By: Staff –
Emerging JUNO-nominated Indigenous Canadian artist Desiree Dorion is back with her new video for “Sometimes I Drink”, which you can watch exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
““Sometimes I Drink” is an anthem for women who unapologetically take time for themselves to let loose and have some fun,” said Dorion.
The incredibly catchy tune “Sometimes I Drink” was written with one of Dorion’s musical heroes, JUNO Award winner Crystal Shawanda.
A celebrated singer-songwriter, Dorion seamlessly blends her lyrics with melodies that perfectly fit the meaning of her songs. With a passion for music since she was little, a young Desiree would sneak into the Dauphin Country Fest campgrounds during the offseason and perform to an empty amphitheatre, not knowing that one day she would perform on that stage herself.
Calling her single “Sometimes I Drink” the song that was meant to be, Dorion took her chances and reached out to her musical idol, JUNO Award winning artist, Crystal Shawanda, to see if they could collaborate on a song while Dorion was in New Orleans for Folk Alliance International. Noting that Shawanda was one of the few artists she ever saw who looked like her and had massive career success, Shawanda not only agreed to write the song with Dorion, but extended an invitation for them to work together at Shawanda’s home in Nashville. Taking only three hours to write, “Sometimes I Drink” is a female focused, energetic, and straightforward song filled with what Dorion refers to as “ear candy”. From the acapella opening of the song to the talking sections, and having the bass solo inspired by the bass section in Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon” played by Chris Burke-Gaffney, “Sometimes I Drink” takes the notion of women getting together to have fun turning into the need for a man’s attention head on. The perfect anthem for a girls night out, or in, “Sometimes I Drink” is an unapologetically honest, incredibly catchy and uplifting song made for women and their friends by two talented female singer-songwriters who feel the exact same way.
Dorion grew up a mile and a half from the grounds of Dauphin Country Fest, one of the biggest outdoor music festivals in Canada. As a little girl she would ride her bike there when the festival wasn’t on, climb up on the stage, and pretend to play to the thousands of fans that come to watch big country music acts. In 2014 her dream of playing the mainstage came true when she shared the stage with The Band Perry.
The JUNO Nominee is one of the most celebrated female artists in country music in Manitoba. She has had five songs chart in the top 100 on the Canadian country music charts (TRAX), along with several reaching the top spot on the Indigenous Music Countdown. Her songwriting partner on her most recent album, Break the Chain is producer/songwriter Chris Burke-Gaffney. They enjoyed a successful collaboration previously with the hit “Whiskey Knows” In 2017, Dorion took home the award for Songwriter of the Year at the Manitoba Country Music Awards for co-writing “Whiskey Knows” with Chris Burke-Gaffney. “Whiskey Knows” was also a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
The JUNO nominee is a proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She recently hosted the Achimotak series with the Canadian Country Music Association and is an artist ambassador with the Downie Wenjack Foundation.