Alexis Sallee

Host & Producer - Earthsongs

Alexis Sallee grew up in Anchorage, Alaska of Iñupiat descent. Her love for sound for film and music started at an early age and found its focus in radio when she joined the KNBA team after graduating high school. After working as an Earthsongs sound editor along with Shyanne Beatty for two years, she attended college at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. There she earned a Bachelors of Science in Recording Arts. Alexis now resides in Los Angeles where she hosts Earthsongs and is involved in the audio post production industry.

  Fresh Water is an exploratory and experimental album from life-long friends Arlo Hannigan and Bryan Muktoyuk. From Nome, Alaska the group combines Hannigan’s melodies, lyrics, and guitar with Muktoyuk’s native vocables and Iñupiaq drum. Muktoyuk has a history of drumming and singing with the King Island Eskimo Dancers while Hannigan brings experience having worked on various projects as a singer/songwriter. Their separate backgrounds come together in Fresh Water, harnessing a unique musical voice.

April 10, 2017

Mohawk artist Brendt Thomas Diabo is based out of Toronto, Ontario. His sound is reminiscent of legendary acts like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash with an indie rock twist. Brendt picked up the guitar at an early age and played in a punk band in high school. As Brendt got older, he became inspired by the rockabilly, country, and blues music that was first introduced to him by his grandparents when he was a child. Diabo has toured the U.S. and Canada, once opening for the GRAMMY-winning band, The Kentucky Headhunters, on the Mohawk Reserve of Kahnawake where he grew up.

  Navajo/Apache country artist Rudy Parris hails from California’s San Joaquin Valley. Growing up, he was a big KISS fan while also feeling deeply rooted in country music. He is passionate about carrying on the tradition of the Bakersfield sound, Merle Haggard being his biggest influence. Rudy had the honor of spending time in Bakersfield, doing a residency with country legend Buck Owens at his Crystal Palace. He appeared on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice as part of team Blake (Shelton), exposing him to millions of viewers.

Komplex Kai has been making hip-hop music for a decade. Born Kisar Jones-Fryberg, he is a 28-year-old member of the Tulalip Tribe from Tulalip, Washington. Kai is passionate about sharing the struggles he and people around him faced growing up on the Tulalip Indian reservation. He was inspired by poetry and old school hip-hop in his youth which led him to create his own original music, writing short poems and recording onto a boom box. Kai now has his own record label called KK Entertainment. His 2015 album “Unforgiven” showcases his unique style of hip-hop.

Scandinavian Inuit singer/songwriter Simon Lynge grew up in Qaqortoq, Greenland. From his childhood learning music from his accordionist father and tending to his neighbor’s sheep, Simon was involved in theater and grew up to enroll in the Holstebro Music Conservatory in Denmark. His music career includes collaborations with band members of great artists such as James Taylor, Bruce Springstein, and Paul Simon. Following his critically acclaimed debut album, Simon released his second album The Absence of Fear.

 Ali Fontaine is an award-winning Sagkeeng First Nation singer-songwriter. At age 15, she entered a talent competition and won a studio session where she recorded one of her original songs. She released her debut album before her senior year of high school was over. That album won “Best Country Recording” at the 2013 Native American Music Awards. Ali’s current focus on Indigenous Studies and Human Rights at the University of Manitoba is influencing her most recent songwriting.

Patrick Landeza is a Hawaiian slack key guitarist from Berkley, California. Growing up listening to his mother’s Hawaiian records and his uncles’ slack key playing, Patrick developed a strong sense of Hawaiian identity on the mainland. At 18, he began traveling to Hawaii to study under the wing of slack key master Uncle Raymond Kanē. Patrick went on to establish The Institute of Hawaiian Music and Culture in 2004. He teaches slack key guitar in music camps and classes across the country and has been producing Hawaiian concerts for over 20 years.

Earthsongs airs Thursdays at 10:00am and repeats Saturdays at 11:00am.