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Top 10 Albums of the Year & Best of Show 2019

"This contemporary Native American Objiwe singer/songwriter excels with lyrics and vocals that are original, authentic and speak of the world of everyday people. He is a profound artist in the tradition of Guthrie & Dylan."  
                                -Thomas Baker, Global Music Awards 2019

The Global Music Awards is a well-known international music competition that celebrates independent musicians. Global Music Awards is widely recognized by industry insiders as giving legitimacy to highly talented artists.'Global Music Awards is recognized as music's golden seal of approval. 

Global Music Award participants are from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Crete, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Guatemala, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States and Venezuela.

Best of Show honors go to Paco Fralick, Letting Go, album, lyrics/songwriting and breakthrough artist.The magic of this artist is the authenticity of his lyrics and the emotional power he conveys to listeners. His all original music is a pleasing blend of country, folk, pop and his clear-sighted Native American sensibilities. Many of the songs on this album are inspired by dreams including In Seven Generation, that reminds us that our actions impact future generations. Where Were You, poses the question our grandchildren will ask: Where were you when they cut down our trees, polluted the sky and poisoned our rivers? LINK "  

Full List of Winners: Click Here

                                      - Thomas Baker, Global Music Awards

Global Music Top Albums of 2019 (click Here)

Global Music Awards is an international showcase for original music, unique voices and emerging artists from around the world. We are honored to share some highly anticipated new albums by our award-winning artists. Whittling down to ten albums was no easy task, but without further ado, we present Global Music Awards’ Top Albums of 2019. Gustavo CasenaveFula Records, Balance, Uruguay/United States. Balance is as much a journey as it is a destination. Casenave has been balancing the musical traditions of classical, jazz, and tango. What’s more, he has had to find an equilibrium between his Uruguayan roots and American home. LINK Marta Szlubowska and Svetlana Belsky - Sheridan Studios, Myth and Romance: Works for Violin and Piano by Polish Composers, United States. The works are performed by master instrumentalists, Szlubowska: concertmaster of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and Belsky: coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago. LINK Matej Meštrović - Parma/Navona, 3 Rhapsodies for Piano and Orchestra, Croatia. This album presents a collection of three rhapsodies: Danube Rhapsody, Chinese Rhapsody and New England Rhapsody. An unexpected treat is the Chinese Rhapsody with pipa, zheng, erhu and violin. LINK Nadia Shpachenko-GottesmanReference Recordings, The Poetry of Places, United States. These rich recordings feature world premiere works for solo piano, for two pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano in a fascinating mélange inspired by great architecture and places. LINK   Nick Dukas, One and Forever Love, United States. The highlights of this album are two original pieces Mr. Moon and One & Forever Love which perfectly exemplify the passion that Dukas puts into his art; carefully crafted, soulful lyrics and artistic charm warms listeners. LINK   Pacho Flores - Gramophone, Fractales, Spain. This master work includes trumpet compositions such as Haydn and Arutunian concertos, the astonishing contemporary composition Akban Bunka by Christian Lindberg and key works in Flores’ repertoire such as his own transcription of Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs. LINK   Paco Fralick - Debash Music, Letting Go, United States. This contemporary Native American Objiwe singer/songwriter excels with lyrics and vocals that are original, authentic and speak of the world of everyday people. He is a profound artist in the tradition of Guthrie & Dylan. LINK Peter Calandra - pecamusic, Carpe Noctem, United States. Sacred orchestral music is rare in the new age and ambient genres. This fascinating and remarkable collection of orchestral music with choir is inspired by liturgical texts from Latin Mass. This album is most engaging.LINK   Ralf Yusuf Gawlick - Musica Omnia, Imagined Memories (Bîranînên Xeyalî), Germany/United States. This is an intensely personal work: a musical offering to the biological mother he never knew. This new piece is a major essay of haunting and evocative beauty, representing the intersection of memories, both real and imagined, of three personalities whose paths crossed only briefly. LINK   Sihasin - Tacoho Records, Fight Like A Woman, United States. Brother and Sister, Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the Navajo Nation have created a unique explosive organic sound of music. The duo uses just bass and drums to intertwine songs and rhythms of their indigenous roots with their modern sound. Their music reflects hope for healthy and respectful communities along with social and environmental justice. LINK" - Thomas Baker, Global Music Awards

Song of the Year 2018-"Women and Water"
(co-written with 3 time NAMA winner Michael Bucher) 

The Eighteenth Annual Native American Music Awards Show took place this Friday, October 12, 2018 as part of the United Southern & Eastern Tribes conference at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls in New York. 

Annie Humphrey, Ojibwe, a musical artist that hails from the Leech Lake reservation, took home artist of the year in the wake of her well-received album, The Beast and The Garden. Humphrey was one of several celebrated artists at the Nammy Awards. Other Native musical artists awarded included Kelly Derrickson for best female artist, Randy Wood for best male artist, Twin Flames for group of the year and Michael Bucher and Paco Fralick’s ‘Women and Water’ was awarded song of the year

According to NAMA president Ellen Bello, there were over 200 music recording submissions for the Eighteenth Annual Native American Music Awards. Bello says it was a special night celebrating Native music. 

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                                -Vincent Schilling, Indian Country News

2018 Native American Music Awards (Video) 

Click here to check out all the performers and award winners including Paco Fralick (22:00-27:00) 

Rhinelander man up for 6 national music awards

Published on October 8, 2018 in Community/News By Shereen Siewert
RHINELANDER, Wis. — A Rhinelander musician has been nominated for six Native American Music Awards, with winners announced Friday at a ceremony in New York.
Paco Fralick, a 51-year-old northwoods dentist and 1986 Rhinelander High School graduate, is nominated for best Folk, Americana, Male Artist, Song of the Year, Narrative Video of the Year and Record/Album of the Year. Fralick’s music is a unique blend of country, folk, pop, and Native Americana with lyrics that touch on a wide range of subjects including alcoholism, homelessness and the environment. He is among more than 220 artists who submitted work to NAMA for consideration. The album, Letting Go, was recorded in part at Whitehouse Productions in Wausau.

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