Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike (Primeaux & Mike)

Native American Church & Peyote Songs


Verdell Primeaux is of Oglalla/Yankton Sioux and Ponca heritage and was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  Verdell represents the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota and the Eagle Clan of the Ponca Nation.  Verdell’s mother, Delores Arapahoe, an Oglalla Lakota, is a descendent of Chiefs Many Horses, Red Cloud and Crazy Horse.

At the age of two, Verdell received Holy Baptism which was performed by his great grandfather, Solomon Red Bear, Sr.  By the time he was five, Verdell began singing and learning Lakota culture and tradition.  When he was thirteen, Verdell recorded four albums with his father and at the age of sixteen he began composing lyrics and rhythms.

Johnny Mike is a Dine (Navajo) from Kitsili, Black Mesa, Arizona.  His maternal clan is Near the Water People and on his father’s side he represents the Salt Clan.  He has two children, Rachael and Shane, and resides in Chinle, Arizona.  Both sides of his family have been prominent in the Native American Church.  Johnny’s grandfathers and grandmothers were some of the first the use peyote within the Navajo nation and at a time when people went to jail for using peyote as a part of the worship of the Native American Church.

Primeaux and Mike’s fourth recording, Walk in Beauty, was a finalist for a 1996 NAIRD India Award.  Their sixth recording, Sacred Path, was a finalist for a 1998 AFIM Indie Award.  Their seventh recording, Peyote Songs of the Native American Church, was the winner of the 1998 New Age Voice Music Award for Traditional Native American Music and the 1998 Native American Music Awards for Best Traditional Music. Gathering of Voices was a 1999 finalist for an AFIM Indie Award.  In 2002 Bless the People won the Grammy for Best Native American Album.

Available Recordings

Primeaux & Mike - Healing & Peyote Songs- Canyon CD

Product No. 4002-630-213


Traditional peyote chants with drum and rattle accompaniment are followed by "healing songs," a newer style of harmonized chanting in Sioux and Navajo without percussion to facilitate meditation. With Verdell Primeaux, Johnny Mike and Robert Attson.

TRACKS: Click below to listen.
1. Healing Song
2. Healing Song
3. Healing Song
4. Healing Song
5. Healing Song
6. Healing Song
7. Healing Song
8. Healing Song
9. Healing Song
10. Healing Song
11. Healing Song
12. Healing Song
13. Peyote Songs
14. Peyote Songs
15. Peyote Songs
16. Peyote Songs
17. Peyote Songs
18. Peyote Songs
19. Peyote Songs
20. Peyote Songs
21. Peyote Songs
22. Peyote Songs
23. Peyote Songs
24. Peyote Songs

Total Time: 55:54

Primeaux & Mike - Walk In Beauty- Canyon CD

Product No. 4002-630-413


These healing songs in Sioux and Navajo are a newer style of soothing harmonized chants from the Native American Church. These songs are meant to provide spiritual peace to the listener. CD Review called this album, "...gorgeously pacific..." A 1996 NAIRD Awards finalist.

TRACKS: Click below to listen.
1. Straight Song (3:24)
2. Straight Song (1:18)
3. Hear our prayer... (1:44)
4. I like your way... (1:51)
5. Savior, I am trying...(2:17)
6. Jesus said this...(2:40)
7. Son of God... (3:25)
8. Because, I have found... (2:50)
9. This new day... (1:38)
10. Great Spirit... (1:56)
11. My child... (2:04)

12. You are the only one... (2:15)
13. Jesus, help me... (2:45)
14. Over there in Heaven... (2:24)
15. Straight Song (1:53)
16. Mother Peyote... (2:57) >
17. Straight Song (1:48)
18. I was lost in the Darkness... (2:04)
19. Amazing Grace (in Navajo, 2:07)
20. Amazing Grace (in Sioux, 2:29)

Total Time: 46:07

Primeaux & Mike with Joe Jakob - Sacred Path- Canyon CD

Product No. 4002-630-613


Healing songs are a newer style of soothing harmonized chanting from the Native American Church (or Peyote Church) without the accompaniment of the peyote water-drum or rattle and are meant to facilitate meditation and prayer and provide comfort and peace for the singers and listeners. This recording combines the inspiring sound of healing chants sung by Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike with a backdrop of ambient electronic textures and sweeping atmospherics. The result is a innovative and reverent presentation of chants from the time-honored Native American Church tradition.

TRACKS: Click below to listen.
1. Awakening (4:46)
2. Earth Drone (3:19)
3. Dark Journey (6:04)
4. Drift (6:39)
5. Breathe (3:52)
6. Reverence (4:18)
7. Earth Pulse (4:21)
8. Offering (3:01)
9. Cathedral (4:51)

Total Time: 41:55

Primeaux & Mike - Peyote Songs of the Native American Church- Canyon CD

Product No. 4002-630-913


Peyote songs, accompanied by rattle and water drum, are performed as part of the ceremonies of the Native American Church. These songs were created and sung (some with Navajo and Sioux words, some with vocables) by two of today's leading peyote singers, Verdell Primeaux of the Sioux and Johnny Mike of the Navajo people.

TRACKS: Click below to listen.
1. Four Peyote Songs (5:37)
2. Four Peyote Songs (5:13)
3. Four Peyote Songs (6:36)
4. Four Peyote Songs (5:57)
5. Four Peyote Songs (5:33)
6. Four Peyote Songs (6:12)
7. Four Peyote Songs (5:42)
8. Four Peyote Songs (5:38)

Total Time: 47:02

Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike - Bless the People- Canyon CD

Product No. 4020-631-713


Peyote Songs, accompanied by rattle and water drum, are musical prayers of the Native American Church. Created and sung by two of the greatest Native American voices of today, Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike, these harmonized songs help listeners on the spiritual quest and provide an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Winner of the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Native American album.

TRACKS: Click below to listen.
1. Four Harmonized Peyote Songs (8:43)
2. Four Harmonized Peyote Songs (10:35)
3. Four Harmonized Peyote Songs (5:13)
4. Four Harmonized Peyote Songs (8:48)
5. Four Harmonized Peyote Songs (8:32)

Total Time 42:11