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We are a Native American blues band called ''Cecil Gray Native Blues'' from southwest Oklahoma. In 2004, our band won the prestigious NAMA award at the 7th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FLA. The award was the ''Best Blues/Jazz Recording'' for the cd "Indian Harmony''. The annual awards were established in 1998 to recognize traditional and contemporary Native American artists who make significant contributions to the world of music. The 2004 award winners were selected from over 150 nominations submitted from North, Central, and South American.
I am a seven-time NAMA nominee. I am an independent artist with one gospel and five blues cds. Each of these cds submitted to the NAMA organization achieved a NAMA nomination. With my current band 'Cecil Gray Native Blues', we recently completed an album titled ''Saddle Mountain Blues", which is a tribute to classical blues songs, plus one original song.
On May 23, 2015 I was honored to be inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame at the Down Home Blues Club in Rentiesville, OK. Inductions are based on those who have lived in Oklahoma or have helped with the Rentiesville Blues Festival and who carry the music forward with dignity.
We are primarily a blues band with deep ties to our native american heritage. Band members include Patrick Tointigh on bass, Terry Tsotigh on drums, Tara Cargill as lead and backup vocals, and myself on lead guitar and vocals. We perform a large array of classical blues to progressive blues rock. We have recently expanded our music to include a mixture of Motown classical favorites, such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Al Green, Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Sam Cook, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James, etc. When we see our audience dancing, we know we have accomplished our goal of entertainment.