the Somerset Entertainment label.

"As good as the music is, however, it is Podemski's deep and soothing voice - singing primarily in Ojibway - that draws the listener into a place of beauty...the album's calibre is so strong that every song fits into the other seamlessly. In a field that is so diverse and talented, [Spirit Voices] is one of the strongest new albums by a Native artist. (Toronto Sage, 2002)

* Licensed song to feature film "Green Green Water"
* Licensed a song to Aboriginal Voices Radio Talk Show
* Sold over 10,000 units
* Recipient of Canada Council Touring Grant
* Toured album in North America and Europe

With two albums under her belt, Tamara launched her own record label so that she could have complete creative control over her newest album and music video. In 2005, Tamara wrote and co-produced her first video, "Meegwetch," in cooperation with BravoFACT!, and had famed Canadian director, Bruce McDonald, bring her vision to the screen.

* Best Music Video-2005 imagiNATIVE Film Fest
* Best Music Video-2005 Native American Film Fest
* Nominated Best Video-2006 Aboriginal Music Awards

Tamara released her first English-language, self-titled album in January 2006 and is currently distributing it through CDBaby and iTunes. "Tamara" has been featured on local, university and Native radio stations across North America and has received music award recognition and network television licensing opportunities. Along with her album release, Tamara also launched her official website and a MySpace Music Profile.

"Tamara Podemski almost upstaged the fashion [show] with her edgy opening performance of two songs from her newest [album] release." (Excalibur Online, 2005)

"By far the most eclectic night...we had folk rock band, Tamara Podemski, that had a trumpet played by the bassist, and some great acoustic guitars, this band is a must see."(Emergenza Web Fanzine, 2006)

* Best Female Artist, Best Songwriter-2006 Aboriginal Music Awards
* Nominated Best Single-2006 Aboriginal Music Awards
* Recipient of Ontario Arts Council Recording Grant
* Licensed 2 songs to Showcase TV series "Moccasin Flats"
* Over 465,000 hits on www.tamarapodemski.com
* Over 7,600 profile views on MySpaceMusic

Tamara always infuses spirituality, passion and pride into her music. She challenges her audiences to look in the mirror and question themselves. Her lyrics provoke, her voice empowers, her presence on stage inspires. In a time of social unrest, distorted media images and human disconnectedness, Tamara is an important voice to be heard.

Lyrics

Ignore

Written By: Tamara Podemski

Sometimes, I try too hard
I smile too hard
I laugh too hard
I take life a little hard

Sometimes I brave too much
Well, I crave too much
I save too much
I behave too much

So, I’m gonna stop a litte, and I’m gonna breath a little more
I’m gonna set my eyes upon nothing and just ignore

Ignore all the movements
Ignore all the sounds
Ignore all the people all around
Just ignore

Sometimes, I don’t act too nice
Don’t always look so nice
Feel so nice
I’m not always nice

Sometimes I don’t sleep too good
Don't always listen too good
Say sorry too good
I’m not always good

So, I’m gonna stop a litte, and I’m gonna breath a little more
I’m gonna set my eyes upon nothing and just ignore

Ignore all the movements
Ignore all the sounds
Ignore all the people all around
Just ignore

Sometimes, I make friends too fast, make amends too fast
And sometimes, I walk too fast, I talk too fast for you
Sometimes, I simply need to slow down….

So, I’m gonna stop a litte, and I’m gonna breath a little more
I’m gonna set my eyes upon nothing and just ignore

Ignore all the movements
Ignore all the sounds
Ignore all the people all around
Just ignore

That's Life

Written By: Tamara Podemski

feeling confined
there's pressure on your mind
there’s no time to unwind
keep telling yourself you’ll be fine
that’s life babe, yeah, that’s life babe

feel something’s not right
you’ve lost your appetite
so you fight with all your might
but you keep losing sight of the good things
that’s life babe, yeah, that’s life babe

it's not about things better
it’s not about getting what you think you deserve
it’s just about facing reality
and accepting that things are the way they’re gonna be

feeling confused
it’s hard to amuse yourself
so you smile, for a while,
but your toothy-grin‘s lost its style
that’s life babe, yeah, that’s life babe

it's not about things better
it’s not about getting what you think you deserve
it’s just about facing reality
and accepting that things are the way they’re gonna be

your work’s become stale
you’re ready to bail
but it pays to do your days,
though you know there are other ways
that’s life babe, yeah, that’s life babe

it's not about things better
it’s not about getting what you think you deserve
it’s just about facing reality
and accepting that things are the way they’re gonna be

