Mimi Says Be Brave

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Submitted by Don Graham

Be Brave
with your crazy hair
Be crazy
Like nobody’s there
Be happy
Just be yourself, don't be afraid
Just be
Be Brave
Lyrics from the song BRAVE©SOCAN

These are the lyrics from the  first single release off the self-titled CD, Mimi. Mimi is sending out a message to be ‘Brave’ and be yourself and follow your dreams. A 21 year old singer/songwriter, with Native and French Canadian roots, the song  ‘Brave’ is a testimonial to her own personal journey; with red dreadlocks and a retro sense of style, this young singer/songwriter is encouraging everyone to ‘just be yourself, don’t be afraid.’

Bravery is one of the more noble of human characteristics and comes in all different forms. Being brave can be fighting off an attacker, risking your life to save another or it can be as simple as facing a fear or phobia and staring it down. It can be fighting back against a bully, meeting cancer eye to eye and boldly facing the chemotherapy or pain involved. Being brave has no age limit, no colour barriers  and no gender discrimination. We all have the “brave gene” if we so choose to believe it.

Singer/songwriter and entertainer Mimi O’Bonsawin has started a campaign based on her newly released single “Brave”, simply called “Mimi Says Be Brave.” “This is a song from my album and I think the statement it makes is important and relevant yesterday, today and tomorrow. Everywhere you look you see people being brave in one way or another. Sitting around the EMG office one day just before we released this single we thought 'wouldn’t it be cool to have a way to recognize all the brave people that don’t normally get the recognition? So we came up with the idea of a ‘Mimi Says Be Brave’ campaign.”

The idea is people are encouraged to name someone that they know who they consider to be brave and post it on the ‘Mimi Says Be Brave’ Facebook page with a short description of what makes this individual brave in their eyes. The name will then be included on a special wall on all of Mimi’s social media as well as on her website, www.mimi.ca. celebrating all the brave people nominated.

Mimi Photo Credit Gail HarveyMimi
Photo Credit Gail Harvey
Mimi O’Bonsawin has only been only on the music scene for a short period of time. Her debut, self-titled album, was released in late 2014 but already this young talent has garnered recognition and respect in the domestic and international scene. Less than a year in the business Mimi and she has been asked to perform at the Canadian Blast Showcase at MIDEM in Cannes, France in June. The video for the single ‘Brave’ was released at the same time as the song was sent out to radio and is already picking up praise and airplay. “This is a special song to me”, Mimi said in a recent interview, “I wrote  it with Thomas Wade who produced the first album, and it means a lot to me to share this with everyone. All through school I was excluded and picked on for various reasons. I had to learn to be brave and stand up for myself. Looking around I saw so many other people being brave and fighting the good fight on a daily basis. It was time to recognize this and make people aware of it through my music.”

Mimi O’Bonsawin is not your typical 21 year old but rather has a mind that is mature beyond her years and uses her gift of storytelling and songwriting to share her wisdom. The “Brave” track is a rhythmic and radio friendly invitation to explore your inner “braveness” and to be more aware of strengths and weaknesses of those around you as well as yourself. Mimi – an old soul playing new music.

To honour someone you know go to Mimi’s Facebook page facebook.com/pages/Mimi-Says-Be-Brave/1554962974760259 and post the information on the wall and your selection will receive a brick on the Mimi’s Wall of  Bravery.

Call or email your local radio station to request “Brave” by Mimi O’Bonsawin.  Let’s all help Mimi spread the message that is so important to every human being on the planet , BE BRAVE!

Watch Mimi’s Video ‘Brave’

Join her Mimi Says Be Brave Campaign on Facebook