January 28, 2013

Awakenings.....Yolanda Martinez Does it Again

This is a must for all who are searching for that connection with the Spiritual Within!  Yolanda Martinez is one of the most amazing Healers I have met.  Her energy is so  in tune with the Universe around us. 

Her new CD Awakening...allows you to share in that energy .  Take a journey with her as she guides you to resonate with the heartbeat of the Great Mother Earth and beyond.  Hear it...Feel it...Breathe it...Experience that vibrational Energy and let it resonate with your heart as well!  



AWAKENING – Songs From Spirit & Live Drumming

Yolanda's new Drumming CD with wonderful songs that she has composed and written and a great live drumming that she did at her home in Las Cruces, NM. Another Award Winning CD.
Check her out on her website at http://yolandasdrums.com

Click the link to hear the Episode of A Walk with a bear and Yolanda Martinez (October 2012) on the Wolf and the bear Network.

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Recent Article on Yolanda Martinez

Following her passion

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Artisan answers to her Spirit’s calling
By Zak HansenLas Cruces Bulletin
Some people know what they want to be from a very young age.
Others never seem to find their place in the world, waiting and wandering their whole lives, while still others find a calling only after years of searching.
For Yolanda Martinez, drummaker and musician, it struck like a bolt out of the blue.
“The gift of the drum came in 1987. It was a calling I simply could not ignore,” she said.
To hear Martinez – who sings, chants, plays a variety of instruments, makes drums and even paints – describe her beginnings as a drummaker, what’s clear is that she is driven by a passion that many only hope to find in their lifetimes.
Martinez, who is one of three artists to be honored during February’s For the Love of Art Month show at the Las Cruces Convention Center Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, will be giving two performances that weekend, at 4 p.m. Feb. 15, and 3:45 p.m. Feb. 16.
Martinez was born in Carlsbad and traveled all over the world before coming to Las Cruces in 1999. She has spent her life following her callings, whatever they present themselves to be.
In 1986, though, after several years in the title and escrow business, Martinez said she received a message from Spirit to make drums, and, the following year, she made her first.
“I didn’t realize the drum was going to be such a huge part of my journey and a huge part of what I was to become,” she said.
Martinez’s journey has taken her not only all over the country, but also all over the world, holding drummaking workshops across Europe, including an upcoming jaunt to Norway and Ireland, among other places.
While drumming is Martinez’s calling, her music is just as important – and well received.
“The drum came first,” she said, “and that’s what led me to take music seriously.”
In 1993, Martinez made her first recording, “ResoundingSpirituality,” and has since released 13 albums of her own music and chanting, including three albums in 2012 alone, “Awakening,” “Amazing Grace/Sublime Grazia” and “Songs of Joy,” a collection of Christmas-themed tracks.
Martinez is also the recipient of four nominations and three NAMMY awards, the prize given to winners in the Native American music category at the Grammy Awards.
She took home top honors in 2004, receiving the award for Best Female Artist for her album “Native Heartbeat,” and shared honors with other Native American musicians in two separate wins for collective works.
This journey is extremely important to Martinez, and through life experiences is where she finds her inspiration.
“We have to live, to experience, to find our niche,” she said. “We have to look for it, work for it, ask for it and then it will come.
“It’s all I’ve ever asked for since I was a child, and you have to work for it to prove to Spirit you really want it, that you’re willing to do what it takes to pursue.”
Martinez speaks a lot about Spirit and how important it’s been to her life journey. Another word you’ll hear her say often is “passion,” and that’s one thing she has in no short supply.
“When we follow our passion,” she said, “our creativity keeps flowing because we’re following and doing what we love. Following my passion is what keeps me going … and going and going.
“But these batteries are still going strong,” she said with a laugh, conjuring visions of a certain drumming rabbit that never seems to tire of his performance – not an ill-fitting image at all.

Las Cruces artisan Yolanda Martinez plays a homemade drum at her home in the foothills of the Organ Mountains that she said she loves so much.
Las Cruces Bulletin photo by Zak Hansen

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