TORONTO,17.05.19- – Indigenous singer-songwriter MARCIA CHUM releases a new single and accompanying video, “UNDONE” (produced by Chris Graham), a buoyant folk-pop song that examines the way bad timing can circumvent a possible romantic relationship. The single will be available on Spotify, Apple Music / iTunes, Google Play, and wherever music is streamed or downloaded. The video can be viewed on YouTube. For more information please visit www.marciachum.com

“Undone” offers a sweet, catchy melody, sung in a voice that falls somewhere between Jann Arden and Stevie Nicks, and has earned comparisons to Buffy Sainte-Marie. The song describes how being hurt in love can prevent people from risking the prospect of loving again. The video, directed by Carlos Coronado, finds Chum alternately writing the song in a bedroom setting, and walking through the beautiful landscape by the water’s edge.

Marcia Chum is a captivating singer, of Cree heritage (Constance Lake First Nations), with a smoky, resonant voice, who was born in Kapuskasing (where she now resides), and raised in Timmins, in Northern Ontario. Both her parents are musicians, so music was always a way of communicating at home. The stereo was full of old country like Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, and ‘70s rock like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. In her teen years, Chum gravitated more to Joan Jett, Shania Twain, and Chris Cornell.

Chum is a traditional hand drum singer playing at ceremonial gatherings from the age of 14. She took up pop music when her father showed up at her place one day with a guitar, and told her to learn it. “It was a hard beginning, but I was eventually able to express myself in a way that I didn’t think I could. When you're born with a purpose it will find you no matter what. I wasn't planning on music but music found me,” says Chum.

Through life's ups and downs, music has always kept Chum centered, even during the unthinkable: "Last year, I lost everything I owned in a house fire, except for my guitar – it was in my van because my dad had told me to take it everywhere. That felt life-saving – that guitar has so many stories in it."

Describing herself as ambitious, friendly, and confident, Chum has released two singles, and a cover of the 4 Non Blondes hit “What’s Up?” Her original “If Only” earned a Song of the Year nomination at the 2017 Native American Music Awards. Chum has also participated in a placement with The Indigenous Music Residency, where invited artists from across the nation enjoyed a full week of skill sharing, mentorship, and networking. She has undergone vocal training with Lawson Studios’ Lorraine Lawson and Faulkner Abraham, and has collaborated with various fellow songwriters such as Tia Brazda, Chris Graham and Derek Downham (Serena Ryder, The Beauties).

Chum is also a motivational speaker and has a vested interest in intergenerational trauma and reconciliation. She has been invited to speak at youth gatherings, summits and schools with the likes of Ashley Callingbull, Ted Nolan, and Adrian Sutherland's Midnight Shine. When she’s not busy writing songs, Chum spends her time mentoring Indigenous youth at the Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Centre.