Tucson (Arizona), USA – Sacred Stage, on Canyon Records, finds respected
Diné (Navajo Nation) singer/songwriter James Bilagody joining sounds with The Cremains, a hard
rock band anchored by their Native identity in this never before heard fusion of
modem and traditional sounds. Propelled by the heavy guitar driven soul of The
Cremains, Bilagody’s songs evoke the ancient ways of the Dine as they travel the
modem world.James Bilagody was exposed to traditional Navajo music by his aunt and uncle as
a young boy. This love of music would develop into a lifelong passion. As a
young man he was introduced to the music of Elvis Presley and was attracted to
the sounds of rock and roll. Bilagody briefly worked as a DJ at the radio
station KRCL in Salt Lake City, Utah and also at KGHR in Tuba City, Arizona.
He has contributed to several albums throughout his musical career. In 1989 he
Sacred Feelings, with Douglas Spotted Eagle. In 1990 he sang on
Canyon Speak, 1991 on a SOAR (Sound of America Records,) Sampler
CD featuring various artists. In 1997 he was on Wolf Moon with Little
Wolf and in 1998 on
Contact from the Underworld of Redboy with Robbie Robertson.
He also appeared on
One Nation in 1999 with the group Brule.
The Cremains, of rural Arizona, blasted onto the Native music scene in 1997 when
they released their first independent album, Hate You. They also released
a three song EP in 2000. Their singular style of songwriting and performing
earned the group “Native American Rock Band oftheYear” in 1999 by the Sunnyside
Newspaper and earned them critical
acclaim from the international magazine, Native Peoples. In 2001 the group
gained recognition in the “Best of Phoenix” edition of the New Times weekly
entertainment newspaper. Fans love their singing style, live energy and. respect
of their native roots.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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