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CreativelyMusical.com Artist of the Week June 11, 2013: Murray Porter

I first discovered Murray Porter while listening to all of the NAMA nominees a couple of months ago.

His entry in the awards that caught my ear was “Rez Bluez” from the album Songs Lived & Life Played

It got my vote. It was one of those songs that sent me on a mission to find more from him and listen to it all. Well, that is just what I did. I downloaded the album from Amazon.com and listened. I listened three or four times or more in a row that first day – I only do that with albums I really love. I really dig this album.

Murray Porter is a blues piano player and singer. His style is charismatic and full of soul. His music reminds me of classic jazz and blues performances and artists that I learned about in a jazz history class I had in college.  It was one of my favorite classes and one of my favorite professors, who also happened to be a jazz trumpet player.

“Rez Bluez” is the song that won me over, but the entire album is wonderful stuff. It is available on iTunes and Amazon MP3. A couple of my other favorite songs are “Call You Baby” and “Dog House”.  “Is Sorry Enough” is a beautiful song.

You can find Murray Porter on:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/MURRAY-PORTER/108126181953

MySpace – https://myspace.com/murrayportermusic

CD Baby – http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/MurrayPorter

His bio and some career highlights are on the CD Baby site. Check out his music and add him to your collection.

 

NAMA’S ARTIST OF THE YEAR TONY DUNCAN FEATURED ON THE COVER OF NATIVE PEOPLE’S MAGAZINE THIS MONTH

Source: NAMA Live

NAMA’S ARTIST OF THE YEAR TONY DUNCAN FEATURED ON THE COVER OF NATIVE PEOPLE’S MAGAZINE THIS MONTH

 

Tony Duncan, voted Artist of the Year by the Native American Music Awards international voting membership, is now featured on the cover of Native Peoples Magazine out this month.

Native Peoples magazine is the first and the largest, paid-circulation, consumer magazine devoted to the arts and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Founded in 1987, it has an estimated readership of over 100,000; with subscribers and readers in 36 foreign countries. Their editorial perspective pays homage to the dignity of the history of Native America and the vibrant contemporary world of Native “living cultures”. Their ongoing mission is to provide a “sensitive portrayal” of the Native peoples of the Americas; inviting readers to journey and explore the rich evolving lives of American Indians.

On Friday, May 10 2013 at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York, the Native American Music Awards honored musicians from all across North America through a flawless ceremony that also featured outstanding musical performances by both traditional and contemporary artists. Over 30 Awards were presented in a variety of different genres and categories that evening.  All winners were selected by the votes of the general public. Nominations were made by registered Advisory Board members of the Native American Music Association.

Hoop dancer and flute player, Tony Duncan took the highly esteemed Artist of the Year award after performing solo and with his band Estun Bah that captured the capacity crowd. The Artist of the Year Award went to Duncan for his latest recording entitled, “Earth Warrior”.  As a previous multiple nominee, this was Duncan’s first ever Native American Music Awards win.

In a surprise special guest appearance, Grammy Award winner and 10 time Juno Award winning pop star, Nelly Furtado, treated the audience to acoustic versions of her songs, “All Good Things” and “Say It Right” which featured Tony Duncan on flute, along with Richard Whitefish, a member of Big River Cree on pow wow drum and Wayne Silas Jr. on hand drum who won Best Male Artist. Furtado was awarded a Living Legend Award for her support of Native American culture and featuring hoop dancer Tony Duncan at her major Awards and television appearances throughout the past year.

Tony Duncan is a five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and is consistently ranked among the top ten in the world. Of Apache/Mandan/Arikara/Hidatsa descent, he also performs with his family’s performance group, the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers. Tony’s roots have taught him the sacredness of the circle, the hoop, and his dance. Tony Duncan’s CD, “Earth Warrior” received three nominations for Artist of the Year, Flutist of the Year and Record of the Year. As leader of the recording group, Estun-Bah, Duncan captures the true essence of Native America. Estun-Bah also features Darren Yazzie on guitar, and drummer Jeremy Dancing Bull, and together they blend traditional and contemporary styles to create an elegantly Native American music. Tony Duncan is now on tour in Europe with his family’s performance group, The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers.

