Live Oak (California), USA – Feather River Singers, a Native
Women’s pow wow group from Northern California has been nominated for a Native
American Music Award (NAMMY) as Debut Artist/Group of the Year. The group breaks
into new Native musical territory as women in a typically male genre. The NAMMYs
are the Native community’s equivalent to the Grammy awards. The winners will be
announced June 8 at the Awards Ceremony at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
in Hollywood, Florida.
Their debut CD
Daughters of the Earth is a collection of twelve original songs in
Cherokee and English. The women bring melody and a Cherokee touch to their
sound. The sound studio was in a natural outdoor setting incorporating the
sounds of birds into the songs. Larry Badger and Curt Burrows of Joyful Sound
mixed and mastered the CD in the Yuba City studio. Prentice Robinson, Cherokee
linguist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was project language consultant.
The public can vote now at www.nammys.com
for their favorite Native artists in 26 categories of music, from Debut artist
to rap and hip hop. Go online, click “vote” (before voting you’ll be asked to
create a free login and password). The group will perform May 26-28 at DQ
University Pow Wow. You can check out their sound online at
Songs from the new CD have been featured on KZFR 90.1 FM “Native Voices” from
Chico, Dream Walk on KVMR 89.5 FM from Nevada City, and on other Native radio
stations in the Southwest. Feather River Singers appeared live on “Take Five” on
North Valley Television Channel 19 in Yuba City and sang live on KVMR FM for
Indigenous Peoples Day and Dream Walk Native Radio.