Kelly Montijo Fink is a Mexican / Apache / Spanish singer-songwriter. Her Native name is “White Sparrow”. Kelly grew up in California but eventually moved to the Midwest. She attended Cornell College, earning a double major in Spanish & Anthropology. She finished her graduate work at the University of Iowa with a Master’s degree in Spanish linguistics.
She has received multiple Native American Music (or NAMMY) nominations and won a NAMMY in 2011 for a compilation album on which she was featured and co-produced. She won again in 2014 for her album “Don’t Let Me Forget”. She has also received multiple Indian Summer Music Festival nominations & was granted six “Silver Arrow Awards” for her contribution to Native music. She was recently nominated for a Indigenous Music Award (2015) for “Best Gospel CD” for her most recent release.
Despite her accomplishments, her greatest reward in the creation of sound & music is seeing the powerful way that a song can influence, empower, & affect change in the life of an individual. It is from a foundation of faith & courage that Kelly releases her sound – with a desire for her music to inspire, heal, encourage, & motivate those who hear it.