2016 Native American Music Awards "Artist of the Year"! Shelley Morningsong (N. Cheyenne/Dutch) has recorded five sensational Native American, Contemporary albums and has emerged as one of New Mexico’s finest Native performers.. Morningsong has received three Native American music awards, among other awards and accolades, including Native American Music Awards “Record of the Year” for 2011 (Full Circle). With an alto voice that pulls from the depths of her cowboy boots, and songs with lyrics that cut to the heart, Morningsong will appeal to those who enjoy the music of Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bonnie Raitt. Morningsong has played guitar since she was a youngster, when she also learned to play the classical flute. Since then she’s mastered the Native flute, on which she performs skillful, heartfelt instrumentals on some of her compositions.
Shelley also writes theme songs for organizations that she believes in. She has written the theme song for Futures for Children, a very worthy organization who diligently supports Native children to finish high school and get into college. She also wrote the theme song for Electro-Magnetic Health, a group of scientist's who are working hard to bring awareness concerning the effects of micro magnetic waves on the earth, humans and nature.
Shelley Morningsong has been featured in several magazine's such as Cowboys & Indians, Native Peoples and New Mexico Magazine to name a few. She tours nationally and internationally with the full band featured on her album Full Circle, which was skillfully engineered and produced by Grammy Award winner Larry Mitchell. (www.larrymitchell.com) Mitchell, contributes a strong rock sensibility with his electric and acoustic guitars.
Shelley's husband and musical partner Fabian Fontenelle (Zuni/Omaha) adds a breathtaking and beautiful element to their performance with his traditional northern plains style dancing, storytelling and drumming. Fabian is an original member of the American Indian Dance Theater. Both Shelley and Fabian are recent touring members of the famous Robert Mirabal's Musical “Music from a Painted Cave” feature on PBS Special Performance's. Morningsong had just released her newest, brand new album "Love Medicine" for 2015. This newest album is recorded and produced by Shelley's producer and good friend Shane McConnell of Rock Shack Music (www.rockshackmusic.com) out of New York.