"The Human Race, is the Face of All People, Different Tongues, One Heart"
..Native Folk & Blues Rocker Keith Secola is an accomplished artist: award-winning musician, guitarist, Native flute player; singer, songwriter, and producer. His music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe.
Keith Secola is a seven-time Native American Music Award winner, receiving numerous NAMMY nominations in various categories. His NAMMY winnings include: Artist of the Year, Best Producer, Best Folk/Country Recording, Best Blues/Jazz Recording and Best Independent Recording, Best Linguistic Recording, Best Instrumental Recording. He has received various NAMMY nominations including: Songwriter of the Year, Record of the Year, Song/Single of the Year, Best Historical Recording.
His most recent album "Life Is Grand" features songs written during the boarding school trials. Secola watched as the victims were instructed they could not identify their abusers by name. The testimony so impacted Secola it inspired his creativity in writing during breaks in the trails resulting in the popular single "Say Your Name" which he included on the album in tribute to the abused and as a true legacy for generations to come.
Secola's NAMMY for Producer of the Year is for Best Linguistic Recording for the album "ANISHINABEMOIN" featuring teacher Karen Drift. His most famous song "NDN KARS" is considered the Contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on Native radio in the US and Canada.
Keith Secola who is Anishinabe, commonly referred to Ojibwe or Chippewa, is originally from the Mesabi Iron Range country of Northern Minnesota. He is a member of the Anishinabe Nation of Northern Minnesota and Southern Ontario, Canada, which is one of the largest Indigenous ethnic groups north of the Rio Grande. In Canada, they are the second-largest First Nations population, surpassed only by the Cree. In the United States, they have the fourth-largest population among Native American tribes, surpassed only by the Navajo, Cherokee, and Lakota-Dakota-Nakota people.
In 2011, Keith Secola was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame, joining Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gayle, Richie Valens among other inductees. His known as the "Godfather of Native Americana" and is the owner of AKINA Records, Phoenix, AZ.
This week the single "Life is Grand" from the self titled album by Keith Secola broke into the TOP 30 Charts on Mainstream American Radio.