Gentle Thunder is a GRAMMY® nominated multi-instrumentalist, recording/performing artist, composer, producer, teacher and visionary who lives in Mt. Shasta, CA and part-time in Austin, TX. Actually she lives in her heart with all the travel she does. She has an international audience obtained through her distinctive style, heart filled presence and diverse musical talent. Her musical journey began in Kirkland, WA at the age of thirteen as a rock drummer and by the age of seventeen, she was playing drums professionally. She played drums for several Seattle area bands until she was called to move to Memphis to record and perform with a band down there.

In 1990 she moved to Memphis, TN for 2 years and while in Memphis, Gentle Thunder’s music switched from her rock drumming roots to her Native American roots after becoming captivated with her maternal Native American Cree ancestry and the magic of the hammer dulcimer. She awakened her spiritual path, left the rock-n-roll business, moved to Mt. Shasta, CA, took up the hammer dulcimer, Japanese Taiko drumming (with teachers Jeanne Mercer and Russel Baba), ceremonial and sundance drumming and in later the Native American flute.

Following the call of her spiritual path led to the Co-Founder's of The Ehama Institute WindEagle and RainbowHawk based in the Santa Cruz mountains. They offered teachings of the Mother Earth, Ancient Earth Based Wisdom teachings, that felt like "home" and Gentle Thunder went on to study with them for 3 years commuting back and forth before she re-located to Santa Cruz, CA for 2 years. She traveled with them and assisted in ceremonies in California, New Mexico, Wales, Germany and England.

Mt. Shasta called her home once again in 1999 and upon her return she attended The College of the Siskiyous for 2 years. She explored and received additional training in computer technology, creative writing, music, dance and theater. During her time at C.O.S. it became clear that no one else could bring HER unique musical gifts to the world and that there was no understudy. Simply said, she deepened her committment to her music, her career and to the sense of something far greater than herself that came through her music. It was time to serve. She is mostly a self-taught musician on every instrument she plays, with little formal training, and her soul stirring style engages, inspires and enchants audiences wherever she shares her music and story.

She recorded her first original solo compositions on hammer dulcimer in 1998 with the release of "Awakening Remembrance" and is now one of the preeminent musicians in the Native American, Instrumental and New Age music genres. Having performed in the U.K., Canada, U.S., Greenland, Denmark and Europe, Gentle Thunder has obtained an international following with her distinctive style and heart-filled presence.

In 2004 she debuted a beautiful solo Native flute album entitled "Winds of the Heart". "Beyond Words", Gentle Thunder’s third release, a trio album with GRAMMY® nominees Will Clipman & AmoChip Dabney, was GRAMMY® nominated Best New Age Album in 2006.The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Fusilli says “the music is direct and organic.” RJ Lannan, New Age Reporter says, “Music that is heartfelt, haunting, glorious, enchanting and celebratory”.

Gentle Thunder’s latest solo release, "Opening the Gate" features an alluring alliance of her hammer dulcimer and Native American flute artistry and was nominated Best Native American album in the New Age Reporter Lifestyle Music Awards. During 2007, Gentle Thunder produced flutist Ann Licater’s "Following the Call" and produced and played flute on singer/songwriter Mariee Sioux’s "Faces in the Rocks" debut CDs.

Other projects included composing the musical score for Mt. Shasta City Dance Theater's H20 Manifesto, a multi media theater dance performance directed by Krista Miller; performing at and facilitating weddings and celebration of life ceremonies; touring solo and with her 7/20 Twin Will Clipman, recording a duo album with Will entitled "Translucent" and doing guest cameo appearances with Craig Chaquico (former guitarist and writer for Jefferson Starship) and his band.

Her latest recording appearance is playing her ancient Redwood flute on a track entitled “Coyote Prayer” on acclaimed singer/songwriter Beth Wood’s 2010 release "The Weather Inside" produced by Billy Crockett. Making cameo appearances on Native American flute with Beth Wood whenever her tour schedule permits, she is allowing this undeniable alchemy to blossom more fully as more musical collaboration between these two artists is sure to be heard in 2011.

Whether creating music for performance art, dance, film, performing solo, producing or performing with other artists, teaching, speaking and performing in schools, facilitating sacred events or collaborating in service with non-profit organizations and the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Gentle Thunder is deeply dedicated to walking a path of beauty, honoring all life and bringing the vision of wholeness to all she does.
 
 
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