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HIghlighting the Flutist, Jonny Lipford

Jonny Lipford is a world-renowned musician of extraordinary talent with more than 20 years of experience with the Native American flute and various world flutes. He has amassed dozens of accolades for his work; having written more than 200 original songs, released 18 commercial albums, and toured nationally, appearing for audiences of up to 14,000 people. 


Not only is Jonny a gifted musician, but he is also an accomplished and highly-sought after instructor, leading thousands of students each year through courses, workshops, lessons, and an exceptional online learning membership.

Overcoming Failure, Odds & Anxiety

Born with the odds stacked against him as drug-resistant infections ran through his tiny body, Jonny was given very little chance of survival on multiple occasions. Suffering from chronic ear infections and other ailments throughout his childhood led him to have over 30 surgeries. Today, Jonny lives with a completely rebuilt ear canal and eardrum, which makes hearing nuances in music a challenge, but not defeating.


Jonny became captivated by the sound of the Native American flute through a cartoon shortly after his 13th birthday. Later that same year he received his first bamboo Native flute as a Christmas gift. Much to his surprise, he was able to create melodies and beautiful sounds in a short amount of time, even after his failed attempts at learning to play the piano and being told that he was not musical and should pursue other interests.


Playing the Native flute in the comfort and safety of his home helped Jonny feel calm and relaxed and, while he recognized that this flute could help others feel the same way, he struggled with social anxiety. Despite these intense emotions of fear in his adolescent years, he leaned into the power of this instrument and began sharing his music with others. 

Building Upon A Foundation

After releasing his first album at the age of 17, Jonny quickly started accumulating critical acclaim, concert dates and awards. He has since traveled across the United States and Canada sharing his passion, testimony and mission in venues ranging from intimate yoga studios to stadiums accommodating audiences of more than 14,000. His music can be heard on Sirius XM, Echoes and Hearts of Space, and is consistently found amongst the greatest New Age musicians on Zone Music Reporter’s Top 100 Chart.


Beyond his skills as a recording and performing artist, Jonny is also a highly sought-after instructor, due not only to his innate ability to break down complex concepts and make them easy to understand, but also to his way of connecting with and encouraging students. In 2020, he launched Horizons Flute School, an online learning platform that teaches students of all levels how to play the Native American flute, develop their skills and expand their creativity.


Growing with collaborations

Jonny has had the privilege and honor of sharing the stage with amazing musicians over the years. Some of his most notable collaborations have been with Mary Youngblood, R. Carlos Nakai, Jeff Ball, Scott August and Michael De Maria. These experiences have not only broadened his musical horizons but have also helped him to develop as a musician. Each of these artists brings their own unique style to the industry, and Jonny has learned a great deal from observing and collaborating with them. He is grateful for the opportunities he has had to perform with such talented musicians and looks forward to many more collaborations in the future.

Leading with the heart

Having a passion for music and its ability to connect with others is evident in everything Jonny does. Whether he is teaching a class of students, performing on stage or creating new music in the studio, it’s his mission to connect with others to help encourage and inspire them. He understands the power that music can have in connecting people from all walks of life and believes that through music, we can all learn more about each other and come together as a community. 


Jonny's dedication to music and its ability to bring people together is something that is truly unique and makes him a valuable asset in our world today.


ACCOLADES

2008 Native American Music Awards Nomination 

2008 Native-E Music Awards Nomination 

2008 Native-E Music Awards Recipient 

2008 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Nomination 

2009 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination 

2009 Native American Music Awards Nomination 

2009 Silver Arrow Awards Recipient 

2010 Native American Music Awards Nomination 

2010 Silver Arrow Awards Recipient 

2011 eWorld Music Awards Nomination 

2011 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination 

2011 Silver Arrow Awards Recipient 

2011 Native American Music Awards Nomination 

2012 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination 

2012 Indian Summer Music Awards Recipient 

2012 Humanity4Water Recipient 

2013 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination 

2013 Indian Summer Music Awards Recipient 

2013 Silver Arrow Awards Recipient 

2014 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination 

2015 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination 

2016 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination 

2017 Native American Music Awards Nomination 

2018 Native American Music Awards Nomination 

2018 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination 

2018 Indian Summer Music Awards Recipient

2019 Indian Summer Music Awards Nomination

2019 Native American Music Awards Nomination

2019 Native American Music Awards Recipient

2020 Native American Style Flute Awards Recipient

2020 Native American Style Flute Awards Recipient

2020 Global Music Awards Recipient  

DISCOGROPHY

2007 Transitions Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2008 Cross Roads Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2008 Clear Water Reflections Audio CD INAFA (Compilation) 

2008 Jam Tracks in Gm Audio CD Manifest Spirit Records (Compilation) 

2009 Turn The Page Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2010 Learning to Flute Outside The Box Booklet Jonny Lipford 

2010 Live from Native Rhythms Festival Audio CD Native Rhythms (Compilation) 

2011 Touch The Earth Audio CD Native Circle (Compilation) 

2011 The Fourth Key Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2011 Cedar & Snow Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2011 A Breeze At 72 Degrees Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2012 Free Spirit Backing Tracks Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2012 Rhythm Of The Rain Horse Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2012 Dream Catcher Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2012 Discovering Your Native-style Flute Instructional DVD Jonny Lipford 

2012 I Love You More Than Children's Book Jonny Lipford 

2013 Winds Of Change Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2013 Spirit Of The World Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2014 Moonsongs Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2014 Fields of Harmony Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2015 Convergence Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2015 Tribal Rhythms Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2015 Woodland Peace Audio CD Jonny Lipford

2015 Sweetgrass Flute Foundation 

2016 JL ONE Songbook Songbook Jonny Lipford 

2016 Corridor Jazz Project Audio CD KCCK 88.3 (Compilation) 

2017 JL TWO Songbook Songbook Jonny Lipford 

2017 Waves of Serenity Audio CD Jonny Lipford 

2018 Limitless Audio CD Jonny Lipford

2019 Migration Audio CD Jonny Lipford

2021 12 Modern Melodic Songs for the Native American Flute Songbook 

2021 Balance Audio CD Jonny Lipford

2022 12 Ballad-style Songs for the Native American Flute Songbook

2022 Horizons Flute School


CORE VALUES


Here at Jonny Lipford Music, we listen to the M.U.S.I.C. with more than just our ears, we listen to it with our hearts.


M

MEANING

We perform our work with meaning and intention; aligning with the heart of the matter and what our audience truly needs.

U

UNIFYING

We seek to build relationships and bring the community together in a safe and respectful environment where we’re loved, supported and not judged.

S

SHARING

We strive to grow our impact by sharing knowledge and music of the Native American flute openly with those who wish to listen and learn.

I

INNOVATING

We endeavor to keep pushing the boundaries and offer new and better ways to serve and inspire our community.

C

CARING

We support the work of others who are doing good deeds in our world. Each month we choose to donate our time, talent and/or treasure to non-profits.