Juno award winning G.R. Gritt is an electrifying and genre-defying artist who has captivated audiences with their soul-stirring music and powerful storytelling.
Born and raised on Robinson-Huron Treaty territory in Northern Ontario, Canada, G.R. Gritt's music reflects their Anishinaabe and Métis roots as well as their Two-Spirit and Queer experience, intertwining personal narratives with social and political commentary.
Drawing inspiration from a wide range of musical influences, including pop, electronic, blues, folk, and traditional Indigenous sounds, G.R. Gritt weaves together a sonic tapestry that is both raw and refined and pulls effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms. With their new sound that elegantly weaves the melodies using vocals, guitar, and electronic elements, they create both intimate and anthemic music that would fit in a folk club, a dance club and anywhere in between. Their mesmerizing voice, rich with depth and emotion, carries the weight of their experiences and ancestral connections, delivering poignant lyrics that resonate deeply with listeners.
G.R. Gritt's journey as an artist has been marked by a relentless pursuit of truth and authenticity. Their music serves as a platform for self-exploration, healing, and a powerful tool for reclaiming Indigenous identity and challenging colonial narratives. By fearlessly addressing themes of colonization, environmental justice, and personal transformation, G.R. Gritt has become a beacon of strength and resilience for all of the communities they are a part of.
With a reputation for delivering electrifying live performances, G.R. Gritt has graced stages at renowned festivals and venues, across North America and Europe leaving audiences in awe of their magnetic stage presence. This includes the Dawson City Music Festival, National Arts Centre, River and Sky Festival, Luminato FestIval, Up Here Festival, Bloom Festival, East Coast Music Awards, Adäka Cultural Festival, Canadian Cultural Centre of Paris, Oslo Pride, Global Pride, Northern Lights Festival Boréal, International Indigenous Music Summit, Fierté Canada Pride, Winnipeg Pride, and Sudbury Pride. Their ability to connect on a profound level with listeners transcending cultural and linguistic barriers, has earned them critical acclaim and a dedicated following.
G.R. Gritt's commitment to their craft extends beyond their own artistry. They actively engage in mentorship and community outreach, empowering aspiring musicians, particularly within Indigenous, queer and other underrepresented communities, to find their voices and share their stories through music. Their work as an advocate and ally in the music industry has garnered respect, inspiring a new generation of artists to use their art as a catalyst for change.
As a versatile and boundary-pushing artist, G.R. Gritt continues to evolve and experiment with their sound, collaborating with Juno awarding winning Hill Kourkoutis and Leela Gilday, Polaris Prize long listers Rosina Kazi of LAL, sydanie, Kimmortal and Lydia Képinski, and Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Award nominee Lacey Hill, just to name a few. Their dedication to authenticity and their commitment to social justice make them an undeniable force in the music world, breaking down boundaries, challenging norms, and leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who encounter their art.
G.R. Gritt's music is a powerful testament to the fortitude of Indigenous and queer peoples, a call for unity and healing, and a celebration of the power of art to transform lives. With every note they play and every lyric they sing, G.R. Gritt reaffirms their place as an extraordinary artist, trailblazer, and visionary.
G.R. Gritt is a Juno Award winner for Indigenous Album of the Year (for Quantum Tangle’s Tiny Hands in 2017) and a Northern Ontario Music and Film Award (NOMFA) winning artist for Outstanding Album by an Indigenous Artist (for Quantum Tangle’s album “Shelter as we Go…”), and a nominee for Outstanding Engineer, and Outstanding Album. In 2021, they were nominated for 2 Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards - Metis artist of the Year and Social Voice for “Quiet Years” and they won the Folk Music Ontario Songs from the Heart - Political category Award for “Quiet Years”. In 2023, they were nominated for Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards - Metis artist of the Year.
G.R. Gritt released their album, Ancestors, in 2021 on Coax Records and their song “Ancestors ft. Kimmortal” was #6 on Sirius XM Indigiverse's Top 20 countdown for 2021. The first track from G.R. Gritt’s sophomore album, Prisms, an album of queer love songs, will be released June 16, 2023 on Balaz Media.