Kym Gouchie is a story teller. Her stories are woven together with threads of her personal journeys, her people’s history and those that have been taken or lost, creating a tapestry of poignant yet uplifting lyrics, leading us to a deeper understanding of the human spirit. An artist with a social conscience, Kym is a favorite among the music festival circuit. Kym’s ability to touch hearts from all walks of life is something that brings her the most satisfaction. It’s the sharing of these diverse stories that capture the imagination of the listener young and old.
Kym has been creating music most of her life, but in 2013 her resurgence into the music world emerged on the heels of personal tragedy. The journey of rediscovering her voice can be heard on her debut album ‘Mountain of Youth’, a testament to the endurance of time and courage. With haunting similarities to Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kym sings with resonating tones of traditional first nations, folk, and country while influenced by Lucinda Williams, Suzie Ungerleider, Anne Murray, Bonnie Raitt and Shania Twain.
Collaborating with other musicians is something Kym loves to do. She has joined many artists along the festival circuit and spent several years performing with 'Iskwew' meaning 'woman' in the Cree language. This Indigenous woman’s trio traveled internationally representing Canada at Indigenous Music Festivals in France and Mexico as well as touring BC with ArtStarts in schools.
A member of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation in Prince George, BC, Kym was raised among musicians. Inspired by her eclectic background, this mother of four adult children and grandmother of seven, draws on the sometimes harsh realities of searching for her own identity as an Indigenous woman who was no stranger to adversity. Yet somehow her experiences are translated into lyrics that elevate our hearts.
In August 2015, the first song she ever wrote and recorded 'Sister Rain' reached #1 on the NCIFM National Aboriginal Top 40 Music Countdown and 'For The People' was selected to be included on the Truth & Reconciliation Compilation CD which was created to educate people about the Canadian Residential School experience.
Kym’s new single ‘In the Hearts of You & Me’, a tribute to the Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls, was released in May 2016. In her way of honouring tradition, Kym has chosen the analog method of recording, capturing the authenticity of her natural organic sound. In 2014, her debut EP ‘Mountain of Youth’ was recorded at the Ellis Avenue Analog Studio in Summerland, BC by producer, engineer, musician Thurein Myint. Kym fell in love with the analog process and is heading back into the studio in April to record her full length album ‘Northern Shining Star Woman’ scheduled for release in the winter of 2017.
A warrior of the light, Kym’s inspirational music lifts the soul beyond its fettered state along the quest of creating a better world with compassion, understanding and forgiveness, reminding us that we are all in this together.
Photo Credit: Red Works
Singer/Songwriter Kym Gouchie is from the Lheidli T'enneh Nation in Prince George, BC. Canada. A self taught guitar player and a traditional hand drummer, she utilizes her eclectic background to inspire her as she combines elements of traditional, folk and country to create a unique voice. Raised among musicians, it wasn’t until dealing with personal tragedy that she was able to find her voice on her own journey, which is realized with her debut album.