Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora) is among a diverse group of independent musicians named as winners of the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards Jennifer’s wide-range vocals and harmonies bring to life the sounds of her Native American ancestors. For the past 18 Years she has toured with the world renowned trio Ulali. She has shared the stage with performers such as Buffy Saint-Marie, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ritchie Havens, Sting, Floyd Westerman, and Charlie Hill. Now as she launches her solo career she comes out the gate with a Genie (Canadian equivalent to the Oscar), a NAMMY (Native American Music Award) and now an Independent Music Award in the FILM/TV Category for the song “Have Hope” that she wrote and performed for the motion picture “Unnatural and Accidental”.All IMA winners were selected by a panel of celebrity and industry judges and will receive year-long marketing support to enhance the campaigns for their current projects and careers. The winners encompass both established and emerging talent. IMA winners will appear in the updated, 10th anniversary edition of The Musician’s Atlas 2008 – the independent musicians’ and entrepreneurs’ definitive guide to the music business, available on December 26, 2007.
Developed and coordinated by Music Resource Group, publisher of The Musician’s Atlas, the Independent Music Award program delivers a variety of premiums to Winners including year-long marketing campaigns, partnerships and distribution alliances of millions of music fans and industry decision makers around the world. The IMA Winners were determined by a celebrity and industry judging panel that included: Snoop Dogg, Susan Tedeschi, Ray Davies, Suzanne Vega, Charlie Musselwhite, Frank Iero, Judy Collins, and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, among an assortment of other celebrity and industry judges.
Jennifer is a Core Advisory member of the First Nations Composers Initiative. Most recently, she is a recipient of the 2007 Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Artist Fellowship Grant for music composition, the 2007 New England Foundation for the Arts Native Arts Grant and the 2007 First Nations Composers Initiative Grant, for her solo CD project.
Her much anticipated debut solo album titled Wah Thye Yeh Rak (She Mixed It in Tuscarora language) is due out this spring. Jennifer is collaborating with Tuscarora (NC) activist, actor, and artist Christopher Lowry for the Tuscarora language translations on her upcoming album. She is also teaming up with renowned Creek/Cherokee/Seminole painter Dana Tiger for the album cover artwork. In addition Jennifer was also awarded a 2008 First People’s Fund Cultural Capital Grant Fellowship towards the production of a language CD.