Phoenix (Arizona), USA – Three Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) were awarded to Canyon Records’ artists and albums. The 3rd Annual Indian Summer Music Awards were presented at the Indian Summer Festival where the winners were announced on Saturday, September 9th, 2006.
The ISMA are devoted to the recognition of both established and emerging artists for their outstanding contributions toward indigenous people’s music. In addition the awards were created to increase awareness of the history and diversity of both traditional and contemporary American Indian culture. This year’s winners include:
Phoenix (Arizona), USA – Canyon Records’ recording artists have been honored with a Nammy Award for People of Peace by the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet in the Best World Album category. This recording was also a 2006 GRAMMY nominee for Best New Age Album. Canyon had been honored this year with a total of fourteen nominations from the Native American Music Awards (or “Nammys”).
The Eighth Annual Native American Music Awards, or The Nammys, made its highly anticipated return to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida featuring over 25 Awards presentations, 12 live music performances, and a special Hall of Fame Induction of the late Link Ray.
Phoenix (Arizona), USA – From the heart of Navajoland comes Radmilla Cody’s Spirit of a Woman. Radmilla, a former Miss Navajo, expresses the recent personal struggles other life in her second album for Canyon Records which is a mixture of songs in the traditional Navajo style plus original contemporary songs.
Of note is a version of “My Country ’tis of Thee” sung from the Navajo perspective. Special guest artists include Radmilla’s uncle Herman Cody, Klee Benally of Blackfire, and Miguel Batista. Batista, who pitches professionally for the Toronto Blue Jays, makes his musical debut playing the Native American flute on three songs.
Radmilla’s first recording with Canyon Records, Seed of Life, was a 2002 AFIM Indie Awards winner for Best Native American Music Album. Cody also received the Best Female Artist Award at the 2002 Native American Music Awards.