R.Carlos Nakai and Jack Miller to Be Inducted to Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall Of Fame

Phoenix, Arizona, USA – In a press release, Canyon Records
announced that Native American flutist,
Carlos Nakai
and Grammy winning recording engineer Jack Miller, both
associated with Canyon Records for over two decades, will be inducted into the
Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 17th in Phoenix,

Nakai, of Navajo-Ute heritage, is considered the leading performer of the
traditional Native American flute and has been credited with leading its
renaissance. Nakai has released over thirty albums with Canyon Records since his
first Canyon release in 1983 with his output spanning genres from traditional
music to jazz, classical, new age and world.Two of his albums,

Earth Spirit

Canyon Trilogy: Native American Flute Music
, have earned Gold
Records (sales in excess of 500,000 units) and six have received Grammy
nominations. He is a past recipient of the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award and
numerous Native American Music Awards.

Miller, whose Jack Miller Productions has been a subsidiary of Canyon Records
since 2001, has been recording Native American music for over a quarter century
including many albums with Nakai. Miller earned a Grammy Award in 2002 for his
work on Bless the People by

Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike

Miller, considered by many the dean of recording engineers in the Southwest, was
nineteen when his family moved to Phoenix in 1953. He began in the music
business by establishing a music section in the variety store his family owned.
He later worked for Dawson Music, a combination music store, record label and
recording studio, until landing a job at Ramsey’s Recording studio (later Audio

In 1958 Miller made a name for himself by recording the sound known as the “twang
heard around the world
” for the single “Rebel Rouser” by Duane Eddy. This
record went on to sell over a million copies and drew attention from major music
figures like Henry Mancini. Miller moved to Los Angeles where he recorded
Mancini, The Rolling Stones, The Limelights, The Monkees, Waylon Jennings, Wayne
Newton, and Sammy Davis, Jr. to name a few. Miller has recorded over 4,000
albums in his more than fifty-year career.

The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame recognizes artists who grew up in
or started their careers in Arizona. Previous inductees include Wayne Newton,
Stevie Nicks, and Alice Cooper. Other inductees this year include Glen Campbell,
Waylon Jennings, Lew King, and Marty Robbins. Musical performances scheduled for
the event include R. Carlos Nakai, Glen Campbell, Jessi Colter, and The

Canyon Records, founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1951, produces and distributes
contemporary and traditional Native American music. For more information on the
label, its artists and for sound clips, visit
www.canyonrecords.com or call (800)

For ticket information contact The Dodge
at 602-379-2888 or
at 480-784-4444.

[R. Carlos Nakai photo courtesy of Hershel Freeman agency].

Author: World Music Central News Department

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