Standing Strong

Written By: Tamara Podemski

Please don’t be afraid
'Cause we are strong women to reckon with

We got big strong minds,
massive hearts, and you’ll find,
we don’t take shit from anyone

So if you’re the kind of man who fears woman
And if you’re the kind of man who doesn’t like being spoken back to
If you’re the kind of man who feels superior
Well, there’s nothing else that we can do

But stand up, be strong,
keep singing our song that spites you
Try to make right all the wrong you’ve done
We will still fight ‘till our honors won

I know it hard to deal,
with a force so threatening
We can think, and feel,
and change the world in ways,
that you can never conceive

So if you’re the kind of man who fears woman
And if you’re the kind of man who doesn’t like being spoken back to
If you’re the kind of man who feels superior
Well, there’s nothing else that we can do

But stand up, be strong,
keep singing our song that spites you
Try to make right all the wrong you’ve done
We will still fight ‘till our honors won

And every time another one of us is shunned,
every time another one of us is gunned down
the Earth cries out in pain,
having to erase another name

And every time our self-esteem’s depleted,
every time another one of us is beaten
We have to say a prayer…
And hope another man not dare

So if you’re the kind of man who fears woman
And if you’re the kind of man who doesn’t like being spoken back to
If you’re the kind of man who feels superior
Well, there’s nothing else that we can do

But stand up, be strong,
keep singing our song that spites you
Try to make right all the wrong you’ve done
We will still fight ‘till our honors won

Crack in the Floor

Written By: Karen Kosowski

There's a crack in the floor
that I don't fit through anymore
The wind may just sweep me away
And I feel so exposed
letting people see my soul
all day

And it's been near a week
that I still can't fall asleep
Lying awake in the dark
But it's nights such as this
that I think about what is
till morning

They say money paves the way
So careful what you're learning
But every minute every day everyone's world keeps turning

It's a waste if you don't
try to make it on your own,
I'm learning
I'm learning

Someday, one day, you will know...

Meegwetch

Written By: Tamara Podemski

I’m giving thanks to the things around me

I’m giving thanks to a world that’s let me live freely

And in my way I give AHSAYMA (Tobacco)

AHSAYMA KI’ENENAN (Offer Tobacco)

And in my way I ask for guidance

AHSAYMA KI’ENENAN (Offer Tobacco)

Meegwetch Ahki
(Give thanks to the Earth)

Meegwetch Tipiki-Kishis (Give thanks to the Moon)

Meegwetch Kishis
(Give thanks to the Sun)

Meegwetch Gitchi Manitou
(Give thanks to the Great Spirit)

Meegwetch (Thank you)

I’m giving thanks to the things around me

I’m giving thanks to a world that’s let me live freely

And in my way I give AHSAYMA (Tobacco)

AHSAYMA KI’ENENAN (Offer Tobacco)

And in my way I ask for guidance

AHSAYMA KI’ENENAN (Offer Tobacco)

Roundlake

Written By: Tamara Podemski

When you’re alone, staring at the ceiling,
I’ll think of you, will you think of me too

When you’re in pain, healing your spirit,
I’ll sing for you, will you sing for me too

When your afraid, remembering the past,
I’ll pray for you, will you pray for me too

When your asleep, asleep with no one beside you,
I’ll dream of you, will you dream of me too

When I’m alone, staring at the ceiling,
I’ll miss you, will you miss me too

Discography

Winter Moons, Spirit Nation (2002 Karuna Music)
Spirit Voices, Ceshia Anaquod [pseudonymn] (2003 Reflections)
Tamara, Tamara Podemski (2005 Mukwa Music)

Set List

45-50 minute full band set:
Roundlake
Ignore
It's Time
That's Life
Meegwetch
She Knows Better
Universal Soldier (Buffy St. Marie version)
Standing Strong
Crack in the Floor
All My Relations (Encore)

Shorter sets also with just solo hand drum songs or acoustic sets with just guitar or piano.