At the young age of 26, Star Nayea carries a wealth of wisdom and talent beyond her years. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Star has often been described as the "little lady with a big voice," since launching her career in Austin, Texas, and moving to New York City. It was upon her arrival in New York, several years ago, that she fully developed her unique contemporary edge of bluesy rock with hints of folk and traditional Native American vocals. Today, this powerhouse vocalist's smooth yet spontaneous style has impressed audiences both throughout Canada and the US.
Star has quickly caught the attention of the music industry including the internationally acclaimed rock group, Testament, who asked her to record with them on their latest album, "Live At The Filmore." However, she has remained active in pursuing her involvement in the preservation of Sacred Sites in the US by performing a number of benefit concerts for the Association on American Indian Affairs. She performed for Aboriginal Voices magazine's special concert, "Rez City Bluez" in Toronto, and at the Canadian premiere of Jim Jarmusch's film, "Dead Man" featuring Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer. She has also performed for the Native American Journalists Association convention in Bangor, Maine, for the American Indian Society of Engineers and Sciences annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico and will be appearing on an upcoming documentary on CBC in Canada. Star continues her busy schedule by having recently completed recording with Robbie Robertson and Ivan Neville for Robertson's new effort on Capitol Records, she completed a US tour, as well as the Bring Peltier Home Spring Clemency Tour in 97 and "wowed" audiences on both days of the Second Annual Concert For Justice in Phoenix, Arizona.
Her latest work is dedicated to the global indigenous movement. Coming into age, Star, an Indian woman (Chippewa/Potowatomi) adopted by a white family as an infant, has begun seeking her own birth family. But her message goes to a bigger family, "I want to make sure that kids today have a fighting chance and maybe, I can teach the adults a few things too." With Indian issues old and new and messages for the youth and adults, Star speaks to all races and warns them about how the human race is running the wrong way. In "In Our Hands", her lyrics urge, "Although we say we are trying, we can't turn back the years...Can't you fell our Mother's tears? It's up to us. It's in our hands today for our children's tomorrow."
Looking on the brighter side of the dark passages of life, Star's songs carry hope and inspiration and leave evidence of her own life's discoveries. "Release Me," takes a rising look at New York City, and finds a hidden Indian history all over the concrete and steel skyscrapers. Encouragement is what this young diva mostly brings to her listeners, "I'm not an angry, young rapper or rocker. I'm just like everyone else, but someone with a past who chooses to overcome all the pain with a lot of faith, prayer and song."
Star currently lives with her husband and child in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
For booking information or an appearance schedule, please contact:
Ellen Bello - (212) 228-8300.