ST. GEORGE – Cedar Breaks, a local Utah band has taken their award winning music, films and books to a new level winning two awards at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in the District of Columbia this week for two separate music videos “My Dog” and “Light.”
The videos have played around the country in a number of film festivals including the LDS Film Festival and the International Christian Film Festival in Orlando. Though screened in many festivals this is the first win for both Music videos, “My Dog,” winning for best Country Music Video and “Light” for best Gospel Music Video.
Cedar Breaks is dedicated to producing media built around faith, family, and heritage and taking that strong message rooted in the diverse culture of Utah to the world. The band has been together for four years and have won numerous media awards. Cedar Breaks has teamed up with a diverse group of musicians, writers, dancers, and photographers to produce a fresh and uplifting message and unique sound. Western life radio heralded the band’s new age folk sound as “timeless.”
The songs for both music videos are also featured in two new books.
“My Dog”, a children’s published by Guardian Angel Publishing.
“Light” in the latest recording of “Light of the Land” a song written by Greg Ericksen, was used at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake, became the designated song of the “Second Rescue” of the handcart pioneers of 1856, and has been sung at a number of Native American events over the years. The story of the song can be found in the pages of “Upon Destiny’s Song,” an historical novel about the life of Ane Marie Madsen who traveled with the Willie Handcart Company.
Band members include Michael Gibbons, Rebecca Croft, Diana Roger Glissmeyer, Keith Behunin, Guy Gibbons, Jenny Gibbons, and Mike Ericksen.
Keith Behunin lives in the St. George area and plays at events in Southern Utah.
Read more about Keith Behunin here: St. George banjo picker commemorates lost dog; debuts at LDS Film Festival; STGnews Videocast