Tony Redhouse

by Laurie Martin  

Tony Redhouse Award-Winning Musician & Divine Inspiration to Many

Tony Redhouse
by Laurie Martin  
Tony Redhouse is the winner of the 2009 "Best New Age" Award for his CD entitled "Deep Within" from the Native American Music Awards. He has dedicated most of his life to sharing his spirit with others through his Grammy-nominated music, ceremonial hoop dancing, storytelling, inspirational spiritual teachings, and meditations. In the ten years that I’ve know Tony, I can attest that he is one person who lives and breathes his connection with the divine, allowing creative inspiration to flow through him in all that he does. As many of us, Tony hasn’t had an easy ride. He has gone through his own struggles, battling through alcohol addiction and several broken relationships. He spent a year in his home alone undergoing medical treatment with chemo. He managed to care for himself while taking a deep journey into his soul. Tony made it through the darkness into the light and what came out of the depths of his soul was his award-winning cd, “Deep Within”. He said, “This music has had profound healing effects on many people.” I believe "Deep Within" was only made possible by Tony's courage to surrender into himself and go to the depth of his being, which is why his CD is having such profound healing effects on people. When truth is exposed, it sparks and touches truth in others. As we go deeper within ourselves, reaching our core, everything we create reflects that consciousness. I asked Tony several questions about his life journey, his own inspiration and who his hero is; read his interesting responses!

Tony Redhouse Award-Winning Musician & Divine Inspiration to Many

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Laurie: When you wrote your new award-winning CD, “Deep Within”, what was your inspiration? Tony: My inspiration for the CD came to me as I was undergoing medical treatment from April 2007 to March 2008. During this challenging and isolated time of "hibernation," I became acutely aware of my human frailty and the Spirit's unconditional love that embraced my life during this journey within my soul. The simplicity of the music in this CD reflects the essence and the core of my prayerful existence with the Spirit during this season of life. Laurie: What a gift for you to have found that within yourself! What have been your biggest lessons that you learned during your year into the dark side of your soul? Tony: During this dark season of my life, I learned to be gentle and tender with myself. I felt like that lone pebble in a rushing river of water that had fallen down into the dark, cold, abyss of obscurity. I learned then to intentionally go to that deepest part of the Spirit, and to remain in this place of refuge and safety. Laurie: Those were very big lessons you endured and it takes a warrior like yourself to surrender into that state. I commend you! But, what a blessing it is to be in the place you are in now. Who is your inspiration or hero? Tony: My inspiration is the many people who leave the "nests" of their comfort zone and attempt to spread their "wings" of intention, in order to find their true destiny and experience the "smile of the Spirit" on their lives. These people include the addicts in recovery that I work with that have the courage to let go of the only reality they have known and to begin a healthy new life. They include the musicians who express the truest song from their souls, and those who choose to love instead of judging another human being. My father is my hero because he chose to leave his homeland, his people and his way of life to create a family of creative "pioneers" who also share his vision of helping others to become free to reach their greatest joy.

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Laurie: Beautifully said! You have spent many years offering your gifts of creativity to the world, what has brought you the most joy? Tony: My greatest joy has been experiencing the progressive manifestation of the Spirit's love in every facet of my own life. As more of my true self is revealed, released, and healed by this love, my desire to share my creative gifts with people becomes greater and greater. Laurie: Have you played instruments and sang your whole life? Who was your inspiration to sing, dance, and share your soul? Tony: When I was five years old, my parents entered me in an International Children's Cultural Pageant where I held my first Native American drum. As a child in our home, I use to harmonize with my siblings as we sang Christmas carols around my mom's piano. During our adolescence we would sing and play R&B cover tunes as a musical family, and my father could be heard in our home singing Navajo chants and rehearsing classic tenor tunes with my mom. This versatile use of voice that my father displayed was a huge inspiration to me, because this showed me that there were no boundaries for how my voice, my dance, and my soul could be expressed. I began playing the Native American flute later in my life as an adult. Laurie: I was lucky enough to see several of your performances; your music touches my soul. How has your artistry evolved? Tony: I learned the traditional songs and dances from my father, and performed them with my family during our Cultural Awareness presentations in the urban communities that we lived in. Today, I share these artistic expressions to capture the attention of audiences so that I can then speak inspirational messages that empower them to make positive choices in life. When I was a young performer there was a spiritual message within me that I wanted to share; now the spiritual message is THE purpose for the performance.

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Laurie: I know you have been involved for many years working with children and others. Tell me about your humanitarian work you are involved with specific groups and communities. Tony: Since I moved back to Arizona, I have been sharing Native American spiritual traditions, meditation music, and craft classes with a substance abuse recovery center for women in Tucson. My classes begin with live meditation music to teach them to be comfortable in stillness, and then I guide them in how to create beautiful Native American artifacts with their own lives as part of their recovery process. Recently, I have begun sharing similar classes with young Navajo men in a group home for clients with substance abuse and mental health challenges in Phoenix. I also speak and perform concerts for the American Cancer Society and other related organizations to inspire cancer survivors and their families. My "Deep Within" CD has been an inspirational resource for those who are undergoing cancer treatment. Laurie: I’m so proud of who you are here on earth Tony! What’s next for Tony Redhouse? Tony: I am in the process of compiling my writing, spiritual teaching, healing craft projects, spiritual music insights, and my life experience into a book. I would like this to be an inspirational resource and guide for recovery programs, schools, families and seekers of spiritual truth. Tony Redhouse has served as a traditional Native American practitioner & consultant to Native American communities and behavioral health organizations. He is a visual artist, Grammy-nominated recording artist, inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher, hoop and eagle dancer. He uses Native American art, dance, and music to inspire and heal lives. To get more information or purchase his music, please visit: www.tonyredhouse.net, Email: tonyredhouse1@aol.com

Laurie Martin is the author of an inspirational book, Smile Across Your Heart: The Process of Building Self- Love. Laurie is passionate about helping people live an authentic, empowered life through the heart. Laurie is a speaker, certified life coach and writer for several magazines, including a bi-monthly “Ask Laurie” advice column in a city wide magazine. Laurie conducts weekly Inner Wisdom interactive gatherings, and telephone classes. A large part of her message is to help others awaken to their divine essence. http:// www.SmileAcrossYourHeart.com, LaurieM@SmileAcrossYourHeart.com
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