ONEIDA INDIAN HOMELANDS, N.Y., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, the Recording Academy(R) is honoring achievements in Native American recording arts, and the Oneida Indian Nation and Four Directions Entertainment want to congratulate all of the nominees in an official GRAMMY(R) Fest celebration. "A Celebration of American Music" is taking place at Times Square Studios on Saturday, February 22, 9 p.m. (EST). Times Square Studios is located at 1500 Broadway in New York City. This celebration marks a milestone for Native Americans since it represents the first time a 100-percent Native owned and operated business has been invited to host an official GRAMMY Fest event. A Los Angeles-based production company, Four Directions Entertainment, is owned by the Oneida Indian Nation. "It is an honor to be recognized as hosts of an official GRAMMY Fest event," said Ray Halbritter, Nation Representative and Chief Executive Officer of the Oneida Indian Nation. "I want to personally thank the Recording Academy for recognizing the important contributions made by Native Americans to the American music scene and for including us in the upcoming celebration in such an elevated capacity." The celebration will feature some of the best Native American contemporary musical talent, including Blackfoot-African-American R & B artist Martha Redbone and Mohawk rock and blues artist, Jimmy Wolf. Additional background information on each follows below: -- Martha Redbone -- Winner of Debut Artist of the Year at the 2002 Fifth Annual Native American Music Awards show in Milwaukee, Redbone performed to a crowd of 4,000 at the event hosted by Crystal Gayle. Her debut album "Home of the Brave" has received rave reviews. Billboard calls it "stunning" and Village Voice says she "is poised to be Americana's next superstar." -- Jimmy Wolf -- A two-time nominee at the Native American Music Awards, Wolf has released three albums since 1999 and has shared the stage with some of the world's best blues and R&B artists, including Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Albert King, Millie Jackson and Little Johnny Taylor. Also, in a special ceremony, the Oneida Indian Nation and Four Directions Entertainment will present the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund with a generous monetary donation to be accepted by the Baldwin family. Native American nominees for "Best Native American Music Album" include: -- Burning Sky for "Spirit in the Wind" -- Redheart for "Sacred Season" -- Vince Redhouse for "Faith in the House" -- Randy Wood for "Round Dance the Night Away" -- Mary Youngblood for "Beneath the Raven Moon" The "Celebration of American Music" is an exclusive event for members of the Recording Academy, artists, other invited guests and the media. If you would like to be considered for access to the event, please contact Caroline Weilert at 310-407-6573. About Oneida Indian Nation The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. It is a member of the Haudenosaunee (hoe-dee-no-so-nee), known in English as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy. The word Haudenosaunee means "people of the longhouse." About Four Directions Entertainment A Los Angeles-based production company, Four Directions Entertainment is the first entertainment company founded, funded and managed by American Indians. The overall mission of the company is to reverse inaccurate depictions of American Indians in film and television by producing more realistic and informative programming about this highly important group. For further information, please contact Caroline Weilert of Weber Shandwick, +1-310-407-6573, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Oneida Indian Nation.
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