Announcing the 2019 Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Honoree Brooke Simpson
Phoenix Indian Center
The Phoenix Indian Center is honored to award Brooke Simpson as the honorary Leon Grant Awardee. She is an American Indian pop singer who rose to national attention in the 2017 NBC talent competition, The Voice. A member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, Simpson grew up in North Carolina and recorded her first song at two years old. As a third-place finisher on The Voice, Brooke is no stranger to music. She is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. In her early years, Brooke traveled with her family singing from church to church around the US.
As Brooke continued to develop vocally, she was crowned Female vocal winner of the International Teen Talent competition, which awarded her the opportunity to attend Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. In college, Brooke began to discover who she is an individual, and as an artist. Through life experiences in her college years, Brooke began to dig deeper into songwriting, which led to her recording her first solo EP.
Not long after, Brooke auditioned for The Voice. Unfortunately, she didn't make it past the preliminary rounds, which was discouraging, but it didn't stop her. Brooke also continued to refine her songwriting skills and, little did she know, four years later she would be receiving a phone call from a producer of The Voice asking her to give the reality show one more try. This opportunity led to her receive a four-chair turn and the opportunity to work with Miley Cyrus. While on the show, Brooke's weekly performance charted on the iTunes top 10 week after week.
Now with a large and ever-growing fan base, Brooke is touring, writing, recording, and has released her debut single, 2AM, which charted on the iTunes pop charts, and has released a video for her single Perfect. Brooke continues to use her success to engage with the American Indian community through sharing her story and providing encouraging and uplifting stories about personal struggles, determination and commitment, and being true to yourself. Brook is also featured entertainment and will be providing a private concert for all Silver and Turquoise Ball attendees.
Be sure to join us for this phenomenal opportunity.
About the Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Award and Mr. Grant
In 1947 Leon Grant and community members, along with the Mayor of the City of Phoenix, Ray Busey, formed the Phoenix Indian Center. Grant, from the Omaha tribe in Nebraska, arrived in Phoenix in the early 1940's and recognized the struggles of people leaving their reservation lands for the City. He also noticed signs in cafe windows reading "Whites Only." He then made it his mission to start the Center and ensure all felt welcome. He ultimately stepped up and filled a void by creating a safe haven, a place to find a job, housing and other services targeted for American Indians. Grant, a graduate of Phoenix College and an avid horseman, passed away at the age of 90 in 2015.
The award, established in 2013, is named in honor of the late Mr. Grant, who also served as the first Executive Director of the Phoenix Indian Center. Each year, the Phoenix Indian Center recognizes an individual or organization for their service, commitment, and dedication to the betterment of the American Indian community.
Previous honorees include: Leon Grant; Ernest "Ernie" L. Stevens, Sr.; Dr. John Tippeconnic and Dr. Eddie Brown, Arizona State University Professors; Joe Garagiola Sr. and the Arizona Diamondbacks; Lori Piestewa National Native American Games and the Lori Ann Piestewa Family, and Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges District.
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2019 Silver & Turquoise Ball Honorary Co-Chairs
Governor Stephen Lewis
Gila River Indian Community
Cheryl and Chairman Ernest L. Stevens, Jr.
National Indian Gaming Association
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