The Native Circle hosts another NAMMY Award Winner!

by Laura K. Vannah on June 13, 2011

The Native Circle hosts another Native American Music Award Winner on June 25, 2011 from 2-4pm at Sainte Marie among the Iroquois, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool NY.

Sayani's Jorie & Christie West

Sayani's Christie & Jorie West

Native Circle Hosts Sayani, Jorie & Christie West, winners of the 2010 Native American Music Award (NAMMY™) for Best Gospel / Inspirational Recording, includes Syracuse on their debut East Coast Tour.

Just weeks ago the Native Circle hosted 5 NAMMY™ nominated and award-winning artists at 4th Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival. A thousand people came to experience the talented, inspiring Native American artists the festival brings to their stage, and together create unity through the celebration of our diversity.

There were ten hours of award-winning Native American performances, storytelling, and presentations all while remaining free to the public. This celebration was enjoyed by all, from our youngest attendee who was six days old to our oldest who was 92. Over 20 vendors were on hand selling a wide variety of handmade items and the dozen volunteers all worked to ensure the weekend run smoothly.

Due to the success of the 4th Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival, Laura K. Vannah, founding Executive Director, was asked by Donald Blackfox, CEO of Spirit Wind Records and Promotions and founder of the Thunder Hawk Singers, to bring Sayani to Central New York during their debut East Coast Tour.

Sayani’s Jorie and Christie West are known for their unique blend of rich, beautiful harmonies. After working for many years as studio musicians and backup vocalists on the mainland and in Hawaii, the award-winning mother and daughter duo began singing together as Sayani (Cherokee word meaning Zion).

Sayani is the Native American arm of the Aloha Ke Akua Ministries, a ministry of Indigenous peoples all over the world. While living in Hawaii the Wests sang with the Hawaiian group Na Kahu and sang back up vocals on various albums throughout the state. They have travelled as Ambassadors of the Aloha Spirit to Australia, New Zealand, and the West Coast of Mainland USA. In August of 2006 they moved to Texas to begin their fulltime ministry.

Sayani won the 2010 Native American Music Award for Best Gospel/Inspiration Recording for their album, Sacred Fire. In 2010, they also released Break Away, the new single written specifically for the compilation CD The Color of Hope, a project by Spirit Wind Records & Promotions to help women who are victims of domestic violence.

Sayani joined 21 Native American artists and Spirit Wind Records & Promotions on the 2009 compilation CD Rise Up: Music from Native America to benefit the homeless by providing support to homeless shelters. In 2007 Indian Summer Awards nominated Sayani’s Na Kahu II Album Call to the Nations. They won the 2005 Indian Summer Awards Winner for Best Spiritual Album with their Aloha Ke Akua album,Na Kahu. In 2004  Nvda Sunalei was nominated for the Indian Summer Music Awards in both Country and Religious Album categories. They received seven nominations for the Hawaiian Hoku Awards. And in 2003 Nvda Sunalei, Sayani’s debut album, received five nominations for the Native American Music Awards.

Jorie and Christie (Sayani) have been a part of our work here in New Mexico with the Navajo People for around 8 years. Their unique style of music is inspirational. The message woven into their music will challenge you to a deeper walk with Jesus and, at the same time, give you great insight into the heart of indigenous people worldwide.Duane Bristow, Pastor, 1st Nations Gathering; Exec. Dir. Navajo BIC Mission

Sayani is a remarkable combination of exquisite musicianship and creative writing that touches the souls of people of faith. Drawing on imagery familiar to Native Americans and people of awareness, Sayani challenges as well as informs in a unique verbal and musical way that is unforgettable. ~ Rev. Jon Walters, Pastor/Executive Director
Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission (Since 1827)

The Native Circle Hosts SayaniThe 2009 NAMMY™ Award-winning Thunder Hawk Singers will open for Sayani.

With the dedication of the Native Circle to embrace diversity and spread the message of unity CNY is rapidly becoming a must stop in the NAMMY™ community.

Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family and can be purchased by calling 315-453-6767.

The celebration of diversity through the universal language of music promotes the uniqueness of one’s self and one’s culture while cultivating the unity our diversity brings to our community.

Come join us on June 25 from 2-4pm for an afternoon of music!

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