BIO: JADE HULLEN
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jade Océane Hullen roots come from the Broken Head Ojibwa Nation. Jade was adopted at birth to a French couple from the Haute-Savoie region of France. She enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Arts in Winnipeg at the age of twelve where she studied Voice and performed at recitals and competitions for eight years. She was a part of her high school Vocal Jazz and Choir and often performed solos at school events. She successfully auditioned for Honors Choir ’93 and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir ’97. Jade also received Honors at the junior voice recital ’94, ’95 and was the recipient of the James Duncan Music Award upon graduation from high school in ‘94.
In 1999 Jade attended the University of Manitoba. It was here she decided she would dedicate her singing gift to her First Nation’s roots. For three years Jade immersed herself in the singing of sacred chants and songs with her beloved hand drum. She had the special honor of being asked to share her musical gift at various events including Shakespeare in the Red’s theatrical play “To Thine Own Self Be True” (’99 – Directed by Susan Olson Dupuis).
Jade has also been invited to sing at functions and events in Winnipeg including The Regional Health Authority ’99, ’00, ’01, ‘02, Her Hands ‘98 ‘99, The Pan Am games ‘99,the North American Indigenous Games ’99 and The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards ’02. She also performed at The Festival of Peace in Cold Lake Alberta in ’06& and ’08, a fundraiser for Alex Janvier and his family in ’06 and The Aboriginal School of Dance (Director: Buffy Handel). Most recently she’s performed at The Commemoration and Induction of the New Global Arts College at the University of Winnipeg ’10 and at the University of Manitoba Course: Aboriginal Song and Dance full day workshop ’10 for Professor Rebecca Chartrand.
Jade is the founder of her own company, Earth & Water Arts, established in ’03. She is also a professional Fine Artist with a focus and theme on portraiture and ethnic diversity and a certified holistic therapist. She lived in Cold Lake, Alberta for eight years focusing on her art and is presently living in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she continues her sacred journey with song and drum.
Certain pieces of music Jade shares are sacred ceremonial songs of healing and peace. She has carefully carried each of these with the utmost respect and explains each song’s meaning and the healing behind the beautiful melodies when she performs.
Jade hopes all enjoy her singing and discover the rich beauty of a culture that is ancient, alive and well across Canada and the United States.