Over 20 years ago, I went to a powwow at the Seminole reservation in southern Florida, and heard Joanne Shenandoah sing. I had never heard of her before -- and was so enthralled by her angelic voice and the beauty and power of her songs that as soon as I returned home I bought every tape she had out then --- and then a decade later started buying her cds - nearly a dozen of the fifteen she has out, as both composer and singer.
Of all her cds, Loving Ways remains my favorite (and my second favorite is The Eagle Cries, another early release of hers, which I also highly recommend) Like some other reviewers here, I too wore out my first cd and bought a second copy. The song FOR THOSE WHO DREAM in particular remains one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard - and I have been listening to female vocalists frequently for most of my 60+ years. The only vocalists I know who have angelic voices that in any way compare to hers are Barbara Streisand (and only some of her songs) and Eva Cassidy.
However part of Joanne Shenandoah's appeal is of course the Native American music - both traditional and contemporary, sung here by both performers in a manner that conveys the spirit of the culture, with messages of peace and hope. Joanne Shenandoah herself is a committed Iroquois, a member of the Wolf Clan. Her parents were Maisie Shenandoah, previous Wolf Clanmother of the Oneida Nation, and the late Clifford Shenandoah, who was an Onondaga Nation chief.
Shenandoah has won a Grammy award and over 40 other music awards, and has performed three times at Presidential inaugurations and at Madison Square Garden. You won't regret buying this cd - it's truly wonderful!