In 1982 the Northern Cree Singers were founded by Steve Wood, and his brothers Randy and Earl Wood. The group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area, most notably the Frog Lake Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Louis Bull Cree Nation, and the Poundmaker Cree Nation.
Northern Cree currently have 37 albums out on market that are distributed world-wide by their record label, Canyon Records from Phoenix, AZ. They have garnered multi-Grammy nominations, multi-Juno nominations, and have been awarded multi-Native American Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. They have also won numerous powwow singing competitions. Northern Cree is the only traditional Canadian Aboriginal group to have ever been nominated for the prestigious Grammy Award. They have also created music for, and appeared in, the major motion picture “Grey Owl,” which was produced and directed by the great Lord Richard Attenborough.
Northern Cree are role models for all First Nations people and live by their founder’s motto: “If you believe in yourself, who you are, where you come from, your culture and more importantly your language, it will take you to places you have never even dreamed of.” You can find out more about Northern Cree by exploring this website, and albums can be ordered from Canyon Records.