'Butterfly' by Eli Secody

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PHOENIX - There is good and bad news for fans of Eli Secody. The good news is that his new album "Butterfly" has just been released for sale. The bad news - at least for the ladies - is that the 25-year-old Navajo from Page, Ariz. with the dazzling smile and sparkling eyes has made it abundantly clear that he is spoken for.

The last song on the 13-track album is entitled "Native Lady." "It's my sweetie Trina's song," Secody warmly enlightened in a May 15 interview with Indian Country Today. "It is to all who experience a relationship of love. I express a bit of humor and affection. Including a contemporary vocal, it's a unique style. I hope it catches everyone's heart."

"Butterfly" is a collection of love sonnets not unlike the Old Testament's "Song of Songs." Secody performs a cappella and overdubs his own harmonies to fuse together poignant Native American Church-style melodies aimed toward young lovers.

"The point is to keep the almighty in your heart," said Secody. "My message is to keep prayer in your life. A few compositions are love songs and other songs relate to a couples' life and their children. Happiness, sadness and spirituality are involved."

The "unique style" he mentioned was constructed from such potent influences as the Eagle Creek Singers, Blackhorse and 2001 GRAMMY winners Primeaux & Mike.

"Butterfly" is also unusual for a Native American Church recording because it is sung primarily in English.

"Natives who struggle with their native tongue are targeted. If these Natives lose their interest and love for who they are, that's like saying, 'three down and 10 more to go.' That's very scary and sad. I care about the others as well," Secody explained about his choice of language.

"The singing style in the 'Butterfly' album has a Navajo and northern effect, as well as contemporary [style]. It has meaning - directed to the Natives throughout Indian country - to keep prayer in their life, especially during a man and woman relationship, because that can be deadly as well as very happy," warned Secody.

This is the beginning of what promises to be an abundant career. "Butterfly" is Secody's third album in three years and the second he has self-produced on the Secody Records Productions label. The well-known Canyon Records produced last year's album "The Following Generation, Navajo Prayer Songs."

His first album "Shi'naana - Harmonized Navajo Prayer Songs for the Native American Church" came out in the fall of 2001. The album was named to honor his baby daughter, "My daughter Shi'naana - it means 'my turn' in the Navajo language," Secody said.

He added "She made me realize I had to become a man and responsible. It takes time to grow. I love her very much. God bless you and happiness little girl. Daddy loves you." Much of the new album including "First Laugh" and "Baby Butterfly" reflect his adoration for his young child.

The album also includes an interview with Secody and closing comments by disk jockey Darlene Lee from KTNN Radio in Window Rock, Ariz. The commentary is helpful because it introduces Secody and Native American Church music and explains what he was trying to accomplish with this album.

Eli Secody plans to make an appearance at this year's Schemitzun Pow Wow in Connecticut. He will host speaking engagements throughout the Southwest and make appearances at several other pow wows throughout California and Washington.

Secody has also posed for a photographer and will be featured in the 2004 "Native Reflections Contemporary Men's Calendar." Keep that in mind while planning your Christmas gift shopping.

For more information, visit www.elisecody.com, e-mail eli@elisecody.com, write to P.O. Box 2876, Page, Ariz. 86040 or phone (623) 202-1000.