“Heritage, Where the spirit wind reminds me of who I am ”
— Shelley Morningsong
2016 Native American Music Awards "Artist of the Year"! Grammy Member, ASCAP Member, Shelley Morningsong (N. Cheyenne/Dutch) has recorded five sensational Native American, Contemporary albums and has emerged as one of New Mexico’s finest Native performers.. Morningsong has received four Native American music awards, among other awards and accolades, including Native American Music Awards “Record of the Year” for 2011 (Full Circle). With an alto voice that pulls from the depths of her cowboy boots, and songs with lyrics that cut to the heart, Morningsong will appeal to those who enjoy the music of Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bonnie Raitt. Morningsong has played guitar since she was a youngster, when she also learned to play the classical flute. Since then she’s mastered the Native flute, on which she performs skillful, heartfelt instrumentals on some of her compositions.
Shelley also writes theme songs for organizations that she believes in. She has written the theme song for a very reputable organization in Colorado Springs called One Nation Walking Together which is featured in the promotional video for One Nation Walking Together. One Nation has a beautiful reputation for and are committed to helping Native American families in need across the United States. She also wrote the theme song for Electro-Magnetic Health, a group of scientist's who are working hard to bring awareness concerning the effects of micro magnetic waves on the earth, humans and nature.
Shelley Morningsong has been featured in several magazine's such as Cowboys & Indians, Native Peoples and New Mexico Magazine to name a few along side her husband Fabian Fontenelle. She tours nationally and internationally with the full band featured on her album Full Circle, which was skillfully engineered and produced by Grammy Award winner Larry Mitchell. (www.larrymitchell.com) Mitchell, contributes a strong rock sensibility with his electric and acoustic guitars.
Shelley's husband and musical partner Fabian Fontenelle (Zuni/Omaha) adds a breathtaking and beautiful element to their performance with his traditional northern plains style dancing, storytelling and drumming. Fabian is an original member of the American Indian Dance Theater. Shelley and Fabian live on the reservation of Zuni Pueblo in Southern New Mexico where Fabian was born and raised. Morningsong is currently working on a brand new album for 2018 called "Simple Truth". This newest album is recorded and produced by Shelley's producer and good friend Shane McConnell of Rock Shack Music (www.rockshackmusic.com) out of New York.