desiree dorion's fourth studio album, tough street, is a beautiful and humble homage to her upbringing. this is her most personal and honest work yet. the album compiles "darkly beautiful and introspective songs ... [her] best recorded vocals yet," (bruce leperre, 730 ckdm). her first single from the album, "whiskey knows," was released to country radio across canada and reached #1 on the indigenous music countdown and landed on the canadian country music charts. tough street was nominated for five manitoba country music awards (mcma) and a canadian folk music award (cfma). dorion took home the award for songwriter of the year at the mcma for co-writing "whiskey knows" with chris burke-gaffney. "whiskey knows," is also a semi-finalist in the international songwriting competition (isc). the follow up single, "like a flower," also reached the canadian country music charts and is currently climbing the indigenous music countdown.
dorion's previous albums have earned her trophies for best country album and best female artist at the 2010 canadian aboriginal music awards (cama); best country artist at the 2010 aboriginal peoples choice music awards (apcma); best country album at the 2011 north american indigenous image awards (naiia); best country album at the 2011 indian summer music awards (isma); and, best country album and best female artist at the 2011 native american music awards (nama). She has also picked up nominations at the 2014 juno awards; 2014 western canadian music awards (wcma); 2014 and 2013 apcma; 2013 isma; and, the 2012 isc.
Freedom Ain't Free - Desiree Dorion