September 10, 2008
Oklahoma Baptist University student Delana Deere has been nominated for an award at the first annual Native-E Music Awards. Deere is a senior from Norman, Okla., studying cross-cultural ministry.
Deere's song, "The Flowers," is nominated for "Best Gospel/Religious Song." The awards presentation is slated for Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the El Rey Theatre in Albuquerque, N.M. Deere was one of 11 entries in her category and was selected as one of the top five nominees. More than 300 entries were submitted in 17 categories. There are 28 judges in the competition including producers, engineers, mixers, musicians and TV hosts.
Deere said her song is inspired by her life experience.
"My Savior, who walks me through it all, inspired me to write this song," Deere said. "He's the reason I can walk through the valley. He is the reason I am able to stand with dignity as a Native American Christian Woman."
Deere's Native American name is Wah-Zhinga-Skah, which means "White Bird." She is from the Absentees Shawnee and Ponca tribes.
For more information about the Native-E Music Awards visit http://www.native-e-musicawards.com/. To hear Deere's song, select "Nominees," then "Best Gospel/Religious Song.