“Sometimes the only form of justice, is through a song”- Michael Bucher
MICHAEL BUCHER is a Cherokee singer-songwriter who was taught from an early age, the stories, language and legends of his people. Through the writing and composition of his award-winning songs, Michael Bucher hopes to teach, heal and bring awareness to everyone who hears them.
Singing about topics that are important to him and to others in in this world, Michael touches on such important issues as the desecration of sacred sites, the Cherokee legends of his ancestors and today’s and yesterday’s “Invisible Indian,” a figure that has often gone unrecognized in history for contributions made and promises broken.
Michael’s coined term and artistic perspective of “Reactionary Music,” with strong and melodic vocals, heartfelt lyrics and blend of acoustic and electric guitar, native and intermittent contemporary drum, flutes, shakers, rattles and bass - succeeds in creating a new cutting edge musical sound that blazes a pathway as of yet uncreated through native folk, blues and rock music.
Michael’s music career, which officially began when his late grand-uncle told him to “get busy and do something to help Native people,” shortly before passing away, has its foundation set behind a lifetime of music – something that has always been in his family.
As a boy, Michael grew up in a diverse neighborhood of Chicago and even delivered newspapers in four different languages to his neighbors. He learned to make his own native drums taught by his respected grandmother and was taught to respect the drum as “the heartbeat of Mother Earth.”
After a lifetime of music and art – Michael decided to take his talent to the road, straight into the hearts of many appreciative fans. With passion, drive and a love for the welfare of all people on the earth to have happier and more artistic lives, it is no surprise Michael Bucher has been consistently taking home a multitude of awards and nominations since professionally entering the music scene in 2007.
He lives in Wisconsin with his wife Deb and a multitude of friendly animals in an amazingly crafted contemporary log home he built with his own hands.
For more information on Michael Bucher – visit his website at www.michaelbucher.com.
13th Annual Native American Music Awards
Winner - Best Music Video – Live as One (collaboration with Jan Michael Looking Wolf)
12th Annual Native American Music Awards
Winner - Best Folk Recording - Believe Album
Nominated in five additional categories
Artist of the Year – Michael Bucher
Record of the Year - Believe Album
Songwriter of the Year – Michael Bucher
Best Folk - Believe Album
Best Compilation – Rise Up Album
11th Annual Native American Music Awards
Winner - Best Compilation - Bitter Tears - Sacred Ground – w/ Grammy winning artist Joanne Shenandoah
Nominated in four additional categories
Best Male - Michael Bucher
Best Video - "Don't Forget About Me" song written/performed by Michael Bucher
Best Compilation - Bitter Tears - Sacred Ground - Joanne Shenandoah & Michael Bucher
Best Record - Bitter Tears - Sacred Ground - Joanne Shenandoah & Michael Bucher
2009 Indian Summer Music Awards
Winner - Best Folk Album - Bitter Tears - Sacred Ground
10th Annual Native American Music Awards
Best Short Form Music Video for Dirty Water – Seven Album
2008 Native E Music Awards
Winner - Best Song - Don’t Forget About Me – Seven Album
9th Annual Native American Music Awards
Nominated in two categories:
Best Folk – Seven Album
Indian Summer Music Awards
Nominated in two categories
Best Folk - Seven Album
Best Pop - Seven Album
Michael has performed in front of sold-out audiences all across the country and has shared the stage with Grammy, Nammy and other multi-award winning international and national artists to include Joanne Shenandoah, Bill Miller, Keith Secola, Garnett Rodgers, John Smith, Tonemah, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Gabriel Ayala and many others.
He has performed at such highly regarded venues as the Native American Music Awards at the Seneca Niagara Casino/Hotel in New York; the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Pow-Wow Cruise; the Longest Walk Concert in Washington, DC and the Native E Music Awards in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Michael was also a featured performer at the American Indian Society of Washington DC Inaugural Ball in January 2009. D.C.
AIRPLAY / INTERVIEWS
Michael Bucher’s music has conducted numerous interviews and his music has received a large amount of airplay on nationally and internationally syndicated radio stations as well as on numerous satellite and internet radio programs across the country, Canada and Alaska.
