Singer/songwriter/musician, poet, artist, dancer, actor, teacher, and activist: This “Renaissance woman” is the founding member of the internationally renowned native woman’s a capella trio, ‘Ulali’, and is recognized for creating a new genre, bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of the “mainstream” music industry.
Pura Fe has studied and performed with ‘The American Ballet Theatre’ company’, has been in several Broadway musicals and TV commercials. She has sung for ‘The Mercer Ellington Orchestra’, countless Jazz, R&B, Rock bands and has stamped her distinct vocals on many recordings, demo’s, jingles, music videos and movie sound tracks/trailers through out her career. She was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) with ‘Kanatanaski & Pura Fe’ for best aboriginal music video. She’s appeared on
Jay Leno’s ‘The Tonight Show’, UK’s ‘The Late Show’ and Brazil’s ‘Joe Suares Show’ with Ulali and Robbie Robertson. Pura Fe has toured world wide, in concert halls, festivals, nightclubs, universities,
Pow Wow’s, conferences, campaigns and endless benefits…for environmental and humanitarian rights. In “Indian Country”, Pura Fe holds a “Smoke Dance” champion title and is a recipient of the ‘Community Spirit Award’ from the ‘First People’s Fund’ of the Tides Foundation, for her volunteered cultural contributions of traditional song and dance, working with Native youth groups in North Carolina.
Pura Fe has done vocal workshops instructing Native theatre schools, women’s drum groups and has cultivated several traditional singing dance troops from her Nation.
Pura Fe launched her solo career touring her new album ‘Follow Your Hearts Desire’… on the ‘Music Maker Relief Foundation’ blues label. Her soulful voice and acoustic lap steel slide guitar, carries the ancestral message of the “Indigenous World” and the missing history that unified and separated the blood ties of Black and Indian people of the South. With a fresh new take, Pura Fe resurrects and elegantly states the common bond and the indigenous influence on the “birth of the blues”!
Pura Fé has now released her 2nd solo album, ‘Hold The Rain’ on Music Maker Relief Foundation label and European distribution by Dixie Frog label (France). ‘Hold The Rain’ is a more personal collection of music where Pura Fé is joined by one of Seattle’s finest guitarist, Danny Godinez. This great song album is infused with Danny’s heavy acoustic melodic guitar picking, Pura Fé’s signature lush vocal harmonies and slide guitar. In 2006, Pura Fe' won a Nammy (Native American Music Award) for Best Female Artist. She also won a L’académie Charles Cros Award (France) for Best World Album.