Music on a mission

Inspire. Encourage. Empower

Kelly Montijo Fink

The music

Every song has a story. Every song is a story.

I Won’t stop contending

Kelly’s latest release: an acoustic driven album with power anthems and contemplations. It is music to inspire, encourage, and empower

 

Just released!

   Don’t let me forget

      An album featuring a diverse range of song styles and genres. 

  • 2014 Indian Summer Music Award nominee (in the categories of Best Rock, Hip Hop, Spiritual, Pop, & Folk)
  • 2015 Indigenous Music Award nominee (Best Gospel Album)
  • 2014 Native American Music Award winner (Best Compilation album)

Songs of War & Victory

This is an album about overcoming the battles we face in life. 

  • 2010 Native American Music Award nominee (Best Gospel / Inspirational album & Best Female Vocalist)

Heartbeat of the creator

Native American drum songs birthed from prayers for the tribes of North America.

  • 2008 Native American Music Award nominee (Best Gospel / Inspirational album)

Shows & events

2019

9 Sept.

CD completion:

“I Won’t Stop Contending”

Available soon on CD Baby & itunes!

27-29 Sept.

Sweetgrass Festival

For more information: 

http://www.sweetgrassfest.com/

14 October

CD Release: 

“I Won’t Stop Contending”

Available on CD Baby & itunes!

6 Nov.

3:30pm Cornell College – music & lecture: Advocacy in the arts

Hedges lounge

Nov -TBA

CD release party

16-20                            Mar. 2020

TBA: Cornell College – music & lecture for diversity week

3 April 20

7pm Performance at Lowe Park

4901 Alburnett Rd., Marion, IA

(Coffee house series)

Behind the Scenes

I’m so grateful to all of the talented musicians, singers, and other artists  over the  years who have helped to make the songs in my head a reality.

Honoring the Artists

The “Agitators” — Click on the pictures to check them out!

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson

Studio Engineer / Recording Guy's Studio (all albums)

Jenelle Fong

Jenelle Fong

vocals ("Heartbeat of the Creator")

Josh Misener

Josh Misener

guitar & vocals ("Don't Let Me Forget")

Gabe Fink

Gabe Fink

spoken word & guitar ("Heartbeat of the Creator" & " I Won't Stop Contending")

Bonnie Garbes

Bonnie Garbes

photographer & graphic designer ("Heartbeat of the Creator" & "Songs of War & Victory")

Jorge & Jessica Flores

Jorge & Jessica Flores

photography & videography "Fe Vicotria Films" (promo video)

The Blickens Family (aka: White Ribbon Day)

The Blickens Family (aka: White Ribbon Day)

Zach: guitar & vocals; Sarah, Sierra, & Kailah: vocals ("Heartbeat of the Creator" & "Songs of War & Victory")

Shane Lunsford

Shane Lunsford

bass guitar ("Don't Let Me Forget")

Diane, Isabel, & Anne Hung

Diane, Isabel, & Anne Hung

vocals ("Heartbeat of the Creator" & "Songs of War & Victory")

Craig Erickson

Craig Erickson

guitar, bass, & percussion ("I Won't Stop Contending")

Sofia Chesney

Sofia Chesney

photographer ("I Won't Stop Contending")

Louis Collins

Louis Collins

photographer ("Don't Let Me Forget")

At Recording Guy’s Studio recording “Don’t Let Me Forget”

Jan Michael Looking Wolf

Jan Michael Looking Wolf

Native American Flute ("Songs of War & Victory")

Angelica Luz

Angelica Luz

vocals ("Heartbeat of the Creator", "Songs of War & Victory", & "Don't Let Me Forget")

Liz Rhodes

Liz Rhodes

spoken word & shofar ("Heartbeat of the Creator")

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

drummer, guitar, vocals ("Don't Let Me Forget")

Bill Hughes

Bill Hughes

web hosting & tech, Playnet Webhosting

Gallery

Memories and moments along the journey

At Recording Guy’s Studio recording “Don’t Let Me Forget”

2008 at the NAMMYS with Felipe Rose (Village People)

Concert in Canada with Becky Thomas

2014 NAMMYS with Mato Nanji

At the NAMMYS with Rose

At the NAMMYS with Michael Boucher & Joanne Shenandoah

At the NAMMYS with Wes Studi & Yolanda Martinez

In Arizona for a concert – visiting the Yavapai Apache Tribe

Meeting with (former) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

2014 Best Compilation Album at the Native American Music Awards

Performance at Theatre Cedar Rapids Underground Festival

At the NAMMYS with Buddy Big Mountain

Standing on Love / Upheld by Love

2015 Indigenous Music Awards – Canada

Linn Area Credit Union commercial and print ad

 

 

 

Best Compilation CD: The Color of Hope with Donald Blackfox & Sarah Blickens

Working with Kellan Lutz

At the NAMMYS with Steven Rushingwind

Singing a memorial song for Rio at The Cantina

October 2018 – Governor Kim Reynolds signs the proclamation to change Columbus Day to “Indigenous People’s Day” in Iowa.

Performing at the Smithsonian’s Patriot Nations presentation

Rock Your Mocs!

Photo shoot with Becky Thomas

In Canada – concert with Cheryl Bear & Becky Thomas

My love!

Becky & Kelly: Nonetheless

Visiting kids at the hospital with the Superhero Initiative 

Performing at the Sweetgrass Festival with Gabe

Strong Women Unite: Kelly, Ebony, & Tasha

2019 SWAIA Haute Couture Fashion Show – modeling for Decontie & Brown – “The Huntress”

LOVE CANADA! 

Songwriting with Becky 

Nonetheless

Singing the National Anthem at a baseball game / Superhero Day at the ballpark

Xena Warrior Princess!

The Superhero Initiative

A big thank you from singing a personal song over this man 

Other Artistic Creations

Feathered fascinator with rabbit fur accent

Created for Fashion Design class

Made from gifted feathers and feathers I’d harvested myself.

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Pheasant feather & fluff fascinator

Created for Fashion Design class

With copper bow & arrow accent

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Buffalo horn & blue glass bead choker

Three strand with leather ends & ties 

 

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Contact

Phone

Call Brian at 319-361-0267 for bookings