'Round Dance the Night Away,' by Randy Wood


PHOENIX, Ariz. - Randy Wood's first solo venture has the potential to propel him to the very top of his trade. His album "Round Dance the Night Away," released by Canyon Records in 2001, has been nominated in the Native American category for the 45th annual GRAMMY awards.

This is the third consecutive year for the fledgling Best Native American Music Album category at the GRAMMYs. According to the web site of the Native American Music Association, an average of 127 new American Indian music recordings come out every year.

Wood wrote and performed all 10 of the songs on "Round Dance the Night Away." His soft voice and gentle harmonies promote the romantic foundation of round dancing. Round dancing was created to allow young people a chance to dance closely together and provide them with the opportunity to fall in love.

Randy Wood is the co-founder of the award-winning Northern Cree Singers, a northern traditional drum group from Saddle Lake, Alberta. The group has recorded at least 16 albums with Canyon Records including last year's GRAMMY nominated "Rocking the Rez" that lost to Primeaux and Mike's "Bless the People."

Northern Cree has had a prestigious career with no lack of accolades. Their eighth album, "Recorded Live at Lummi," was nominated for a Juno Award in 1996 and was a finalist for the Association for Independent Music award for "Best Native North American Album." Their albums "Dance Hard," (1998) and "It's Time to Round Dance," (1999) were nominated for Pow Wow Recording of the Year at the first and second Native American Music Awards.

To learn more about Randy Wood, write to Canyon Records, 3131 West Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85017 or call (800) 268-1141. You can also visit www.canyonrecords.com or e-mail canyon@canyonrecords.com.

For more information about the GRAMMY awards, visit www.grammy.com.