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Emerging from a background of visual arts and a degree in Women’s Studies from Queen’s University, Kinnie Starr originally signed to Mercury/Island/DefJam after a massive bidding war in 1996. Starr has since enjoyed slow-building working relationships with Lakeshore Records USA, Maple Music Canada, and Maple Music’s flagship 2006 label, Fontana USA. A prolific writer, Starr is currently signed to a publishing deal with ole.

Starr has worked with industry heavy hitters Wendy and Lisa (Prince), David Campbell (Beck’s father), Carmen Rizzo (Alanis Morisette), Chris Bruce and Earl Harvin (Seal, The The), Tegan and Sara, and Nelly Furtado, who acknowledges Starr as a key influence.

Starr’s songs have been featured on television programs The L-Word and Thirteen, and in Zeller’s advertisements, as well as on Le Château’s regular national playlists and Fashion Television Canada. She has toured Germany, Japan, Spain, England, the US and Canada, and performed in Canada’s National Aboriginal Achievement Awards twice (Starr is of mixed European and Mohawk descent). In 2003 she was head-hunted for her “rare and unique frame” and cast in Cirque du Soleil’s X-rated show, Zumanity. That same year she was nominated for a Juno as Best New Artist. The Royal British Museum in Victoria recognized Starr as one of British Columbia’s cultural icons in 2008.

In 2010, the tri-lingual Starr released her fifth album, A Different Day, thru Last Gang Labels (Metric, Death Cab for Cutie). Produced by Chin Injeti, the album is a focused collection of optimistic head-nodding songs exclusively about love – platonic love, broken love, and love uncovered. Often pegged for her fierce intelligence and ability as a rapper, A Different Day turns the page onto Starr’s chanteuse-like grace, delving into her love of songwriting with tenderly paced phrasing, electric and acoustic guitars, and soaring melodies.

Starr is a "behind the scenes" social activist, working with youth whenever possible. She's visited more than 60 schools in the past four years as a mentor through Artstarts in Schools, promoting literacy and authentic expression through hip-hop and poetry. She also teaches part-time for the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA), and co-founded Vancouver’s Aboriginal Music Lab with Sal Fererras and Vancouver Community College in 2006.

Starr recently published a book of her own illustrations and poetry, entitled How I Learned To Run (House of Parlance, 2008/2009); a nod to her visual art background and a contemplative look at history, sexuality and love.


A Different Day (2010)
Anything (2006)
Sun Again (2003)
Tune-Up (2000)
Tidy (1996)

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