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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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  Chris Lukin of the band N8V is Alutiiq from Kodiak Island, AK. His modern rock style is rooted in the experiences of being a Port Lions Tribe member, coming from a small fishing village and subsistence lifestyle. Growing up in a family of guitarists, Chris discovered he could best share his thoughts and opinions through music. He started N8V in 1999 with a childhood friend, inspired by bands like Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, and Alice in Chains. Though Seattle became his new home, Chris’ heritage and values drive the songs in N8V’s EP Nations Rise and his later solo work.

  Bluedog is a family band based out of the twin cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Formed by Ponca lead guitarist Eric Buffalohead and his wife and singer-songwriter Joni who is Dakota, the band has a genre crossing style that comes from a love of the blues and passion for Native issues. Eric is a musician of 20+ years and also a university professor. Joni was encouraged by their twins to fill the band’s spot for a female vocalist, then started writing songs. Their daughter Alex joined the band at age 16 playing the keys.

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  From the band Indian City, the album Here and Now is a folk/pop celebration of generations of Indigenous music on Canada’s 150th anniversary. Vince Fontaine and a collective of musicians coming out of Winnipeg, Manitoba became Indian City in 2012 to represent cultural issues through music and “create a vehicle that would bring in some of these younger stars”. With the help of Eagle and Hawk’s Jay Bodner and Pamela Davis on vocals, Here and Now is Indian City’s third studio album.

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  Sacramento Knoxx is an Ojibwe/Chicano artist from southwest Detroit. Knoxx blends electronic and hip-hop styles of music with Indigenous, Mexican, blues, and jazz roots. Growing up, he had a sense of split identity, not entirely fitting in with the Mexican or Native communities. When Knoxx entered the hip-hop scene, he found a home for his voice. Utilizing multi-media elements to create both live and digital works, he conveys a message of healing and motivation to native and diverse communities worldwide.

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  Tara Williamson is a self-proclaimed poet, provocateur, and pop singer. Born Cree, she was raised Anishnaabe and Métis in Swan Lake, Manitoba. Tara grew up with Native song, drum, and dance. Despite being the only artist in her family, she embraces the traditions of her roots as part of her musical identity. Following the jazzier folk/rock of her two EPs, Tara’s new full-length album Songs to Keep Us Warm is “engaging with the mainstream outside of Indian country”.

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 In Ojibway culture, the wolf is a sacred animal. When naming his new project, Johnny Saga wanted to reference his background and culture, coming up with Wolf Saga. The Ojibway vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist loves the music of the 1980’s. He blends his 80’s synth styles and contemporary indie pop rock background in the EP Auburn Nights, where he writes about growing up, going for your dreams, and looking beyond materialism.

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  Twin Flames returns to Earthsongs with their new album Signal Fire. Husband and wife Chelsey June (Métis from Ottawa) and Jaaji (Inuk/Mohawk from Nunavik) pay tribute to each other and their Indigenous roots, taking their folk sound into more contemporary territory. Co-producing this album and incorporating throat singing and instruments from all over the world, like the didjeridoo and the bodhrán, Twin Flames achieve depth in both soundscape and content.

  This week, connect to Earthsongs at www.nv1.org.  The Native American Music Awards were formed in 1998 to promote appreciation and awareness of Indigenous musicians and create new music initiatives for the Native community. Two decades and many cities later, the awards submissions have increased from 56 to now more than 200 recordings. The show gathers larger and larger audiences each year both nationally and internationally.

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Cody Blackbird is the founder, vocalist, and flutist of The Cody Blackbird Band. Eastern Band Cherokee and Dakota, Cody is the youngest ever Native American Music Awards “Flutist of the Year” nominee. He is passionate about motivating and inspiring Native youth as well as incorporating Native flute into contemporary music. The Cody Blackbird Band features Native flute blended with classic rock and blues in a style they like to call “alterNative fusion”. The band tours worldwide, recently returning from playing at High Spirits Flutes 25th anniversary in Japan.

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