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My name is Katherine Paul and I am Black Belt Eagle Scout. KP is a musician from the Swinomish Indian Tribal community. Coming from Swinomish and Iñupiaq backgrounds, KP's love for music started at a young age as her dad sang her Coast Salish lullabies. BBES has toured across turtle island in promotion of multiple albums released by Saddle Creek.
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Byron Nicholai is my legal name but Uqill'aq is my Yup'ik name. My dad is David Nicholai from Atmautluak and my mom is Dora Nicholai from Toksook Bay. My dad's parents are James and Ina Nicholai from Atmautluak and my mom's parents are Teddy and Theresa Moses from Toksook Bay.
Described as one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today, Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America like no other, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as roots-infused Native Americana with hints of bluegrass, folk, blues, and rock.
Hailing from Albuquerque, NM and the Diné Nation, Def-i’s eclectic repertoire has provided him much success and opportunity; MC, Producer, Artist-Educator, Def-i is not just a rapper. He's a true artist that bleeds his craft on two tracks that unite the young and old.
When Oklahoma-bred, Cherokee/Mvskoke songwriter, Kalyn Fay, sings, youll hear her confessions and acceptance, vulnerability, hard-fought lessons, and measured determination. The narrative, the life lived, is hers; the warmth of her voice entrusts her story to those who will listen.
Alaska Native award winning singer/songwriter Kim Moberg,began playing guitar at age 14 but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her dream of becoming a performer. In 2014, she overcame that stagefright and wrote her first song. She has since recorded 2 albums.
Brother and Sister Jeneda and Clayson Benally have been performing throughout the world. First as the high energy social political band Blackfire the navajo Nations 1st punk rock band and currently Sihasin as a duo more focussed on Hope and healing and still high in energy.
Performing songwriter Thea Hopkins describes her music as Red Roots Americana. A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, the Washington Post called her a standout writer. Theas 2019 performances include the Kennedy Center (DC) the Summertyne Americana Festival (UK) and Banff Centre For The Arts (CAN).