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ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tony Duncan (Apache Arikara, Hidatsa) – Earth Warrior

For more information visit…

http://www.nativepeoples.com

http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/awardsceremony.cfm

Nelly Furtado Video from NAMA 14

WATCH NAMA LIVING LEGEND NELLY FURTADO’S LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE 14TH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS TONY DUNCAN (ARTIST OF THE YEAR), BIG RIVER CREE (DEBUT GROUP OF THE YEAR), AND WAYNE SILAS, JR (BEST MALE ARTIST).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHxpUmmdo7A

Nelly Furtado performing All Good Things and Say It Right Live at Native American Music Awards. All Rights Reserved. (C) 2013

www.NAMALIVE.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMXajAAV7sk

 

Source: NAMALIVE Press Release

Photos from the 14th Annual NAMA

Photos and a full list of winners can be found at http://www.namalive.com.  See release below from NAMA for more information.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD’S RICKEY MEDLOCKE AND NELLY FURTADO AMONG THE HONOREES AT THE SOLD OUT
14TH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MUSC AWARDS

 


l-r Tony Duncan, Nelly Furtado, Radmilla Cody, Wayne Silas Jr
New York, NY – On Friday, May 10 2013, the Native American Music Awards honored musicians from all across North America through a flawless ceremony that also featured special performances by Lynryd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke and Nelly Furtado. Over 30 Awards were presented in a variety of different genres and categories that evening.  Winners were selected by the votes of the general public.
In a sold out show, the Native American Music Association held their 14th annual Awards gala at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, New York. This marked the sixth consecutive year that the Seneca Nation hosted the event. The event was hosted by comedian Don Kelly. The performance-packed night began with a prayer and a song for peace from NAMA award winner for Best Flute Recording, Joseph Firecrow. NAMA’s Best Female Artist, Fawn Wood, then performed a song which was followed by Edmund Bull and Big River Cree who would later win Debut Group of the Year.

The first presented award of the evening was Best Traditional Recording to the Akwesasne Women Singers for “Tsionathonwisen”. Hoop dancer and flute player, Tony Duncan took the highly esteemed Artist of the Year award after performing solo and with his band Estun Bah that captured the capacity crowd. The  Artist of the Year Award went to Tony Duncan for “Earth Warrior”.  As a previous multiple nominee, this was Duncan’s first ever Native American Music Awards win. Radmilla Cody sang and played the hand drum to several tracks from her Record of the Year recording, “Shi Keyah Songs For the People”. She was also joined on one song by Tony Duncan playing the flute.

The next presented award was for Best Female Artist to Fawn Wood for “Iskewewak: Songs of Indigenous Womanhood”. This was followed by the award for Best Male Artist  to Wayne Silas Jr. for “True Round Dance Songs”.

Joanne Shenandoah and Rickey Medlocke paid tribute to actor, musician, and activist Russell Means and inducted him into the Native American Music Hall of Fame. Means widow, Pearl, gave a touching and somber acceptance speech. CC Murdock performed a musical tribute to Means – “Go Rest High on that Mountain” featuring Dylan Jenet as a backing vocalist who just signed a new record deal with Stevie Wonder as her Executive Producer.

Indian E, aka CC Murdock, launched the second half of the show dresed in a black and white jumpsuit and performed a medley of Elvis Presley hits with several nominees as backing female vocalists.

Perennial favorite and NAMA regular Buddy Big Mountain was joined by his sidekicks Windel and Awesome Fox for some comedy and musical interludes.

Jana Mashonee who won Best Pop Recording for “Stay with Me Baby” was joined by an entourage of local hip hop dancers on stage and throughout the aisles during her high energy performance.

The next award was for Best Instrumental Recording to Lynyrd Skynryd guitarist and Blackfoot founder, Rickey Medlocke for his “Homeland Nation Soundtrack”. Medlock also won Best Long Form Video for the “Homeland Nation” documentary series.

The Best Rock Award was presented to Saving Damsels for “Find My Way” in which lead member JJ Otero gave an emotionally charged and humbling recipient speech.

