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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.

  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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John McLeod is a Métis musician of the Sapotaweyak Ojibwa tribe. John has been composing and performing music for more than 30 years. With traditional country and blues elements, he brings a spiritual voice to his songs. In the process of fighting to overcome hardship, John dedicated himself to music. He found a second chance at life after undergoing triple bypass surgery and succeeded in sharing his music worldwide. As well as touring North America and Canada, he was inducted into the South Australia Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

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  Grammy award-winning producer, artist, and activist David Strickland connects hip-hop and Indigenous culture with the 2017 album Spirit of Hip Hop. Born and raised in the projects of Scarborough, Ontario, he evolved from b-boy into DJ, MC, engineer, and producer. Embracing his Mi’kmaq and Northern Cree ancestry, David discovered strong ties between modern hip-hop and native music traditions. He made it his passion to shed light on the similarities and bring artists together.

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Peguis First Nation singer/songwriter William Prince just released his solo debut album Earthly Days. A member of the supergroup Indian City, he grew up singing in church and touring with his father, Ed Prince, who was a pastor. William was writing songs at age 13 and helping to produce one of his father’s albums at age 15. He was named “Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year” at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in 2014. The album Earthly Days features his baritone singing voice and poetic lyrics in a style that resembles the likes of Johnny Cash or Leonard Cohen.

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Thea Hopkins is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard. She is also part Iroquois, African-American, Irish, French, and Portugese. She tours internationally with her Americana/Contemporary Folk style, being compared to icons such as Nick Drake and Bob Dylan.

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Acoustic guitar player, singer, and songwriter Cary Morin is known around the world for his unique talent and Native Americana blues-style finger picking. Born in Billings, Montana, he grew up a member of the Crow tribe, playing guitar standards at local get-togethers. Since forming the band The Atoll in 1989, his music has traveled through world groove, reggae, jazz, and acoustic blues influences. This week he shares his third solo album release Tiny Town with us.

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  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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  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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