“Toward the Rising Sun,” the theme song for the movie “Te Ata,” has the songstress and writers nominated for the Native American Music Awards’ “Single of the Year.” In addition, Tabitha Fair, is on the ballot for “Artist of the Year” the Ada based band Injunuity is competing for “Record of the Year.”
Fair, a Chickasaw citizen who sang the lead vocal and performed several harmonies to her own lead for “Toward the Rising Sun” performance, is one of the most sought-after harmony and backup vocalists in the music industry. She has worked with such mega stars as Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Elton John and Rascal Flatts. Her career has spanned 30-plus years and has taken her around the world.
Chickasaw Nation employees Jeff Carpenter, Brad Clonch, Philip Sullivan, Brian Harrison and Harley Lewis wrote the song and Injunuity, comprised of Carpenter, Clonch, Sullivan and Harrison, have a nomination for “Record of the Year” for the album titled “Mahli.” The album is unrelated to the movie, although Injunuity members all contributed talents to write and musically arrange “Toward the Rising Sun.”
The nomination is not the first go-round for Injunuity and the NAMMYS. The group won “Debut Group of the Year” in 2007 and were awarded “Songwriters of the Year” in 2012.
Music lovers have already begun voting and anyone may cast one vote per day until winners in all categories are selected. To vote visit www.NAMALIVE.com, click “vote now.”