Published on June 30, 2012 by Amy
Walela is a Native American trio of singers. The group was founded in 1997 by sisters Rita Coolidge and Priscilla Coolidge, with Priscilla’s daughter Laura Satterfield as the third member.
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Featured as part of Robbie Robertson and the Red Road Ensemble’s album Music for The Native Americans, their distinctive vocal blend brings to life “The Cherokee Morning Song” and has allowed them to tour to an international audience. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Walela had the opportunity to represent their nations — both Cherokee and the United States — as they performed extensively in the Olympic Park. Their 1998 debut release on Capitol Records earned them the recognition of the Nammy Awards (Native American Music Awards) where they took home the award for Debut Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “The Warrior”.