Wade Fernandez | 4 The People

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4 The People

by Wade Fernandez

Soulful Contemporary American Indian music that knows no stylistic boundaries.
Genre: World: Native American
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Offering For the People
1:50 $0.99
2. Cry of the Wolf
4:46 $0.99
3. When It\'s Time
3:46 $0.99
4. Two Step Girl
3:27 $0.99
5. What You Didn\'t Say
3:48 $0.99
6. Take Me Home
3:01 $0.99
7. For the People
3:12 $0.99
8. Gift For You
2:32 $0.99
9. Love Remains
3:33 $0.99
10. Blessed
3:53 $0.99
11. And Our Blues Have Just Begun
4:09 $0.99
12. Rez Dawg Blues
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13. Jam For the People
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Album Notes
“4 The People”
Bringing a strong finish to 2006 is Wade's 6th CD! It has been a very good year with "Best Male Artist" from the NAMMYS (Native American Music Awards), international television and radio play, and this new CD holds down the roots while pushing forward in good way. From strong songs that you sing well after they are over, to a piano & native flute duet, to jammin' hard with his Black Wolf Group, Wade continues to flirt with the musical styles of blues, rock, soul, and jam while maintaining his Menominee Indian Reservation roots as the foundation. 4 the People has something for all who liked anything that came before and it's also a great introduction for those who are new to the music. Check it out now!

Note the CD has been remastered for 2007.

CD Track List

For the People
Honoring the people with grand piano, native flute, hand drum & vocals.

Cry of the Wolf
Neo-tradtional native vocal hook over a bluesy groove that tells the story of a wolf crying out a warning to “civilization”.

Two Step Girl
For the powwow snags to the elderly couples that do the 2 step with their loved one. Recently performed live on national Canadian television (APTN) during the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards.

What You Didn't Say
About a relationship gone sour due to false promises. The song rocks with a hook that sticks in your head.

Rez Dawg Blues
Tricked out slow blues with a nod to Hendrix and a story from the rez!

A beautiful ballad in honor of children. Sung in both Menominee language and English.

Love Remains
A ballad that rocks in a good way for those who's loved ones have moved on from this world.

Take Me Home
An unforgettable melody sung for the homeless.

And Our Blues Have Just Begun
If Hendrix (Belly Button Window) hooked up with Bonnie Raitt and shared a song.

When It's Time
Soulful hook line and sinker.

Jam 4 the People
What do you get when you cross native american music with blues-rock-jazz and a jam band that plays in all those styles and more? You can close your eyes for a sweet and soulful journey on this one. Some relate this to Jeff Beck’s lyrical ballads.


“Male Artist of the Year,” 2006 NAMMYs (Native American Music Awards)

Wade is an award winning musician/performer, composer, storyteller, educator, actor, and speaker who has both performed and worked with youth from his reservation to around the world.

As an international performer, concerts include; Woodstock ’94, The Reebok Human Rights Awards (2002 Winter Olympics), Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star, Chicago’s World Music Festival, Native American Music Awards, and Germany’s Tollwood Festival. Wade has performed with many artists including Jackson Browne and The Indigo Girls.

Awards & Honors: Medal of Honor from Menominee Indian Nation, 2001 Wordcraft Warriors Writers & Storytellers, Indian Summer Film & Video Award ‘05, Cherokee International Film Festival ‘05, Best Male Artist ’06 NAMMYs (Native American Music Awards, '07 2 ISMA Awards.


“.. an artistic and spiritual force that has just begun to gather steam.”
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

“Your jam session with Jackson Browne was phenomenal.” Oneida Nation Arts Program

“Soaring beyond the invisible culture of the corporate music industry.” Vital Source

“World class.. Phenomenal… hard to forget after one listen…. a unique style as both a musician and songwriter …blessed with talent that can’t be learned, and with a gracious and inspiring soul that can’t be tainted by the pitfalls of the music industry.”
Indian Country Today

“guitar and songwriting skills are incredibly sharp, …remarkable in range, quality and sincerity.. soars with beauty and power.” Post Gazette

“All that one would think was lost with the great guitar legends of the early-twentieth century are now alive and touring with Wade Fernandez and his band the Black Wolf Group.

“ …an artist in his own right who deserves to be heard on his own terms. ...musicianship outstanding all around…band is made up of the best players around.”
Peter Buffet – Emmy Award winner & producer of “Spirit”

“able to transcend all cultural stylistic and technical boundaries to communicate a powerful message”
Strandgut (Frankfurt, Germany magazine)

“spirit, heart, and soul comes through him and fills the entire stage or studio.”
Ernie Adams, drummer (Al Di Meola, Dizzy Gillespie)

“..surprising diversity... swings effortlessly from blues, folk-rock, flamenco and jazz, with traditional singing and drumming… a sincerity and integrity which is reflected not only in his lyrics but in his expressive use of guitar...”
Indigenous Links (London, England magazine)

" fresh, intelligent, and heartfelt, has what it takes to become a major influence in not just Native music, but all music!”
Douglas Spotted Eagle, Grammy Award winner

Educational Quotes

“Our children surely enjoyed it and learned a lot!”
Elaine Gehring principal of Richard’s School
Whitefish Bay, WI

“the motivational comments you provided to the students...encouraged every single student!”
Mrs. Cardinal, Elementary Teacher of the Year

“one of the best speakers of this type. Students will like him, trust him, and listen to him."
David Rand, high school teacher & School District G/T Coordinator for the Menominee Indian High School

From Rock Concerts to Folk Festivals and Blues & Jazz Festivals to Classrooms around the world

Black Wolf Group w/native dancers in full regalia (optional drum group & multimedia show)

Black Wolf Band

Native flute, guitar & hand drum

Classrooms speaking &/or presenting: kindergarten through college.

Workshops & residencies (multi-day) on native flute, guitar, and/or songwriting

Inquire for prices!

" fresh, intelligent, and heartfelt, has what it takes to become a major influence in not just Native music, but all music!”
Douglas Spotted Eagle, Grammy Award winner



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Bridge between cultures
Much "traditional" Native American music is not very accessible to anglo ears. This album is an exception, it's the best integration of traditional Native American singing into the mainstream music culture since Robert Mirabal.

I also might recommend the song "Rain Woman" from his other album.


Speaks to the heart of Indian country
...Speaks to the heart of Indian country. Although I am now living 2,000 miles away, these songs bring me back home to my reservation--the good times, the bad times, the "wicked deadly" times, (and all those in between ;). The spirit of Wade's music is best summed up in a quote from "Nokomaeh," an honor song dedicated to his late grandmother: "We are alive, we are surviving, and we must pass this on..." Howah!