The Navajo traditions of New Mexico are preserved through the music and songs of Sharon Burch. Devoted to the sacredness of Mother Earth and Father Sun, Burch continues to embrace traditional Navajo prayers, chants, and songs. Her second album, Touch the Sweet Earth, which received an INDIE award as Best Native American Album of 1995, was followed by Colors of My Heart, which was inspired by the songs that her mother and grandfather, Charlie Yazzie, sang to her during her childhood. Raised in a traditional Navajo family, Burch spoke only Navajo as a youngster. After graduating from Navajo Community College in Tsaile, AZ, she attended the University of New Mexico.