Photo by Valerie Adame
Jorie West and Christie West are Sayani, an award winning duo known for their unique blend of rich, beautiful harmonies.
Jorie and Christie are mother and daughter who, after working for many years as studio musicians and backup vocalists on the mainland and in Hawaii, began singing together as Sayani (Cherokee word meaning Zion). The Sacred Fire album was written to share their family stories, both past and present, of life as an Indian through language and music.
Sayani is the Native American arm of Aloha Ke Akua Ministries, a ministry to Indigenous peoples all over the world. While living in Hawaii they sang with the Hawaiian group Na Kahu and sang back up vocals on various albums throughout the state. Sayani moved from Hawaii to Texas in 2006 to enter the ministry with their music full-time. They are members of Eagle Mountain International Church in Fort Worth and enjoy singing on the worship team when they are not singing and ministering elsewhere.
"Let the Word spoken by Christ, the Messiah, have its home in your hearts and minds and dwell in you in all its richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom in spiritual things, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with His grace in your hearts." Colossians 3:16 AMPC