PHOENIX – After taking a nearly three-year break from the recording studio, Eli Secody, Dine’, is gearing up for the April release of his new album, “Rhythm of a Songmaker.”
Since winning Best Male Vocalist at the 2005 Native American Music Awards for the album “Butterfly,” Secody, 28, took a break from the recording studio to spend time with his fiance, Trina, and their three young children.
Secody also wanted to take more classes to meet the goal of earning his college degree in visual communications.
“I took some time off to spend with my family. I have experienced a lot with my family, my career with music, and myself.”
Like his past releases, listeners will hear the influence of the Native American Church. The harmonies are recorded on separate tracks. “My new album will have Navajo Traditional, Northern and Native American Church styles with a contemporary fashion and sound. I would like to go into a different direction, but slowly.”
Secody said he garners his musical inspiration from Navajo Traditional and Northern beats, rock, rhythm and blues, chorus, rap or any type of music that “sounds soothing and cool on the radio.”
However, Secody said his new release focuses on family, a comfortable shift from his last album where his lyrics spoke of the love between a man and woman. “My family grew and this release will be a thank you, a relief and more to come.”
And indeed there is more to come. With the kids growing up, and Trina pursuing her modeling goals, he plans on participating in other performing arts.
“I want to branch out to different styles of singing. It’s something I’ve been very patient with. I have been waiting for the right time to get into performing arts and dancing Grass Dance.”
Secody believes if his kids see him and Trina doing what they love, that they, too, will be inspired to follow their dreams.
Secody started singing around the age of four. His grandmother taught him how to sing traditional Navajo songs. He humbly said it was nothing serious, but found himself humming traditional tunes while playing in the dirt.
“When I was a little boy, I sang after well-known Native singers on tapes and later CDs, such as Primeaux and Mike, Blackhorse and Jay Begaye.”
As a teen, the casual humming and singing eventually led up to him singing Native American Church songs.
Currently, he performs solo, but when the time is right he said he would like to form a small group.
And how does Secody describe his music to someone who hasn’t heard it before? “It’s traditional Native American Church vocals with over-dubs, my voice over one another, and mostly has English lyrics, giving it that contemporary fashion.”
Secody proudly said that all the songs on the new release are “interesting and good,” but the one song to hear is “Runway Beauty.” It’s sung with a quick beat on the hand drum.
“This song I composed was inspired from my companion Trina’s hobby, modeling on the runway. We did a modeling gig together on the runway in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a fashion show.”
He added that “Runway Beauty” was one of the first of many songs that was he drew inspiration from a drum gifted to him by a dear friend.
Secody got his big break the way many aspiring musicians only dream about. At age 23, while working at a construction site, a friend overheard him singing, then asked for a recording of his songs.
Eventually he sent out 30 tapes to other friends. As fate would have it, he bumped into the producer from Canyon Records and gave him a demo tape. Within a week he had studio time, which led him on the path to recording his first album.
“I would like to thank the Creator for blessing me and my little family,” he said.
“Rhythm of a Songmaker” will be available at Native retail stores nationwide by mid-April. Purchase inquiries may also be made via email@example.com.