Cherokee Music Veteran Receives Grammy Nomination for her Nanyehi Project
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Vocalist, pianist and songwriter Becky Hobbs has received her second Grammy nomination for what she considers “her life’s work.”
Becky's latest album, Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, is a tribute to her great Cherokee heritage. It was inspired by the life of her 5th great-grandmother, Nancy Ward (1738-1822). At age 17, Ward went to battle and led the Cherokee to victory. After being honored as a War Woman, Ward called for peace and forgiveness over war and anger, and rose to the highest rank possible for a Cherokee woman.
Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, is loaded with 17 original songs written to preserve the Native American/folk theme. The music is filled with both aggression and calm, serene chords to reflect the rocky periods during Nancy Ward’s lifetime and how she soothed tensions between her tribe and white settlers.
Hobbs’ first Grammy nomination was as a co-writer in 1988 on “You Are,” a song recorded by Glen Campbell and Emmylou Harris.
Hobbs talent was discovered by Al Gallico, an influential and powerful music publisher. Since 1981, she has been a part of the Nashville music scene, co-writing for some of the greats like Loretta Lynn, Alabama, George Jones, and Conway Twitty. Her co-written song “Angels Among Us,” was recorded by Alabama and is used for charity events, including those by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Song clips and lyrics (Cherokee and English): Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee