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Canyon Records Grammy Awards

Canyon Records receives four Grammy® nominations


Three nominations were in Best Native American Album category: "Red Rock" by Northern Cree of Hobbema, Alberta, "Faith" by Kevin Yazzie of Phoenix, Arizona, and "Spo'Mo'Kin'Nan" by Black Lodge of White Swan, Washington. Canyon's fourth nomination came in the Best New Age Album category for "Pathfinder" by Will Clipman of Tucson, Arizona.

All four Grammy® nominated albums were produced by Stephen Butler, Canyon Records - director of production.

"Red Rock" is an album of northern-style pow-wow songs by the top group in North America, Northern Cree. Recorded live by Butler in Muckleshoot, Washington this legendary group has been together for twenty years under the leadership of Steve Wood. The highlight of the album is a song recorded during a thunderstorm in which Northern Cree finds itself in a drum contest against Mother Nature (which the group feels it won). Northern Cree's previous Grammy® nominations include: "Rockin' the Rez", "Still Rezin" and "Long Winter Nights", all in the Best Native American Album category. Northern Cree has released over twenty-six albums for Canyon since 1991.

"Faith by Kevin Yazzie (Dine aka Navajo) presents peyote songs of the Native American Church in lush multi-part harmonies over the quiet energy of gourd and water drum. Yazzie's unique sound marks a new direction for the music of sacred peyote ritual in its use of layered harmonies by a solo artist. Yazzie previously performed with Grammy® nominee Cheevers Toppah on "First Light", an album of peyote songs. "Faith" is Yazzie's first solo recording with Canyon.

An album of northern-style pow-wow songs (also recorded live by Butler), "Spo'Mo'Kin'Nan" (Blackfeet for Help Us) by Black Lodge is their seventh Grammy® nomination and fifth with Canyon including "Watch This Dancer!", "MORE Kids Pow-Wow Songs", "Tribute to the Elders", and "Weasel Tail", all in the Best Native American Album category. Black Lodge has been one of the most honored names in the pow-wow world since the mid-1980s. The group is headed by Kenny Scabby Robe (Blackfeet), and is comprised primarily by Scabby Robe and his sons. Black Lodge has released over twenty-two albums with Canyon Records since 1986.

"Pathfinder" by Will Clipman is a solo album of drum and percussion music. Using multi-tracking techniques, Clipman blends exotic wind instruments, melodic percussion, and vocal chants with pan-global drums. For Canyon Records Clipman has provided tracks for the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, the William Eaton Ensemble, Robert Tree Cody, Randy Wood, Sharon Burch, and producer Billy Williams.

This nomination marks Clipman's fourth Grammy® nomination with Canyon. Previous nominations include "In a Distant Place" (Best New Age Album), "People of Peace" (Best New Age Album), and "Heart of the Wind" with Robert Tree Cody (Best Native American Album).

This year's Grammy® nominations brings Canyon's total to twenty-six, the most for companies specializing in Native American music. Canyon earned its first Grammy® for Best Native American Album in 2002 for "Bless the People" by Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike.

The Grammy® Awards will be telecast on CBS on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Canyon Records, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the oldest independent record labels in existence, and has produced and distributed traditional and contemporary Native American music for over fifty-seven years. For more information on Canyon and its artists, please visit www.CanyonRecords.com.


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