My name is Lena Daniels I am an indie country music artist based in Edmonton, AB originally hailing from Thompson, MB. A proud Canadian that fondly embraces my Cree (nehiyaw) roots as well. Growing up as a little girl I was first exposed to performing and singing through Church which is where I would participate in sing-alongs and gospel hymns. As I grew older, I became enthralled by country music and started entering local talent shows as well as seeking out free programs wherever possible.
Using some of my childhood challenges and experiences of abuse and poverty as a driving force behind some of my song-writing and musical style. I found that this was a way to release some of my emotions. Having always been drawn to music, particularly the whimsical twang of country heavy-hitters like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Shania Twain and The Judds. If you know me, you know I idolize the values and the legacy of Loretta Lynn. The moment I heard her music I knew I, “wanted to be just like that Coal miner’s daughter!” Being also inspired by the spirit and charisma of Lady Gaga and artists who are unapologetically themselves, something I also strive to do in my music and everyday life.
In the last few years I have mainly been honing my craft as a songwriter and I have just begun sharing my music publicly with the hopes of hearing my songs one day on the radio. As of late, I currently have been performing at a local level for retirement homes, The Carrot House Café, Naked Cyber Café, Cineplex’s Rec Room and The Downtown Farmers Market. I have recently had the privilege of working alongside Indigenous artists Melody McArthur and Robin Cisek. My plan this year is too release a debut single when I feel the time is right. Presently, I am focused on tweaking my songs, gaining public and personal feedback on my music and performance, and looking forward to what the next few years have in store.