Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Room to SOAR.

Byline: Eddie D. Chuculate For the Journal

Native American music pioneer Tom Bee enjoys his work too much to worry about awards

Record producer Tom Bee has been instrumental in the formation of Native American Music Awards, but it doesn't necessarily mean winning one is paramount to him. "Just the fact that I can get up in the morning, open the door and be able to make records in a business I love is award enough," said Bee. "Anything else is cherry on top."

As president of the 10-year-old Sound of America Records (SOAR) Corp., headquartered in Albuquerque, Bee or musical acts he has signed will be competing in eight categories at the third annual Native American Music Awards ceremony, Nov. 11 in Albuquerque.

Although public balloting for the awards ends Sept. 30, Bee, 52, isn't sweating it.

"My success isn't based on the awards I get, it's based on the bottom line," he said.

For Bee, that bottom line is the numbers of records his acts sell. …

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