Career Highlights & Awards

2013 – Lead Actor- stage production “Sliver of a Full Moon”

2013 – Lead Actor- NYC stage production “Manahatta”

2013 – Lead Actor in the film “The Cherokee Word for Water” – Playing the role of Chief Ross Swimmer

2012 – Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards Nominee – Best Rock CD (Mulligan)

2011 – Indian Summer Music Awards Nominee – Best Rock CD, Best Rock Song (Rezzylicious), Best Country Song (1,000,001)

2011 – Native American Music Award Nominee – Best Rock CD, Songwriter of the year, Artist of the year

2010 – Silver Arrow Award Winner for Contributions to Native American Music

2010 – Native American Music Award Nominee – Best Folk CD (Ink Blots and Random Thoughts)

2010 – Performed live at The Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, DC, as part of a museum exhibit entitled “Up Where We Belong: Native Americans in Contemporary Music.”

2009 – Silver Arrow Award Winner for Contributions to Native American Music

2009 – Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards Nominee – Best International Artist

2008 – Native American Music Award Winner for Best Folk Recording (Welcome to Your Rainy Day)

2008 – Silver Arrow Award Winner for Contributions to Native American Music

2008 – Invited to perform at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2005 – Featured in “The Encyclopedia of Native American Music” (Brian Wright-McLeod / University of Arizona Press)

2003 – Native American Recognition Days of Arizonas’ Community Pride & Spirit Award for Outstanding Community Event, for his Annual Native American Children’s Benefit Christmas Concert & Toy Drive.

2002 – Performed a 5-day stint at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah

2000 – First artist to be featured on the “Grammy Sessions Live” national radio show & received rave reviews.

2000 – Made it to the shortlist for nominations for the first-ever Native American Music Grammy.

1999 – Established the Annual Native American Children’s Benefit Christmas Concert & Toy Drive. This has expanded into a series of Annual events that have taken place in California, Arizona, New York, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

1998 – Lead role in the stage production “Tribe”, which toured nation wide & sold out all it’s shows.

1998 – Native American Music Award Nominee – Best Male Artist, Best Folk or Country Album, Best Contemporary Album

1997 – First Americans In The Arts Awards Nominee – Outstanding Musical Performance (Ghosts of St. Augustine)

1992 – Extra role in the feature film “The Last of the Mohicans”

1989 – Featured extra in the film “DMZ”

* Tonemah & his road band practice a drug & alcohol free lifestyle, performing at many benefits nationwide to promote wellness among young people.

* Tonemah has performed with several national artists such as; Foreigner, Three Dog Night, Hootie & the Blowfish, Creedence, Johnny Lang, Rusted Root & Donna The Buffalo, among others.

* Longbow Guitar Company of New Mexico manufactures & markets the Tonemah Signature Model Guitar.

* Most of Tonemah’s albums have been recorded and produced in Nashville. They have included performances by Pete Wasner (sought after keyboardist, as well as hit song writer for Garth Brooks & the Dixie Chicks) and musicians that have recorded and performed with Van Morrison, Bob Seger, Lyle Lovette, Wynnona and others. He has also worked with legendary producer George Massenburg (Phil Collins, James Taylor, Journey,Bonnie Raitt & more).

* Tonemah has created the “Music as Medicine Program” focusing on at risk Native Youth, using basic music skills, and incorporating modern recording techniques, to empower youth in a productive and creative manner.

* Tonemah is the director of the Health Promotion Program at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Continuing Education.

* Tonemah has three bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Cultural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His undergraduate degrees are in Psychology, Sociology and Gerontology, and his master’s degree is in Community Counseling.

* Tonemah has worked with the National Institutes of Health on diabetes prevention and lifestyle change research among Indian populations. He also works with Native groups across the United States and Canada promoting health and wellness.