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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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 Vocalist Carsen Gray is First Nations Haida from Vancouver, BC. Her 2017 self-titled album received three Indigenous Music Award nominations and awarded her Best New Artist. With soulful lyrics and danceable arrangements, the album is a mix of R&B, Pop, and EDM styles. In addition to writing her own material, Carsen works collaboratively on some tracks with producers like Joey Styles and DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red.

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  Artist, musician, writer, and poet Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is Mississauga Nishnaabe and a member of Alderville First Nation. Leanne’s unique spoken songs and soundscapes are built from personal experience. Her 2016 album f(l)ight sees Indigenous life through a powerfully intimate pairing of poetry and music. Combining the words fight and light, Leanne wanted the title of the album to reflect both the struggle and the warmth of Native people.

  The 2017 album Letting Go is Ojibwe singer/songwriter Paco Fralick’s musical debut. Paco grew up near the reservation in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, taking piano and violin lessons, absorbing the songs of his musician father, and writing his own songs from an early age. His blend of Native Americana, folk/country, and pop takes influences from artists like Merle Haggard and Don McLean while incorporating Paco’s own spirituality and love of music.

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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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