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.

  Hip-hop artist Wake Self comes out of the Albuquerque, NM hip-hop scene with a strong belief in the power of music to change hearts and minds. His career with the band Zoology and more recent solo projects has taken him around the U.S. and Europe, including performances with such acts as Blackalicious, KRS-ONE, and De La Soul. Wake Self’s latest album is entitled Malala, after the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

 On the Wikwemikong reserve of Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Crystal Shawanda grew up with country music and the blues. The pain and authenticity in artists’ voices moved her as she sang at funerals at a young age, a witness to alcoholism and depression in her community. Always self-motivated and ambitious, Crystal wrote an album by age 13 and moved to Nashville at 16. There, she was offered a record deal at RCA, despite being told along the way that she was not marketable as a country artist. Her first album awarded her CCMA’s Female Artist of the Year in 2008.


Special Edition of Earthsongs Thursday November 24, 2016 10:00 am... tune in for the Special Documentary by Host/Producer Alexis Sallee (Iñupiaq)

A one-hour special radio documentary about the resurgence of Iñupiaq drum and dance traditions in Alaska framed with narration, interviews, and live dance performances.

Bonnie Couchie is an Ojibway artist from Pic River First Nation, Ontario. Though Bonnie didn’t start pursuing music until she was 30 years old, her songwriting is vulnerable and exploratory. She describes her heritage as being a strong influence on her musical expression, saying “my music is Ojibway because I am Ojibway”. In a story-telling style like that of Bob Dylan or Alanis Morissette, Bonnie showcases her latest work with the album Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm.

  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.

  Electronic music duo Once A Tree consists of Saulteaux singer Jayli Wolf and her husband Hayden John Wolf. Both Jayli and Hayden grew up as Jehovah’s witnesses and have moved on from that past in part through their music. Starting out as a singer-songwriter style folk duo, their partnership led Once a Tree to release the EP Thousand Lives. It’s a personalized, downtempo pop project, with electro-R&B instrumentation and lyrics exploring themes of self-love and letting go of the past.


Artist (Song) Album

  In 2007, Choctaw composer Brad Clonch and Chickasaw composer Jeff Carpenter from Ada, Oklahoma, formed the band Injunuity. Featuring flute melodies and branching into modern genres, they describe their sound to be “not your grandfather’s flute music”. Injunuity is passionate about doing justice to the tradition and spirituality of the Native flute while merging into pop culture. The band’s new album Mahli was nominated for the 2016 Native American Music Awards’ “Album of the Year”.

  Of Oklahoma Cherokee descent, Barbara A. Warren is also known as Shining Woman. She founded the women’s drum group Otsigeya in 2009. The album Keeper of the Family released this year features Barbara’s original music along with the spirit of pow wow tradition and a passion for the Cherokee language. Writing songs in Cherokee is a way for Shining Woman to promote the preservation of her culture.

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.