Indigenous Artist SpotlightDon Amero
Don Amero is a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Prior to launching his career as a musician, Amero worked as a hardwood flooring installer and unsuccessfully tried out for Canadian Idol in 2006.
He released his debut CD Change Your Life in 2006 and left his flooring job in 2007. The album garnered five Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nominations, for best new artist, songwriter, folk or acoustic CD, album cover and producer/engineer.
In 2012, he performed at a fundraising benefit concert for indigenous music pioneer Shingoose and released his fourth album "Heart on My Sleeve". He also collaborated with Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk in Indian City, a band whose album Supernation fused traditional First Nations music with experimental rock.
Amero won Male Entertainer of the Year, and Supernation won Best Pop Album, at that year's Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Heart on My Sleeve garnered Amero his first Juno Award nomination for Aboriginal Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2013, won the award for Best Folk/Acoustic Album at the 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.
His fifth album, Refined, was released in 2015, the same year, he collaborated with country singer Brett Kissel on "Rebuild This Town", a song about cultural reconciliation between indigenous peoples and other Canadians.
At the Juno Awards of 2016, Refined garnered Juno Award nominations for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.
In August 2018, Amero released his sixth album, Evolution, which launched him into the country music genre. In 2019, Amero released the single "Music Lover" to Canadian country radio.
You can call Don Amero one of the hardest working independent musicians in showbiz today.
Since leaving his job as a hardwood flooring installer seven years ago to pursue music fulltime, the Winnipeg singer / songwriter has toured coast‐to‐ coast, appeared on national television, presented at festivals, performed with the symphony, showcased in New York City, been nominated for Canada’s most prestigious music awards, and played W. Brett Wilson’s The Garden Party.
Don’s musical style has been likened to John‐Mayer‐meets‐Keith‐Urban.