From pulling a moose bone fresh off the fire on her small reserve in northeast B.C. to the warm cityscape of the West Coast, Niska Napoleon has called many places home. Unknowingly, growing up in a nomadic lifestyle prepared her for a life on the road. That road became her therapy, her freedom, and her endless supply of inspiration. When she is not galavanting through the lands, you can often find her holed up in a cabin in the woods or song-writing in the Caribbean.
Her upbeat pop-reggae single, "On My Way Again” reached #1 on The Indigenous Music Countdown (Feb.23rd, 2019) and sets the tone for her long awaited debut album. As a solo artist, Napoleon has already established a career in the music business, commanding stages since before she was tall enough to reach the mic stand.
With music featured on APTN television shows such as “The New Canoe", "The Mix,” “Mohawk Girls,” “My TV,” and “Moosemeat & Marmalade”, she continues to make a name for herself. In 2014, she made the list of CBC's "9 Canadian Musicians You Need To Know" and earned herself a theme music composer credit for "Moosemeat & Marmalade".
As a front woman for Victoria based ska band Rocky Mountain Rebel Music, (2008-2012) Napoleon garnered fans across the nation, causing sweat to drip from the ceiling in every bar from Victoria to Quebec City. RMRM earned titles such as “91.3’s Zone Band of the Month,” (March 2011) in Victoria. “Monday Magazine’s 2010 pick for Favourite Band” and a nomination for "Female Vocalist of the Year" from The Vancouver Island Music Awards (2011).
Developing her art form authentically in numerous bands provided Napoleon the opportunity to open for acts such as Buffy St.Marie, Kai Mani Marley, Ani Difranco and The Aggrolites. With the ability to transform on stage like an ancient shapeshifter, she consistently delivers a performance that can alter the energy in a room and continues to build her well-earned reputation as a genre-hopper.
Niska Napoleon’s bloodline consists of healers, chiefs and Indigenous leaders. Armed with a given name meant for the stars, she breeds music from the soul of Mother Earth, which she is committed to protecting using music as her weapon.