Biography

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Ryan LittleEagle is a Native American singer-songwriter and musician from San Antonio, Texas, now living in the Black Hills, South Dakota. Influenced by the likes of George Strait, Jason Isbell, Johnny Cash, Bill Miller, and R Carlos Nakai, Littleeagle blends the rich storytelling of Country/Americana music, and with the cultural roots of First Nations music creating a style called "Native Americana."

 

Ryan is a multi-award-winning international performer and musician having won two Native American Music Awards (Debut Artist 2012, Best Instrumental 2014) and two Canadian Indigenous Music Awards (Best Flute CD 2013, Best Flute CD 2014). Ryan has enjoyed performing for diverse crowds throughout the United States, and internationally in the Caribbean and South America.

 

Ryan has released four albums: Straight from the Heart (2012), The Long Journey Home (2013), My Songs My Stories (2014), and Chronicles (2021) as well as three singles, including a collaboration with a Peruvian-based cultural project PERUSA El Ultimo Inka.  His most recent single “Remember Me” was released on October 7th, 2022.

 

Additionally, LittleEagle is a Native American cultural educator and traditional dancer, having spoken at private events, museums, schools, and colleges throughout the United States. His great respect for his culture and people is evident and represented in a positive way through his music. Ryan tries to utilize his talents to bring awareness to events and issues affecting the indigenous communities in the Americas and other parts of the world. He is truly an ambassador for bridging the gap between the old ways and the new.

Awards and Recognition

2013

  • Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards Winner

    •  Best Flute CD

  • Native American Music Awards Winner

    • Debut Artist of the Year

 

  • Native American Music Awards Nominee

    • Best Flutist

    • Best Compilation (Various Artist)

 

2014

  • Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards nominee

    • Best Flute CD

 

  • Native American Music Awards Winner

    •  Best Instrumental Recording

 

  • Native American Music Awards Nomine

    • Artist of the Year

    • Best Compilation (EarthBound Angel)

 

2015

  • TAINO Awards Musician of the Year

  • Indigenous Music Awards Winner

    • Best Flute CD Winner​​​​

 

 

2016

  • Native American Music Awards Nominee

    • Flutist of the Year

 

2020

  • Native American Style FLute Awards Nominee

    • Flutist of the Year

 

2022

  • Native American Music Awards Nominee

    • Best Flute CD​​

    • Best Male Vocalist

    • Best Country CD​