Native American Mary Youngblood,
half Seminole and half Aleut, is the first woman to professionally
record the Native American Flute, and the first woman to win not
just one, but two Grammy Awards for "Best Native American Music
About her second Grammy Award, Silver Wave Records
said, "...Mary Youngblood has always had the talent to stand out
above the crowd, and with this honor she stakes her claim as the
number one star of Native American music."
Mary’s sixth album for Silver Wave
Records is a compilation produced by Silver Wave's staff. Of “Sacred Place - A Mary Youngblood
Collection”, Silver Wave writes, “With rich vibrato and notes that
melt into your heart, Mary Youngblood takes the artistry of Native American
flute music to its highest level. Her song writing brings forth some of the
sweetest original melodies ever performed on this instrument, and the
collection herein showcases the most sublime.
“When this Two-Time Grammy Award winner reflects on her life, she resonates
with the peaceful warrior. Both softness and strength come through in her
deeply passionate music inspired by the wonders of nature. These peaceful
and vibrant songs have been carefully selected to quiet the mind, relax the
body, and inspire one to contemplate the Sacred Place within.”
Mary's fifth album “Dance with the Wind”
won the 2007 Grammy Award for
Native American Music Album”. In an interview after accepting
her award, Mary told the media that "'Dance With the Wind' was
created during the 2006 winter storms in Northern California.
The storms brought extremely high winds; a tall oak lost a few good
sized limbs and the maples took a thrashing. Having an
incredible affinity to trees, Mary looked at them in her backyard,
and thought it would be hard to be a tree right then. But as
she watched them, she noticed how the trees were almost moving with
purposeful rhythm, and with something that resembled... JOY.
Mary related her own personal stormy times to the dancing trees and
realized she could be like they were. She was not going to
give in to the elements either; she was going to learn to be more
like the trees ... and "Dance With the Wind".
Mary’s fourth album “Feed the Fire” was nominated for the 2005
Grammy “Best Native American Music Album”. Mary’s original melodies
and lyrics spanned a
of musical styles and instruments - her wood flutes, piano, alto
flute and sweet vocals. Special guest appearances by Ian Anderson
(of Jethro Tull), Bill Miller, and Joanne Shenandoah, all
contributed to Mary’s album full of energy, warmth and passion. The
tribute song ‘Feed the Fire’ for her birth parents and dedicated to
her birth mother will melt your heart.
Marys third album 'Beneath the Raven Moon', won the 2003 Grammy
Award for “Best Native American Music Album”. Silver Wave records
this a poetic concept album - the title of each track being from
Mary’s thematic poetry reflecting the Human Journey. Mary’s
beautiful voice harmonizing along with her many flutes debuted with
the instrumentation of award winning producer Tom Wasinger. Of
Mary's exemplary flute playing coupled with two of her favorite
American music styles, Classical and Blues, Dirty Linen Magazine
stated, "Mary Youngblood brings a fresh perspective to original
Mary’s second album 'Heart of the World' found Mary weaving her
flute melodies with the lush accompaniment
guitar, percussion and the exquisite voice of Joanne Shenandoah.
'Heart of the World' won “Best Native American Recording” by The
Association for Independent Music (INDIE Award), the New Age Voice
(NAV) Award, and the 2000 Native American Music Awards (NAMMY) for
“Best New Age Recording”. The track ‘Cold Wind’ will blow right into
your chest and thump you hard. It is amazing.
Mary’s debut album 'The Offering' was a solo flute effort recorded
live to DAT in the huge underground chamber of the Moaning Cavern in
acoustics lent an amazing echo and organic quality to the distinctly
memorable melodies that Mary created with her flutes. The Monterey
County Herald News wrote, "In addition to the haunting sounds of
various handcrafted wooden flutes, the listener can occasionally
hear the drip of water in the cavern, which adds a surreal
In addition to Mary’s two Grammy Awards and three nominations, she
was the first woman to win 'Flutist of the Year' in both 1999 and
2000. She also won 'Best Female Artist' in 2000 at the Native
American Music Awards (NAMMYS).
Mary started piano lessons at age six, violin at eight, classical
flute and guitar at ten. As an adult, when Mary received her first
wooden Native flute,
driven to pursue the mastery of this instrument so tied to her own
Now years later with five unique and accomplished albums under her
belt, Mary owns over 250 hand carved Native American Style flutes in
her collection and uses a wide variety of them throughout every one
of her albums. Each of her flutes is masterfully crafted from
different types of wood, bringing a unique sound and texture to each
When Mary performs, it takes only a moment to acknowledge the
profound spirituality of the sacred Native American flute and its
historical courtship and wooing attributes. Her haunting music is
much more than a song ... it's liquid poetry, a prayer.
Mary Youngblood takes little credit for the intense emotions people
feel when they listen to her music. "I am only a vessel between
Creator and this instrument. As a sculptor would tell you, the clay
has a spirit of its own and decides what it will become; so it is
with the flute. These songs came from those who walked before me."
Mary and her family currently reside in Northern California.