With an angelic voice of bluebirds singing, Radmilla Cody, traditional Navajo recording artist, Indie Award Winner, multiple Native American Award Nominee and international performer, continues to maintain Navajo culture by recording music that children sing with pride and lyrics the Dine elders can be proud of. Radmilla is a biracial woman who continues to touch the lives and heal the hearts of her supporters.
Miss Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i’(Red Bottom People) clan and is born for the (Naahilii) African-Americans. Radmilla is the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98. Born and raised in the beautiful and picturesque plateaus of the Navajo Nation, Radmilla Cody�s childhood consisted of herding sheep on foot and horseback, carding and spinning wool, and searching late into the night with her grandmother for lost sheep and their lambs. The highlight of her sheep herding days was standing on the sheep corral singing at the top of her lungs with the sheep and goats as her audience. �All that mattered at that time was the moment of living a dream,� says Radmilla about her early life, which today has become a reality for the young musician.
A survivor of domestic violence, Radmilla uses her personal experiences to advocate strongly against the epidemic of violence. It is an issue she has become very passionate about. As a biracial person she attempts to communicate positive messages about her dual identity as children who are biracial or multiracial still bear the brunt of prejudice.
Radmilla is the subject of a documentary entitled �Hearing Radmilla�, produced and directed by Angela Webb, which further explores Radmilla�s journey as an activist and performer. The award winning film premiered at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in February 2010 and has received national and international attention from various film festivals and conferences.
Radmilla has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with a minor in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Sociology. In 2010, Radmilla was selected for NPR’s 50 Great Voices, a year-long series featuring singers from all over the world. Recently, Radmilla was awarded the "Black History Makers Award 2012" from Initiative Radio.
Radmilla is grounded on a renewed foundation. �The Creator has given me the strength to look forward in life, to embrace the beautiful and the positive.� - Radmilla Cody
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Photos by John Running