Bucher’s music and interviews have appeared on such programming as Native American Calling with Harlan McKasato, Rezervations with Dawn Karima, Native Trailblazers on BlogTalkRadio, Undercurrents and Earthsongs, Sirius Satellite radios’ Hand of Grandfather, AIROS’ American Indian Radio on Satellite and In the Spotlight at NativeRadio.Com.
Believe – December 2009 - Blue Hills Records
In December 2009, Michael released his third cd titled Believe. With Believe, he picked up where his first cd, Seven left off with a mix of contemporary styled Native songs and lyrics that come from the heart. He wrote the title song of the cd and dedicated it to and for those who are struggling with the battle of teen suicide. For Native youth ages 18 and under the suicide rate is 70% higher than any other race in the country. It is his hope that through music and education, he can help make a difference in that percentage
Rise Up – November 2009 – Spirit Wind Records
Blessings – a song written and recorded by Michael off of his Believe album was chosen for a compilation CD entitled Rise Up, for the benefit of native homeless people across the country. The cd was released at the 2009 NAMA concert and awards show in Seneca New York. Michael has directed that all proceeds from this song go to homeless foundations across the country.
Bitter Tears Sacred Ground – January 2009 – Hondo Mesa Records
In 2009, Michael teamed up with Grammy and Nammy Award Winner, Joanne Shenandoah to create Bitter Tears Sacred Ground, honoring Johnny Cash, Floyd Red Crow Westerman and Peter LaFarge. The CD was released by Hondo Mesa Records.
Seven – Dec 2006 – Blue Hills Records
Michaels first independently released album, Seven according to Michael…”gives the listener a glimpse into the mind of Michael Bucher. It is a reflection of his native views on the desecration of sacred sites and all that is held reverent to indigenous people everywhere, the desecration of the earth itself through blatant and wanton pollution.” The first track on the album, Don’t Forget About Me was selected to be part of a compilation CD for the Sacred Sites Run Organization. All proceeds have been donated to the organization’s causes.
In 2007, Seven’s sixth track, Dirty Water was made into a music video as tribute to Bear Butte Mountain in South Dakota. The music video was nominated for a 2008 NAMA for “Best Short Form Music Video.”
Michael’s second music video, Don’t Forget About Me was nominated at the 2009 Native American Music Awards for ‘Best Short Form Video’. The production was filmed on-location in western South Dakota at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and Pine Ridge Reservation. The music video deals with the protection of Native burial mounds, Native grave sites and sacred sites.
In the spring of 2009, two of Michael’s songs from Seven were selected for the film documentary by AEGIS Films entitled On Sacred Ground. The documentary addresses the concerns of Native people on the continual development and encroachment of the sacred sites of Bear Butte and Devil’s Tower. The film has toured at film festivals throughout Europe and is currently touring the U.S.; The documentary has won the coveted Accolade Film Festival Award.
Michael Bucher and his music have appeared in several news publications and media all over the country to include Indian Country Today, Native Times, Native People’s Magazine and the Buffalo Post.
In addition to his numerous print interviews and music reviews, Michael was also selected as a featured musician in the book ‘Native Musicians in the Groove’, November 2009, by award winning author and Photojournalist Vincent Schilling. The book as well as the 10 musicians selected is meant to be used as a tool and as an example to Native youth as a reminder that they can overcome the many obstacles they face today. The book and the musicians, like Michael Bucher are a reminder to our youth that anything is possible for Native people no matter their background or what struggles they may have faced.
CHARITY / NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Three-time Native American Music Award winning Cherokee folk artist Michael Bucher and co-creators Stephen Black Bear LaBoueff of Seventh Generation and Patrick Doyle of NativeRadio.com have recently announced the launch of the You Are Not Alone Network (YANAN) website, a new online social media and suicide resource website founded and created to combat the high rates of Native teen suicide.
The YANAN website, a non-profit initiative geared toward providing Native youth that may be suffering with depression, feeling alone or simply wanting to connect with other Native youth - access to suicide prevention programs, mentorship, guidance and an arena of Native based social interactions – will exist and provide a place of refuge to help those that might be considering taking their lives.
