Winner — Best Independent Recording at the Second Annual Native American Music Awards in 1999. Arigon recorded the music at two different studios in San Diego, California.
Aficionados of the three minute pop masterpiece, meet your diva, Arigon Starr. Her debut CD “Meet The Diva” deftly captures the spirit of contemporary Native America. Blending powerful imagery drawn from the spirit of Indian Country with her love of traditional pop music, Arigon’s music is a spicy mix of pop and rock, with a deliberate dash of humor. This unique concoction of melody, grunge and sophisticated song structure has become known to the legion of Arigon Starr fans as “Native American Alternapop.”
“I devoured every kind of music there was — from show tunes to country and western,” Arigon recalled. Those lasting impressions drove her to perfect her craft. She spent her formative years singing in the choir, taking piano lessons and performing in school drama productions.
However, it was her love of pop music, especially that of the Beatles, which fueled her passion to pursue music as a full-time career. “The Beatles’ music and humor compelled me to pick up a guitar and begin to write songs,” Arigon reminisced. “In fact, the title of the CD, ‘Meet The Diva,’ is a homage to the Fab Four’s first US LP, ‘Meet The Beatles.'”
Arigon further honed her craft with solo performances on acoustic guitar. She played her original material on the stages of many coffeehouses and music festivals around Southern California. With a witty stage presence, skillful musicianship and thrilling vocals, Arigon began to attract an enthusiastic and loyal following. She decided in August 1996 to capture the raw power of her original music. Quickly forming a band, Arigon rigorously rehearsed the group and then took them into the studio to record the thirteen songs that comprise “Meet The Diva.” “I was pleased to be surrounded by professionals in every step of the recording process. Their knowledge and expertise enabled me to translate my vision of brief, powerful and energetic pop tunes onto disc,” Arigon enthused. “it was a joy to create music that Native Americans can enjoy and call their own. This is music everyone can experience and relate to on many different levels.”