Native American Flutist Gareth Laffely To Perform At Native American Commemoration Ceremony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nashville, TN (June 23rd, 2014) - - Gifted 16-year-old Native American flutist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer, Gareth Laffely (known as Gareth), has been invited by the Native American Nations to perform at the Tennessee State Capitol, House of Representatives Chamber during the Native American Commemoration Ceremony on Friday, June 27th, 2014. The historic event will commemorate sincere regret by the Tennessee General Assembly to all Native American Nations affected by the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
Gareth has been capturing much fan excitement with his music and live performances across the United States and Canada. He is completely self taught on the Native American flute and combines rock, pop, and world music into a revolutionary style all his own. He released his debut album entitled, "The Journey", on July 17th, 2013, (whose title song was written to honor those who lost their lives on the Trail of Tears) and was recorded with two-time GRAMMY Award nominated hit songwriter and Dove Award winning producer Robert White Johnson (Celine Dion, the Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, .38 Special), and GRAMMY Award winning engineer, Gary Dales. Listen to Gareth's single "The Journey" on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/garethlaffely/the-journey
Gareth's recent participation in a GRAMMY U Amplifier contest, sponsored by the Recording Academy and Hyundai Motors, where he finished in 3rd position for popular fan voting and several TV and on-air radio appearances have only helped to solidify his popularity. He is the youngest member of the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy. He takes an "anti-bully" message into schools across the country. Also performing during the event will be The Blessed Blend, Ryan Little Eagle Molina, along with Native American dancers and drummers.
On May 27th, 2014 the Tennessee General Assembly press office released the following:
(Nashville, TN) - - Earlier this week the Tennessee General Assembly set June 27th 2014 as the official date to commemorate sincere regret to all Native American Nations affected by the state's participation in the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and subsequent forced march known as the Trail of Tears.
The ceremony will be held in the chamber of the Tennessee House of Representatives and will feature heartfelt comments by house and senate lawmakers along with tribal leaders and chiefs. In addition, native dance, music and song will also be featured during the public event.
"Nearly 200 years after the forced removal of Native Americans from their land, a new day is dawning in our great state." said State Representative Glen Casada. "Join us as we come together in the spirit of restoration, honor, and dignity as we acknowledge the sins of our past and step into the future united as One Nation in Tennessee."
All interested parties are invited to join and Native Americans are encouraged to wear their best tribal regalia in honor of the historic event.
Native American resolution presentation and ceremony
State Representative Glen Casada - Honorary Host
Native American Association - Ceremony Host
Contact NAIA volunteer, Daphne Swilling firstname.lastname@example.org 423-580-4366
Honored Guests - All Native American individuals in the United States who have been impacted by the Trail of Tears
Friday June 27th, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tennessee State Capitol, House of Representatives Chamber
600 Charlotte Avenue, 2nd floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Reception following in the Legislative Lounge
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Susan Oliver - Gareth Laffely Management
ROARING BROOK PUBLISHING
PO Box 323
Gallatin, TN 37066
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