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Alexis Sallee

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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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 From the Bear Clan in Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in British Columbia, Canada, singer-songwriter Cheryl Bear puts Native stories and spirituality to song with her second album release, The Good Road. Blending traditional and contemporary styles, The Good Road connects history and teachings of the elders to daily Indigenous life. As a public speaker and teacher, Cheryl advocates for deeper understanding between cultures and transforming negative stereotypes to positive ones.

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  Lead vocalist and guitarist J.J. Otero grew up singing in church, picked up the guitar at age 17, and started the band Saving Damsels in 2007. That band is now called Son of Hwéeldi. Inspired by today’s politics, the band’s “Native Soul Rock” is now “Resistance Rock”. Along with a new sound and album, the band’s name change, honoring J.J.’s Navajo and Hopi heritage, comes with a lyrical shift to current affairs and Navajo history. Hwéeldi is Navajo for the area at Fort Sumner, New Mexico where the U.S. government forced Navajo and Apache people to march in the Long Walk of 1864.

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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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  Steven Rushingwind, award-winning Native American flutist of Rushingwind & Mucklow and the Rushingwind Project shares with us his third solo album and latest release, “Red Beaten Path”. Steven is from Pomona, California of Cahuilla/Opata and Mexican descent. Building on his healing flute music that incorporates rock elements and world beats, this new project launches in a new direction for Steven, branching out with more contemporary elements and instrumentation.

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January 30, 2017

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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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Of Choctaw heritage from Shawnee, Oklahoma, singer-songwriter Samantha Crain started touring when she was 19 years old. Starting out with an interest in creative writing, she ended up teaching herself to play the guitar. Many of her short stories became songs, exploring themes of the common person in the tradition of folk rock. Following her third album, Kid Face, she continues with producer John Vanderslice and an analog recording style in the 2015 album Under Branch & Thorn & Tree.

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This week on Earthsongs, we’re playing Christmas songs from some of our favorite Indigenous artists, including music from Crystal Shawanda, Brulé, Jana Mashonee, Robbie Robertson, Samantha Crain, Don Amero, and many more.

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 The artist Xandrah was born Alexandra Thomson, a Nakoda woman from Carry the Kettle First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory. Her debut EP Vinyl Secrets takes pop music and blends it with jazz and soul influences. Xandrah and her instrumentalist JFP, or Justin Frank Pelan, are inspired by artists such as Sade and Erykah Badu. With Xandrah’s sultry vocals and JFP’s hip-hop beats, the two performed together as University of Saskatchewan students at events such as the Regina Jazz Festival and the U of S Aboriginal Arts Festival.

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