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Voices Of The Creator's Children Featuring Rita Coolidge

by Cherokee National Youth Choir

Traditional and contemporary Native American choral music.
Genre: World: Native American
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1. Amazing Grace Cherokee National Children's Choir
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2. God's Children Cherokee National Children's Choir
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3. On the Road Where They Cried Cherokee National Children's Choir
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4. What a Freind We Have In Jesus Cherokee National Children's Choir
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5. Canaan's Land Cherokee National Children's Choir
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6. Intro to Orphan Child Cherokee National Children's Choir
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7. Orphan Child Cherokee National Children's Choir
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8. Sunday School Song Cherokee National Children's Choir
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9. One Drop of Blood Cherokee National Children's Choir
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10. North Wind Cherokee National Children's Choir
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11. Beautiful Home Cherokee National Children's Choir
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12. Evening Song Cherokee National Children's Choir
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13. Amazing Grace Cherokee National Children's Choir
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
February 4, 2002
For immediate release:

The Cherokee Nation, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, has released a landmark musical album, entitled: Voices of The Creator's Children, by the Cherokee National Children's Choir featuring Rita Coolidge. The project was funded by the Cherokee Nation to promote Cherokee language and culture.

Voices of The Creator's Children was the inspiration of Chadwick "Corntassel" Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, who has been a passionate supporter of the children's choir. "They sound like little Cherokee angels," he states. Once the project was underway, it received a major boost when Chief Smith enlisted the participation of two-time Grammy award-winning, international singing star, Rita Coolidge, who is of Cherokee descent.

Coolidge has an extensive resume in the music business, and has performed and collaborated with a "who's who" of superstars from almost every genre of popular music, including Eric Clapton, the late Beatle, George Harrison, and ex-husband, Kris Kristofferson. Coolidge first rose to solo prominence in the 1970's, recording several chart topping songs, including "Higher and Higher," "The Way You Do the Things You Do," and "We're All Alone." Since that time, she has performed music for many major motion pictures, and has also been awarded a Native American Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native American Music Awards (Nammy's). Currently, Coolidge is the driving force behind her own award-winning group, Walela, who also records music that honors Native American themes.

The Cherokee National Children's Choir is made up of children between the fifth and eighth grades from all over the Cherokee Nation. Program Director, Jamie Geneva, says that "the Cherokee National Choir reflects the richness of Cherokee pride through music performed in the native language. They are a beautiful group of children who represent our nation through their voices."

Under the instruction of Choir Director, Jan Ballou, the group has grown in popularity by leaps and bounds, with regular performances throughout the region since the group was formed in early 2000. While promoting the strength of the Cherokee Nation, the choir is "encouraging to other young kids to learn the language and culture, by our honoring of the children in the choir. Kids always like rewards," states Cherokee Nation Communications Director, Mike Miller.

Voices of The Creator's Children was recorded during the summer of 2001. The 15 member children's choir (along with guests, Kenwood Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir and the Cherokee Choir, led by J.B. Dreadfulwater) was recorded on location at the historic Park Hill Presbyterian Church, in Park Hill, Oklahoma, and at the Cherokee Nation's council chambers in the tribal complex, with overdubs of Coolidge and other featured vocalists and musicians recorded at Cimarron Sound Lab studio, located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The project was overseen by co-producer and engineer, Jeffrey Gray Parker (who also co-owns the recording studio with his wife, Margarett), and assistant engineer, Don Morris. The CD combines traditional Cherokee gospel music, and original compositions, sung both in Cherokee and English. Coolidge is spotlighted on four of the songs on the album, including the featured radio track, "On the Road Where They Cried," a song about the Trail of Tears that was created especially for the project, and was co-written by Geneva, Ballou and Parker.

Other songs feature solo vocal performances by various members of the choir, and there is a spoken word piece delivered by Cherokee storyteller and musician, Choogie Kingfisher, which is used as an introduction to "Orphan Child." The 13-song compact disc concludes with a bonus track, which is a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace," sang acappella in Cherokee, by Coolidge.

The Cherokee Nation has enlisted the services of TERO contractor, Cimarron Sound Lab, LLC (who is collaborating with a sub-contractor, The Clif Doyal Agency of Nashville, TN) to create a national and international campaign, which is now underway, to expose Voices of The Creator's Children to radio, press, television, Internet, and other outlets.


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jini Lander

C'Nat'l Youth Choir
Reunited at last!!
I heard this 15yrs ago on PBS & have been searching for it ever since; THANK YOU, Stillwaters

Jay Red Eagle

Cherokee tribal members bringing those Nammy Awards home
This cd is fantastic! It's great to see other Cherokee tribal members bringing those Nammy Awards (Native American Music Awards) back home to Oklahoma, and preserving a part of our culture for future generations.

Jay Red Eagle

Mike Wilson

Very moving, it touched my heart. The Cherokee language is beautiful.
Your music is very moving and inspirational. I love the Cherokee language, and to hear these songs in our native tongue really touched me deeply. Keep up the good work, and may the Creator continue to guide you.
Sincerely,
Mike Wilson, Cherokee

Wanda K, Concord NC

This is a terrific cd, the kids sound like angels, and Rita is AWESOME as ALWAYS
This cd is great. The children sound angelic, and the featured artist, the wonderful Rita Coolidge, is as always, great too. LOVE IT!

Suzanne

Great service, very fast service. Courteous, would buy from again!
This is for a gift, so I haven't listened in "person" to the CD, but I loved it on your website. My family is Cherokee on my mother's side of the family. So this will be a very special gift and being Christians, it will be so meaningful this Christmas. Thank you

Janet

Wonderful! I love it - I want more!
I originally bought this for my mother (who is Cherokee) and I loved it - had to buy one for me. It is so very calming and soothing. I would buy much more of this music.

Teresa Green

Cherokee National Youth Choir
Voices of little angels. Wonderful CD. Service was excellent. Glad I found this site. Will recommend to others.

Judy, Cherokee

The songs in the Cherokee language are beautiful and soothing.
The CD is spellbinding. The songs sung in the Cherokee language are beautiful and very soothing.