Martha Redbone is a part Shawnee, African American, and Choctaw musician. She is an award-winning figure in contemporary Native American music. She grew up in Brooklyn and later rural Kentucky. Her music is seen as a mix of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and Soul music influences. Winner - 'Best Debut Artist' 2002 Native American Music Awards; 'Home of the Brave - Best Pop Album' 2004 Indian Summer Music Awards; 'Skintalk - Best Pop Album' 2005 Indian Summer Music Awards; 'Skintalk - Best RnB Album' 2006 Independent Music Awards.
In 2005 Redbone was presented with a NHAP 'Red Ribbon Award for Outstanding Leadership' at a ceremony at the United Nations in recognition of her charitable work in the Native American community.