By Tesina Jackson
“I’m excited about that because you know a lot of times a musical will come out and it’s successful and then the soundtrack comes out,” Hobbs said. “In this case, since I’ve spent my whole life in the music business, I’m releasing my album first and I’m hoping that the attention from my album will garner attention to helping us launch the musical.”
Hobbs has written and performed many mainstream songs, including “Angels Among Us,” which the country group Alabama recorded. She also wrote “Tsa La Gi, We are Many,” which has been proposed as the national anthem for the Cherokee Nation by the Association of the Descendents of Nancy Ward.
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Songwriter pens musical tribute to beloved Cherokee ancestor
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs dedicates her latest album to her parents, who always encouraged her to make music; her grandmother, who signed the Dawes Roll at age 17; and “all of our Native American brothers and sisters.”
But “Nanyehi—Beloved Woman of the Cherokee” is really for her fifth-great-grandmother, Nancy Ward, who was renowned as both a war hero and peacemaker, and now, thanks to her descendant, is the subject of a musical.
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