White-Williams nominated for NAMA award
IRON RIVER—For the second consecutive year, Asalia White-Williams had been nominated for a Native American Music Award.
The 13-year-old White-Williams, who lives in Milwaukee but spends time in Iron River during the year, will compete in the category of Best Pop Recording for her song “I Gotta Be Me.” The event will be held on Saturday Nov. 2, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Last year, White-Williams was nominated in the category “Native America’s Newest Voices.”
For the last four years, White-Williams has been mentored by local singer-songwriter Bobby Bullet, who co-wrote “I Gotta Be Me.”
Bullet has also mentored a group of youngsters at Lac du Flambeau Public Schools called the Niijii Singers and the Ogichidaa Singers that has been nominated for Best New or Debut Duo/Group of the Year.
Bullet said he first met with Asalia when her great-grandfather Harvey White asked him and his wife Pamela Nesbit to perform at Asalia’s birthday party when she was 7 or 8 years old.
“I thought as long as we were going to do that, I would write a special song,” Bullet said. “It was called ‘Asalia, Keeper of the Stars’ and Pam wrote a poem. Then Harvey asked us if we would write a song that she could sing. That’s how it all began.”
Harvey’s wife Carol said the young singer is grateful for the assistance she’s received in her efforts and to be going back to the awards show.
“She said she was very excited and happy, and she gives Bob and Pam credit for helping her with her music,” White said.