Jana Mashonee is the featured singer at Coastal Carolina University’s annual Native American Celebration, held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Edwards Recital Hall.
It is a free concert and her albums are sold at Creek Gallery at Barefoot Landing.
Mashonee has performed for the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama and at Carnegie Hall.
She’s won 7 Native American Music Awards and her 2006 album “American Indian Story” was nominated for a Grammy.
She’s a Lumbee Indian from North Carolina, has family along the Grand Strand, is the founder of a non-profit and an author.
All of that is cool, but I’m interested in her visit because I remember her from Davidson College when our student careers there overlapped.
She was a big-time performing talent on campus, and that obviously hasn’t changed.
She is a Native American singer-songwriter today as she was then. But her voice and style encompasses that label and so much more.
Fans of singers such as Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson and the like would enjoy Mashonee’s music and voice.
I had a chance to catch up with her recently via email:
My mission is to spread positivity through my music, no matter what language or style I sing in. It has been my passion for a good part of my life, and I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to do just that. Through my Jana’s Kids Foundation, which helps provide scholarships to Native and Aboriginal youth throughout North America, I encourage kids to know these things: “If you don’t know who you are or where you’re coming from, then you don’t know where you’re going. Stay on the path of life that is true to who you are and who you want to be. Knowing this, all things are possible.”