ROCK, AZ - The Navajo Nation's own country music songbird, Victoria
Blackie, has netted her first two Native American Music Awards nominations
for her debut album "Wanted Man."
is nominated for best country album and best female debut artist.
just happy to be nominated," she said in a recent telephone
interview. "Even if I don't win, just being nominated is good
enough for me."
has taken the country music scene in Indian Country by storm with
her voice, a combination of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. She recently
won the best country and best blues album at the Indian Summer Music
Awards in Milwaukee where she also performed.
been invited to perform at the Nammys and said she will sing "Remember
America," a tribute to veterans.
12th Annual Native American Music Awards ceremony is Nov. 12 at
the Seneca Niagara Hotel and Casino in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
be nominated is great but I'm excited to perform out there as well,"
23, is Haltsooí (Meadow Clan), born for Hispanic. She is
the daughter of Elizabeth Dennison, originally from Tohatchi, N.M.,
and Carlos I. Chavez.
parents met as students at Brigham Young University and she was
born and raised in Salt Lake City. She is married to her high school
sweetheart, Brian Blackie, who is Navajo.
said she loves to perform for Navajos and almost got the chance
to do so in August, when she was asked to sing in Church Rock, N.M.,
as part of the Turquoise Rose Classic bull-riding event. Regrettably,
the plan fizzled when the promoter failed to secure a venue.
loss is Norway's gain, however, as she has been invited to perform
show in Bergen is scheduled for the Christmas season," she
said. "I'm excited for that."
Blackie is working on her next album, and says, "This one is
going to be all me, from the beginning to the end."
of the money coming from sales of "Wanted Man" - about
1,500 copies so far - goes back into travel and promotion. She's
on PR Web, an online publicity site.
has gotten pretty busy but Blackie looks to role models like the
Lumbee singer Jana Mashonee.
really look up to her for inspiration," Blackie said. "If
she can do it, I know I can and that's what I really want to be,
a role model for younger women to show them that they can achieve
Nammy voting is open to anyone but requires that you register with
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