The North Sound
Forrest Eaglespeaker is a Blackfoot singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Calgary, Alta., who now resides in Saskatchewan. Eaglespeaker is the heartbeat of the Canadian roots-rock band The North Sound alongside his wife, Nevada Freistadt, who composes and performs crisp vocal harmonies. With a no-holds-barred approach to songwriting, Forrest’s lyrics span across haunting metaphors illustrating everyday experiences and personal realities. Since forming in 2014, the duo has landed several singles in the top spot of the national Indigenous Music Countdown, won the Indigenous Artist of the Year award at the 2020 SaskMusic Awards, received six nominations from the SCMA and placed fifth on the Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2020 list for their most recent album, As the Stars Explode.
In keeping true to the traditions from his home territory, Treaty 7, Forrest becomes a storyteller through his lyrics and musical compositions. Coming from a broken home in a rough neighbourhood, Forrest is always seeking and creating opportunities for his community. He has passionately dedicated his life to working with vulnerable populations in both Saskatchewan and Alberta. Forrest channels his personal experiences with grief and substance abuse into an earthy blend of country, pop, rock and folk that crosses all these boundaries. He remains committed to his art, but he’s just as fervently committed to using his story to make a difference.