Cherokee National Youth Choir Bring 'Comfort and Joy' to the Holidays

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Award-winning youth choir release CD of Christmas favorites.

The Cherokee Nation announces the December 12 national release of 'Comfort and Joy,' the latest CD of music by the Cherokee National Youth Choir. It is the fifth recording project by the award-winning group, and their second Christmas-themed release.

In 'Comfort and Joy,' the choir welcomes the yuletide season with a collection of favorites which have been translated and recorded in the Cherokee language. In addition to much loved songs such as "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Deck the Halls," the choir has expanded its repertoire with the addition of new arrangements of "Jingle Bells," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." On select songs the youth choir is joined by the Cherokee National Adult Choir and by young children from the Cherokee Nation's language immersion program.

"Our greatest mission is to share the Cherokee spirit with everybody," said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. "We are extremely proud of the Cherokee National Youth Choir and the work they are doing to help preserve the Cherokee culture."

"We are hoping to use the new songs to interest more people in the Cherokee language," said Mary Kay Henderson, director of the choir. "I have given several CDs to individuals with limited Cherokee language knowledge and they have called and said they find themselves singing along with the carols, and especially with the newer songs. Any time we can generate more interest in learning the language, and make it fun and easy to do, we have done our job."

The Cherokee National Youth Choir consists of students from throughout the Cherokee Nation's 14-county tribal jurisdiction in northeastern Oklahoma. Choir members must be citizens of the Cherokee Nation and range in age from 12 to 17.

The choir has received multiple Native American Music Awards and is considered to be among the top native language choirs in America. They have performed at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and at Ground Zero in New York City. Additionally, they have sung for President George W. Bush at the White House. The choir has appeared in concert and recorded with legendary entertainers such as Rita Coolidge and Dolly Parton.

'Comfort and Joy' is available now at, (,, Apple iTunes and other retail outlets.

-Clif Doyal, CDA Promotions-Nashville

For more information about the project, please contact:

Cherokee Nation

P.O. Box 948

Tahlequah, OK 74465

Tel: 918-453-5000 or 800-256-0671

Choir contacts:

Mary Kay Henderson, Choir Director

Tel: 800-256-0671 Ext. 2618

Kathy Sierra, Administrative Asst.

Tel: 800-256-0671 Ext. 2618

Product/Distribution contact:

Brenda Koch, Special Assistant - Education Dept.

Cherokee Nation

Tel: 918-453-5254

Press contact:

Sammye Renee Rusco

Communications Director

Cherokee Nation, Communications Department

Tel: 918-453-5378

Promotional services provided by:

Cimarron MultiMedia Group L.L.C.

P.O. Box 816

Park Hill, OK 74451                                                        

Tel: 918-456-2525

Fax: 801-469-0840

CDA Promotions-Nashville

2338 Ridgeland Drive

Nashville, TN 37214

Tel: 615.885.5998

Fax: 615.885.8297

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