Katherine Paul, who releases music as Black Belt Eagle Scout, has a new album called The Land, the Water, the Sky coming out February 10 on Saddle Creek. The record reflects upon her journey—focusing on both the grief and joy—from Portland back to her homelands, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, back in 2020.
Today, she's shared the third single ahead of that project, "Nobody," which captures the urgency to share oneself genuinely with a world that's quick to police or dismiss minority voices. The song's chorus shows how one's truth ripples toward the future, making waves for others who similarly feel it in their bones. "Nobody sang it for me / Like I wanna sing it to you," Paul sings tenderly, her voice a reminder in the wind waiting to guide others with its elemental force.
“When I was growing up, I didn’t have very many Native role models to look to on TV or the radio,” Paul said. “It was within my own community that I found inspiring role models through our elders and our community leaders. With Native representation in music and television slowly growing, I often ask myself where I stand within representation in music and how I want to be seen. This song is about the relationship I have with my own representation in music.”
Watch the video for "Nobody," which illustrates the impactful link between generations, below. Pre-order The Land, the Water, the Sky here.