In a surprise guest appearance, Grammy Award winner and 10 time Juno Award winning pop star, Nelly Furtado, treated the audience to acoustic versions of her songs, “All Good Things” and “Say It Right” which featured Tony Duncan on flute, a member of Big River Cree on pow wow drum and Wayne Silas Jr. on hand drum. Furtado was awarded a Living Legend Award for her support of Native American culture and featuring hoop dancer Tony Duncan at her major Awards and television appearances throughout the past year.

The winner of the Record of the Year was awarded to Radmilla Cody for “Shi Keyah Songs for the People”.

In the final performance of the evening, the fierce southern rock blues band, Blackfoot rocked the house with songs like “Train Train” and “Highway Song.” Founding member Rickey Medlocke joined the band for one number, a new single by the band entitled, “Whiskey Train”.

The Executive Staff & Event Production team of the Native American Music Awards would like to thank the 2012 – 2013 Advisory Board members for submitting and selecting the nominees for the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards.

The Native American Music Association and its Advisory Board members would like to thank the general public for voting and selecting this year’s award winners!

NAMA 14 WINNERS
All NAMA photos by Kim Acosta


ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tony Duncan (Apache Arikara, Hidatsa) – Earth Warrior


BEST BLUES RECORDING
Up From The Ashes – Mitch Walking Elk (Cheyenne/ Arapaho)


BEST COMPILATION RECORDING
The Longest Walk: Reversing Diabetes –– Lorena Windfeather Navarez


BEST COUNTRY RECORDING
Ali Fontaine – Ali Fontaine (Ojibway)


DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ryan Little Eagle Molina (Lakota) – Straight From The Heart


DEBUT DUO OR GROUP OF YEAR
Big River Cree (Plains Cree) – The Old Way


BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Fawn Wood (Cree) – Iskewewak: Songs of Indigenous Womanhood


BEST FOLK/AMERICANA RECORDING
Spirit of a Woman – Kelly Jackson (Lac du Flambeau)


BEST FLUTE RECORDING
Joseph FireCrow (Northern Cheyenne) – Night Walk


BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING
The Desire of Nations – Honey Dawn Karima and Cloudwalker (Creek/Cherokee/Cree)


GROUP OF THE YEAR
Big City Indians featuring Roy E Pete (Navajo) – Tuwa


HISTORICAL / LINGUISTIC RECORDING –
Celebrate – Kalan Wi (Salish)


BEST INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING
Native Colors: Homeland Nation Soundtrack – Rickey Medlocke (Lakota/Choctaw)


BEST MALE ARTIST
Wayne Silas Jr (Oneida) – True Round Dance Songs


BEST NEW AGE RECORDING
Among The Ancients – Rushingwind & Mucklow (Cahuilla)


BEST POP RECORDING
Stay With Me Baby – Jana Mashonee (Lumbee)


BEST POW WOW RECORDING
Memories – Emmanuel Black Bear (Lakota)


BEST PRODUCER
Francois Couture – Yahndawa’


BEST RAP/HIP HOP RECORDING
Love Me Down – Ralphael Deas (Apache)


RECORD OF THE YEAR
Shi Keyah – Songs For The People – Radmilla Cody (Dine’)


BEST ROCK RECORDING
Find My Way – Saving Damsels (Navajo & Hopi)


SONG/SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hear My Cry – Frank Waln & Cody Blackbird (Rosebud Sioux)


SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Peter Sackaney (Constance Lake) – Where Love Belongs


BEST SPOKEN WORD RECORDING –
I Am Woman, Kwe – Lena Recollect (Odawa/Ojibway/Pottawatami)


BEST TRADITIONAL RECORDING
Tsionathonwisen – Akwesasne Women Singers (Mohawk)

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
A Tribute To Our Heros – “Go Rest High On that Mountain” – CC Murdock (Shoshone/Paiute)


BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO
Homeland Nation (Various) – Rickey Medlocke


BEST WAILA RECORDING
In Loving Memory – T.O. Combo (Tohonor O’odham)


