Arigon’s second CD was released in 2000. She recorded the CD at Big Fish Recording Studios in Escondido, California. “Wind-Up” features “Junior Frybread” – the Song/Single of the Year at the Fourth Annual Native American Music Awards.
A power chord, a remarkable voice and a unique view of contemporary Indian America are the elements behind the phenomenal success of Kickapoo musician and songwriter Arigon Starr. Her second release, “Wind-Up” builds upon these strengths. Starr adds her sense of fun, purpose and manic energy to the fourteen song collection. Poised like a pitcher on a mound, Arigon Starr delivers her music with the power of a major league player who plays to win while enjoying every aspect of the game.
Following the release of her breakthrough debut album, “Meet The Diva,” Arigon’s music was embraced by Native and college radio programmers across the country who found her three minute pop songs refreshing, significant and highly enjoyable. National Native media also championed her music and message, placing her music in several Top Ten Critic’s lists. She received the ultimate recognition in 1999 at the Second Annual Native American Music Awards, who bestowed “Meet The Diva” with four nominations (including Best Female Artist) and an award for Best Independent Recording.
The entertainment industry also took notice of Arigon’s music. Filmmaker Valerie Red Horse included Arigon’s song “Native” in her award-winning film “Naturally Native,” which also featured tracks from Donna Summer and Gloria Estefan.
Arigon Starr’s incredible live performances continue to stir audiences. She has graced concert stages from London, England to San Francisco, California. She has supported such noted American Indian performers as Buffy Sainte-Marie, John Trudell and Bill Miller – plus mainstream acts like Hank Williams III and the Lynns. Celebrities as diverse as Queen’s guitarist Brian May to country act BR5-49 are fans of Arigon’s music.
Following a succession of solo acoustic coffeehouse gigs, Arigon formed a band consisting of drums, bass and electric guitar to record her debut CD “Meet The Diva.” She returned to San Diego, California to record “Wind-Up” with a batch of new songs that were honed on the road while promoting “Meet The Diva.” Reprising their efforts from the first CD project are drummer Nicholas Peters, a member of the Pala Band of Luiseño Indians; Arigon’s sister backing vocalist Gay Wahpecome; and engineer and keyboardist Ben Moore.
“These songs reflect my personal beliefs and experiences following the release of my debut CD. When I saw how much people enjoyed the songs from ‘Meet The Diva’ I wanted to reach further into Indian Country. I feel these songs express reality for many Indians. I want to be a voice for the people who struggle to be heard over the noise of mainstream America.”