Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Shanti Abbott, also known as Puma June, evokes a hopeful sadness through her introspective songwriting. The self-taught pianist, guitarist, and Suzuki-trained violinist, has a dreamy yet rich, experimental chamber-pop style, with a sprinkle of R&B.
An “emerging Canadian artist you need to hear” (Exclaim!), her elegant voice and focus on women’s rights and familial trauma combine to produce melodies that are both heart-wrenchingly ethereal and powerfully transformational. June’s intimate new song “Holy” views vulnerability as strength, an empowering anthem dedicated to women and non-binary people searching for self-love as they rediscover their value.
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June wants to continue to change the conversation in pop music – talking about the hard truths and painful pasts that shape us into the people we become. June uses songwriting and music to express hardships in order to help herself and others heal.