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NATIVE AMERICAN SONGBIRD VICTORIA BLACKIE RELEASES HER SECOND COUNTRY ALBUM "TRIBUTE"
"Tribute" is filled with a more traditional style of country music that Blackie believes is sorely missing in contemporary productions. “I think country music has drifted away from its roots and now turning to more pop and even rock,” says Blackie. “With this album I pay tribute the great singers of the ’50s and ’60s.” Even though she loves country music she would like to expand her horizons into other genres of music, but for now she is enjoying the country ride. Tribute Album is a must for your collection.
To make it in the music industry, it appears to be imperative for artists to have something that sets them apart from the competition. Shock value seems to be the tactic that many use in their bid for stardom. Artists are willing to dress in eccentric outfits, shoot racy music videos and push the limits with taboo lyrics to generate the buzz necessary to promote themselves. However, country music singer Victoria Blackie, 24, doesn’t employ any of these gimmicks to gain exposure as a country music artist.
With the unwavering support of her family members and a Navajo culture rich with a history of perseverance, Blackie hopes to break through the traditional barriers in country music and make her presence felt with her new album.
A Salt Lake City, Utah native, Blackie has been performing in front of audiences since the age of 3. Youtube videos of her early performances showcase poise and stage presence that belie her age. Standing at just 5 foot 1, Blackie possesses a powerful voice for her size. (You can hear a sampling at www.victoriablackie.com). Her passion for country music and performing are rooted in a family history of entertainers and country music enthusiasts. “My mom only got country music radio stations back on the reservation she grew up on,” says Blackie. “My aunt, Martha A. Chavez who’s a big influence in my life, won the Miss Patsy Cline National Contest competition dedicated to the memory of the deceased icon and as a result of winning landed her a spot on the Grand Ole Opry Stage. I’ve always taken a liking to country music. ”Blackie’s grandmother and father were also talented singers, and the family is involved in many aspects of managing her career.
Blackie’s parents are her photographers, videographers and her aunt is her manager and voice coach. Blackie’s turning point in performing came at the age of 13 when she was invited to join a 30-day concert tour in Japan with a pop group of youth performers. The experience gave her confidence that she could excel in the music industry. Blackie’s next milestone came when she was invited to perform at the 2002 Winter Olympics Ethnic Village in Salt Lake City. Ms. Blackie derives her greatest joy in life from performing. “Whenever I’m performing and I see people singing my songs, it gives me a big kick,” says Blackie. “Parents come up to me and say, ‘My daughter wants to be just like you,’ and it makes me feels really good.
” Her debut country album, “Wanted Man,” has received critical acclaim within the Native American community. Her most prestigious accomplishment to date: eight nominations and a debut-artist-of the-year award at the 2010 Native American Music Awards. Victoria is now working as an Independent artist signed with The Tate Music Group determined to catch and include a bigger audience. She is grateful to her Native American Community for being supportive through radio play on major radio stations in Arizona and New Mexico, Florida and other stations that are located in Native American Reservations. She also has a great following in Europe and counts with thousands of fans on major social networks. She is now working in promoting her new album “Tribute” and is scheduling performances for 2013.
Perseverance is paying off for this talented Native Songbird!