Melonie & Derek Mathews

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Melonie & Derek Mathews

Celebrating their 28th year, the Gathering of Nations is one of largest Powwows in North America. Held annually on the fourth weekend in April in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hosting over 500 different tribes from Canada and the United States.

Just a few days before the Grammy awards NAPT production assistant Aden Marshall spoke with Melonie and Derek Mathews. The two along with Dr. Lita Mathews were nominated for Best Native American Album for their production work on the CD -- 2010 Gathering of Nations Powwow: A Spirit's Dance. Aden talked with the Mathews by phone from their offices in Albuquerque.

On Grammy night, February 13, 2011, Dr. Lita, Melonie & Derek Mathews won the Grammy. “We are thrilled to have won one of the music industry’s most prestigious awards. We’re still re-living the moment they announced the winner and we heard our names. The fact that we won still doesn’t seem real,” said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations and producer of the album. Listen to hear what they had to say just days before the win about being nominees, producing the album independently and their plans for this year's Gathering of Nations. For more information on this year's Gathering of Nations, check out their website.