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Alexis Sallee

Host & Producer - Earthsongs

Alexis Sallee grew up in Anchorage, Alaska of Iñupiat descent. Her love for sound for film and music started at an early age and found its focus in radio when she joined the KNBA team after graduating high school. After working as an Earthsongs sound editor along with Shyanne Beatty for two years, she attended college at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. There she earned a Bachelors of Science in Recording Arts. Alexis now resides in Los Angeles where she hosts Earthsongs and is involved in the audio post production industry.

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  Ali Fontaine is an award-winning Sagkeeng First Nation singer-songwriter. At age 15, she entered a talent competition and won a studio session where she recorded one of her original songs. She released her debut album before her senior year of high school was over. That album won “Best Country Recording” at the 2013 Native American Music Awards. Ali’s current focus on Indigenous Studies and Human Rights at the University of Manitoba is influencing her most recent songwriting.

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  Mohawk artist Brendt Thomas Diabo is based out of Toronto, Ontario. His sound is reminiscent of legendary acts like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash with an indie rock twist. Brendt picked up the guitar at an early age and played in a punk band in high school. As Brendt got older, he became inspired by the rockabilly, country, and blues music that was first introduced to him by his grandparents when he was a child. Diabo has toured the U.S. and Canada, once opening for the GRAMMY-winning band, The Kentucky Headhunters, on the Mohawk Reserve of Kahnawake where he grew up.

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  Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota. He is a master of the ancient red cedar Lakota flute, incorporating spoken word to tell stories of American Indian culture. Tiokasin is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY and has been a dedicated proponent of Indigenous rights activism throughout his life. Since he spoke at the United Nations in Geneva as a teenager, he has continued teaching the importance of the relationships we have to each other and to Mother Earth.

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  Ojibwe artist Annie Humphrey, daughter of author Anne Dunn, grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota. Learning guitar from her father at a young age, Annie taught herself to play the piano and was writing songs by age ten. Before becoming a mother, visual artist, or career musician, she joined the Marines and also graduated from the San Marcos, California Police Academy. When she decided to focus on music, her children were her biggest inspiration, motivating her to make a living so she could support her family doing what she loved.

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Patrick Landeza is a Hawaiian slack key guitarist from Berkley, California. Growing up listening to his mother’s Hawaiian records and his uncles’ slack key playing, Patrick developed a strong sense of Hawaiian identity on the mainland. At 18, he began traveling to Hawaii to study under the wing of slack key master Uncle Raymond Kanē. Patrick went on to establish The Institute of Hawaiian Music and Culture in 2004. He teaches slack key guitar in music camps and classes across the country and has been producing Hawaiian concerts for over 20 years.

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Niiko Soul is a Dakota-Métis vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer from London, Ontario, Canada. A variety of guest vocalists join Niiko on his 2015 album Neon Warrior, a mix of hip-hop, dub-step, r&b, and house music that stems from traditional Indigenous roots. As Neon Warrior developed, it became a concept album about the struggles of modern life and the idea that anyone can be a warrior in his/her own life. From age seven, Niiko’s performance and production skills were self-taught.

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  Navajo/Apache country artist Rudy Parris hails from California’s San Joaquin Valley. Growing up, he was a big KISS fan while also feeling deeply rooted in country music. He is passionate about carrying on the tradition of the Bakersfield sound, Merle Haggard being his biggest influence. Rudy had the honor of spending time in Bakersfield, doing a residency with country legend Buck Owens at his Crystal Palace. He appeared on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice as part of team Blake (Shelton), exposing him to millions of viewers.

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  Andrew Morrison and Nancy Mike of The Jerry Cans represent Nunavut culture with their album Inuusiq/Life. Nancy is Inuk from Pangnirtung in Nunavut. Andrew learned to speak Inuktitut as required by Nancy’s father when Andrew asked for her hand in marriage. His bilingual vocals are joined by Nancy’s throat singing along with instruments of Scottish and Scandinavian heritage like the accordion and fiddle. These influences give The Jerry Cans’ sound a unique blend of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae.

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  Plains Cree/Salish singer Fawn Wood comes from the tradition of Round Dance and Hand Drum music. She was introduced to spiritual songs by her parents and grandparents, singing along with them at Pow-Wows from an early age. Through her music, she shares a deep passion for her community and speaks to the strength of Indigenous women. Fawn won the Hand Drum contest at the Gathering of Nation’s Pow-Wow in 2006, the first woman to do so. Before her work as a solo artist, she and her husband Dallas Waskahat released albums as a duo.

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  Toronto-based Cree indie-folk artist Christa Couture grew up in Edmonton, Canada. Her mother was a singer in a folk trio, her father a singer of traditional Aboriginal music. Christa herself sang in choirs and performed in musical theater, then as a teenager lost a leg in a fight with cancer. As an adult and mother, Christa lost two children before they reached the age of two. These tragedies inform her music, have inspired her to appreciate the more cliché breakup songs, and bring a unique joy and insight to her writing.

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