BEST WORLD MUSIC RECORDING
Hostiles & Renegades – Gary Small & the Coyote Bros (Northern Cheyenne)


NATIVE HEART
Sybille Hummingbird – Serenity


LIVING LEGEND
Nelly Furtado

For more photos from NAMA 14 visit…

http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/awardsceremony.cfm

Visit these websites for more stories….


http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/14591058-2013-native-american-music-awards

http://www.wnypapers.com/nama-awards-2013

http://newsinportcolborne.com/2013/05/nelly-furtado-named-as-living-legend-at-native-american-music-awards/

http://www.wkbw.com/home/207046871.html

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/05/08/nelly-furtado-tony-duncan-rickey-medlocke-radmilla-cody-boost-nama-2013-149275

http://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com

14th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) Winners

The winners were announced last night (May 10, 2013) for the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards in Niagara Falls, NY. Congratulations to all of the nominees and the winners alike.  For additional information about the NAMA organization and the awards please visit http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com.

Here is the release statement from NAMA:

WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
Niagara Falls, NY – The Winners for the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards were announced live on Friday, May 10th in the Events Center of the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.

Winners were selected by the combined votes of the Native American Music Awards  (N.A.M.A.) Advisory Board Membership Committee with an international general public voting membership.  General Public voting was open on the Awards website VOTE NOW page where music tracks of all nominees were featured.

Both new and established artists shared the list of winners throughout a diverse array of over 30 music categories spanning all genres. Over 200 CD and DVD recordings submitted this year for nomination consideration. This year’s Awards celebration kept its promise to be unlike any before.

See below for a complete list of official winners from the 14th Annual Native American Awards. The Native American Music Awards & Association extends its sincerest congratulations to all the 2013 NAMA Award winners.

 
 14th Annual Native American Music Awards

WINNERS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tony Duncan
Earth Warrior

BEST BLUES RECORDING
Up From The Ashes
Mitch Walking Elk

BEST COMPILATION RECORDING
The Longest Walk
Lorena Windfeather Navarez

BEST COUNTRY RECORDING
Ali Fontaine
Ali Fontaine

DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ryan Little Eagle Molina
Straight From The Heart

DEBUT GROUP OF YEAR
Big River Cree
The Old Way

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Fawn Wood
Iskewewak: Songs of Indigenous Womanhood

BEST FOLK/AMERICANA RECORDING
Spirit of a Woman
Kelly Jackson

BEST FLUTE RECORDING
Joseph FireCrow
Night Walk

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING
The Desire of Nations
Honey Dawn Karima and Cloudwalker

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Big City Indians
Tuwa

BEST HISTORICAL /LINGUISTIC RECORDING
Celebrate
Kalan Wi

BEST INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING
Homeland Nation Soundtrack
Rickey Medlocke

BEST MALE ARTIST
Wayne Silas Jr.
True Round Dance Songs

BEST NEW AGE RECORDING
Among The Ancients
Rushingwind & Mucklow

BEST POP RECORDING
Stay With Me Baby
Jana Mashonee

BEST POW WOW RECORDING
Memories
Emmanuel Black Bear

BEST PRODUCER
Francois Couture
Yahndawa’

BEST RAP HIP HOP RECORDING
Love Me Down
Ralphael Deas

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Shi Keyah Songs For The People
Radmilla Cody

BEST ROCK RECORDING
Find My Way
Saving Damsels

SONG/SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hear My Cry
Frank Waln & Cody Blackbird

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Peter Sackaney
Where Love Belongs

BEST SPOKEN WORD RECORDING
I Am Woman, Kwe
Lena Recollect

BEST TRADITIONAL RECORDING
Tsionathonwisen
Akwesasne Women Singers

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
A Tribute To Our Heros
CC Murdock

BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO
Homeland Nation
Various Artists

BEST WAILA RECORDING
In Loving Memory
T.O. Combo

BEST WORLD MUSIC RECORDING
Hostiles & Renegades
Gary Small & the Coyote Bros

NATIVE HEART
Sybille Hummingbird
Serenity

LIVING LEGEND
Nelly Furtado

HALL OF FAME
Russell Means

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