New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ PLA Media)
Longtime country music singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is going back home this Sunday, November 6th for the Cherokee Inaugural Ceremony of newly elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Bill John Baker.
She has been invited to perform a song she wrote to honor her Cherokee ancestors during this cultural event.
When: Sunday, November 6, 2011
Where: Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, OK
"I am honored and humbled to be invited to perform Tsa La Gi - We Are Many for my fellow Cherokees at this festive event. It means so much to me to be able to contribute something to our great Cherokee Nation," says Becky. She will be joined by her producer, arranger and guitarist Duane Sciacqua, mezzo-soprano Barbara
McAlister, flutist Tonya
Russell and the Cherokee National Youth Choir.
Becky, who was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and 5th-great granddaughter of Nancy Ward ("Nanyeh"), who went to battle at age 17 and led the Cherokee to victory. After being honored as a War Woman, she advocated for peace and forgiveness over war and anger, and rose to the highest rank possible for a Cherokee woman.
The Grammy ballot is out and Becky Hobbs is in for her latest Native American/folk project, Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, a collection of songs she considers "her life's work" and a tribute to her great Cherokee heritage. This album is loaded with 17 original songs, in which she either wrote or co-wrote, and is full of aggression countered by calming chords of serenity to express rocky periods the tribe went through during Nancy Ward's life and how she soothed tensions between her tribe and white settlers.
As a vocalist, pianist and songwriter, Hobbs was discovered in L.A. by Al Gallico, one of the most influential and powerful music publishers in the postwar music era. Since 1981, Hobbs has been a friend to the Nashville music scene, co-writing for some of the greats like Loretta Lynn, Alabama, George
Jones, and Conway Twitty. Her co-written "Angels Among Us," which was recorded by Alabama, has been used on numerous occasions for various charity events, including those for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.