“New Journeys” CD takes two award nominations

  • Feb. 15, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Nominated for Best Female Vocalist/ Best Female ArtistNominated for Historical/ Linguistic Award winning Haida artist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, along with songwriter collaborator Robert Davidson, and classical producer Bruce Ruddell, have once again been recognized for their mesmerizing New Journeys CD. Terri-Lynn has been nominated for Best Female Vocalist/ Best Female Artist by the Native American Music Awards, while the CD has been nominated in the category of best Historical/ Linguistic recording. This follows wins for Terri-Lynn at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards as Best Female Artist in 2011 and a recent nomination for World Recording of the Year at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards. The recording has been nominated for several awards since its release. Terri-Lynn is delighted the CD continues to be acknowledged, and is thrilled to be nominated with such high calibre female vocalists. “It’s an exciting honour to receive this nomination recognizing female artists from throughout Turtle Island,” she said. Songs on the CD were written by Terri-Lynn and her husband, Robert Haida. All songs are paired with world music instrumentation, arranged by Bruce Ruddell. Establishing a connection to the Haida culture helps to preserve the language. “Like other indigenous languages, the Haida language and these songs, contain insights into a different way of living with the land, with each other, and with one’s being,” she said. The Native American Music Awards or the NAMAs are presented annually by The Native American Music Association and Awards, which recognizes outstanding musical achievement among Native Americans. The awards were created in 1998 to offer Native American musicians greater opportunities for mainstream recognition. Winners are selected by a combined vote of the national membership and the general public, who can listen to and vote on nominees’ tracks on the Native American Music Awards website (http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/votenow.cfm). The 2012 NAMAs will be awarded at an awards ceremony in Niagara Falls, New York on May 10.