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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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  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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 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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