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ABOUT THE PROJECT
Cherokee Voices: A Spoken Soundtrack by the Trail of Tears Women (released March 2018) is an original spoken cinematic story of individual poetic monologues set to original music from the viewpoint of the Cherokee women of the Okono Lufty tribe of the Eastern Carolina Smoky Mountains during the Trail of Tears from 1928 to 1832.
The story, poetry/lyrics, vocals, book/CD cover design and authorship are by Janice Kephart, and the music features the guitars, musical composition and production by Buddy Speir and performance by internationally renowned Native American flutiest Alexandro Querevalú. Sound engineering is by platinum professional Sean Russell, and multiple Grammy and Oscar winner Gavin Lurssen mastered the album (his second for Kephart).
The historical basis for the album is the work of Janice's great grandfather, Horace Kephart, author of The Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains. Kephart is considered by many (including President Obama) as the founder and reason that the Great Smoky Park was created. Kephart's photos and writings are archived at Western Carolina University. The album is based on extensive research of Kephart's archive at Western Carolina University as well as the culture of the Smoky Mountain Cherokees. The characters are fictional.
See more, including excerpts and President Obama's speech regarding Horace Kephart (as well as prior year Grammy submissions) at janicekephartmusic.com.
Executive Producer Janice Kephart Concept, Words, Spoken Vocals (all tracks), Graphics
Producer Buddy Speir Music Score, all Guitars, Synth, Organ (all tracks)
Alexandro Querevalú All Native American Flutes, Animal Sounds, Male Vocals, Shell Rattles (tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)
Andy Hamburger Percussion, Drums (all tracks)
Sean Russell Engineering, Mix (all tracks)
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Recorded at Cue Studios' Red Room, Falls Church, VA
Julia (Jay) Kephart Roberts Thistle Art, Photos