According to Bucher, “As co-founder, I'm happy to say that we launched our inter-active website on Sept.10, 2011, at www.youarenotalonenetwork.org it’s still in the tweaking stage but all in all is ready for our Native youth who are struggling with taking their lives. In Indian country, we have a suicide rate 3 times higher in kids 19 and under than any other race in the country. The website will grow with time, but here and now, we tell our kids across the country, Alaska and Canada, you are not alone with your struggle.”
Specifically, the YANAN site is a free membership, multi-platform Mobile device compliant Native social media network with customizable profiles that allow members to post photos, videos, interact socially through activity streams, walls, and friend invites with multimedia sections for groups, blogs, videos, forums and “like-button” systems.
RAVE REVIEWS AND COMMENTS ABOUT MICHAEL BUCHER
Native People’s Magazine
“Michael is an American songwriting icon.”
Indian Country Today
Bucher’s music is some of the best… nothing less than phenomenal. His song Sacred Ground, from the Bitter Tears Sacred Ground CD with Joanne Shenandoah, is simply one of the best songs released in 2009 by an American Indian artist.”
Native Legacy Magazine
“Michael’s songs are heart music. Deeply rooted and woven together with folk, rock and blues.”
Patrick Doyle / owner – NativeRadio.com
“Just wanted to tell you how truly talented you are. Five months of playing Seven on NativeRadio.com and you are still in the top tier of requested artists. Congratulations on winning at the Native E Music Awards, and brother did you rock on stage. Without question, your performance was the highlight of the show. I particularly liked the standing ovations.”
Jay Winter Nightwolf/ radio host – WPFW- Washington, D.C.
“We love Michael’s music here at the station. In the spring 09’ pledge drive, Michael’s CD Seven was offered as a gift for a pledge at the premium level - 15 CD’s and 15 pledges in two hours. Our listeners love your music too!”
Joanne Shenandoah / Grammy winner /11-time Native American Music Award winner
“I first heard Michael play at the Native American Music Awards and was blown away. His voice is incredible. You can feel it in your soul when folks write and sing from their hearts. Michael is one of them.”
Reno Charette – Montana State Univ. Billings
“The Dirty Water music video is an excellent recourse for teaching college students about American Indian Sacred Sites. Thank you for your hard work.”
Mary Jo / Fan / Petaluma, CA.
“Thank you beyond my ability to express in words for your music. When I first heard Don’t Forget About Me off of Seven, I cried and still do. It touches me in a very deep place.”
Doris B. / Fan / Canada
“I was so impressed with your songs and message. Thank you. I’m Mohawk of the Reserve in Kahnawake.”
John Morley / Fan / United Kingdom
“Just received your CD in the U.K., Love it! It’s excellent. The world needs to hear you.”
John Piotrowski / Chicago, IL
Saw you at the International Native American Flute show and your "Dirty Water" came across the airwaves this weekend on WOJB up where I heard you the first time near Ladysmith, WI. I especially liked your stage presence at the Eau Claire show.
Cinda / fan comment on website
Michael, Congrats on the music award. I saw you at Indian fest....You sounded great...singing your songs from the heart. Thank you for your gift of music and sharing it with all of us...
Jeffrey Kennedy / Milwaukee, WI
It was truly an honor to meet such a wonderful man. Your music is very inspirational, and I'm sure that it will help many individuals. Whenever I feel down, I will always have to listen to your CD. I also want to give you a big CONGRATS on the win at the ISMA awards. Well, I also want to say that I hope you have a healthy year and keep on writing music. I need more. I hope to see you back next year. Are you coming back to southeast Wisconsin for other performances? If you are, please let me know. It would be great to that big smile again.
Mary Jo ("MJ") / Petaluma, CA
Thank You beyond my ability to express in words. When I first heard "Don't Forget about Me", I cried uncontrollably, and I still do. It touched me in a very deep place within my psyche. Although I am white, I know that my Native American roots run deeply. Am sure you will understand that.
Blessings and Gratitude,
Martha and Patrick / fan comment on website
This was our first time hearing and seeing you live...and it was so much fun and interesting. Glad to have heard of what you are doing, we enjoyed your music and purchased a CD. We will keep checking your website for updates on the documentary about the sacred sites. Thanks!
For more information about Michael Bucher – go to www.Michaelbucher.com
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