Kelly Fraser Biography
Kelly Fraser was a Canadian award-winning Inuk singer and songwriter and an activist for Indigenous Youth. She died on December 25, 2019 although her cause of death has not been revealed yet. She was praised for her promotion of Inuit rights and opposition to colonization and stereotyping.
Kelly Fraser Age
Kelly was 26 years old at the time of her death, she was born on August 8, 1993, Sanikiluaq, Canada.
Kelly Fraser Sisters
Kelly had three sisters namely Jessie, Max and Rachel.
Kelly Fraser Inuit Singer
Kelly was an Inuk singer whose musical style blended folk, pop, hip hop and EDM with politically charged lyrics sung in both English and Inuktitut. She became popular in 2013 after her rendition of Rihanna‘s Diamonds which she sung in Inuktitut.
In 2014 she released her debut album ‘Isuma’. Her second album ‘Sedna’ earned her a Juno Award nomination for best Indigenous music album in 2017. In 2019 she was awarded the Indspire Award for “using modern pop music to strengthen Inuit culture and language and to promote the Inuit way of life to young people across Canada.”
Kelly grew up in Nunavut territory of northern Canada, where most of the population is Inuit. She started playing guitar at age 11, joining her first band four years later.
She used her celebrity status to promote Inuit rights and speak out against colonization and stereotyping, noting that many Inuit continue to deal with trauma from residential schools and forced relocation, along with food insecurity, high costs of living and high suicide rates in Nunavut.
Kelly Fraser Songs
- See You
- Stay Strong
- Fight for the Rights
- Looking for a Seal
- Rebound Girl
- Forgive Yourself
- Get It
- The Game
Kelly Fraser Documentary
In September 2018, CBC released a documentary about the Inuit artist titled Kelly Fraser: Fight for the Rights as part of The National’s series Seen & Heard: Intimate stories of extraordinary lives. In it, Fraser said she wanted to increase cultural pride among youth in her community.
Kelly Fraser Go Fund Me
On December 27 a Go Fund Me account was created by TJ Lightfoot, a friend of the family, to help raise money for Fraser’s funeral. The fundraiser is on behalf of Kelly Fraser’s sister; Jessie, Max and Rachel. The money is expected to cater for funeral expenses.
“We are so saddened by the passing of Kelly Fraser. This is a fundraiser on behalf of Jessie, Max and Rachel, sisters of Kelly Fraser (With their permission). As you might know there are many hidden costs associated with the passing of a loved one. The sisters are gathering in Winnipeg and will need help over the next weeks to come.
We anticipate they will need help with food, transportation, basic needs, and other costs associated with a memorial service, etc. We put $5,000 as a starter but please anything you could donate to Kelly’s sisters would be helpful.”
Kelly Fraser Dead
Kelly died on December 25, 2019.
Kelly Fraser Death Cause – How Did Kelly Fraser Die
Kelly’s cause of death has not been revealed yet.
Kelly Fraser Tributes
Working with Kelly Fraser in music has been an amazing experience and i feel so blessed to have worked with such a powerful inuk artist. She’s been and still is a huge inspiration for me and my work as a music producer. Rest in peace, Kellykulu. I miss you and I love you ❤❤❤
— Aqqalu (@uyarakq) December 27, 2019
Our love and prayers go out to Kelly Fraser’s family and friends, fellow Inuit, and the many people that were touched by her life and music.
Rest in peace, Kelly Fraser. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/L1WeI1HBqe
— The JUNO Awards (@TheJUNOAwards) December 27, 2019