Arigon Starr's Biography
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ARIGON STARR DISCOGRAPHY
MEET THE DIVA -- Wacky Productions, 1997
"NATURALLY NATIVE" SOUNDTRACK -- Silverwave Records 1998
WIND-UP -- Wacky Productions, 1998
BACKFLIP -- Wacky Productions, 2002
THE RED ROAD - ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING, 2006 Wacky Productions
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Arigon Starr is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. Her early years were spent traveling across the United States with her military family. Her parents, Ken and Ruth Wahpecome (Creek-Cherokee-Seneca) supported her artistic expressions, encouraging her to learn as much as possible about music, composition, art, and drama. Starr relocated to Los Angeles, where she worked behind the scenes at entertainment companies like Viacom Productions and Showtime Networks. In 1996, she left her corporate job behind and became a full-time musician.
Starr’s first CD, Meet the Diva, was named Best Independent Recording at the Second Annual Native American Music Awards. Her second release, Wind-Up, was released in 2000. This CD contained the hit “Junior Frybread,” which was named Song/Single of the Year at the Fourth Annual Native American Music Awards. In 2002, Wacky Productions released her third CD, Backflip, which contained a unique mix of rock, pop, punk, folk, and country music. Starr’s friends, Grammy-nominated country act BR549, joined her on several tracks, including “Daddy’s Records”which made the first round of Grammy nominations for Best Country Song in 2003. Starr released her fourth CD, The Red Road Original Cast Recording, featuring a Who’s Who of musical guest stars from Los Angeles and Nashville. The project earned her another award for “Outstanding Musical Achievement” from First Americans in the Arts, a Native American Music Award for “Songwriter of the Year” and an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nomination for “Best Country CD.”
Starr’s music has taken her around the world. She has toured the United Kingdom, including stops in London and the famous West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, in addition to appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Milwaukee Indian Summer Festival, the Gathering of Nations Powwow, and at venues like Sky City Casino in New Mexico, Viejas Casino in San Diego, the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and the University of Washington, Seattle.
Starr has also gained fame as a talented actress. Native Voices at the Autry has featured her in several productions, including lead roles in the staged reading of Moose River Crossing and the West Coast premiere and Equity production of Drew Hayden Taylor’s The Buz’Gem Blues. She played Mother Goodeye in the Wells Fargo Radio Theater production of N. Scott Momaday’s The Indolent Boys. She also starred in the Equity productions and world premieres of Please Do Not Touch the Indians in March 2004 and Kino & Teresa at the Autry National Center in 2005. Starr recently made her network television debut on Showtime’s hit comedy show, Barbershop: The Series and has appeared on ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital. Starr’s acting work has garnered two First Americans in the Arts Awards, the Maverick Award from the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Project, and a Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers Award.
Arigon Starr’s first play, The Red Road, a wild, wacky comedy with music, was produced by Native Voices at the Autry and premiered at the Autry National Center on March 30, 2006. The play garnered rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times and Daily Variety. The Red Road continues to tour internationally. Native Voices at the Autry and the Native Radio Theater Project have also produced Starr’s radio comedy series Super Indian, which will air nationally beginning in November 2007. Starr continues to study acting at the prestigious Howard Fine Studio, improv with the Groundlings, and is represented by Kristene Wallis at the Wallis Agency. Starr is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
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