Growing up in Los Angeles California, Teddy (Redsun) Orii spent his formative years in a home where violence, drugs and alcohol were part of his everyday life. He often would resort to climbing onto the roof of his own house, just to escape the terrifying things that would take place there. When he was nine years old an elderly man in his neighborhood felt led to share the Gospel with Teddy. Upon praying the prayer of salvation, the wind of the Holy Spirit physically blew through the house, violently moving the window curtains, and obviously marking Teddy for a future work in God.
When Teddy was 17 he moved to Oklahoma where he was introduced to his Native American roots and culture. He started to attend the local Powwows and was inspired to write poetry to the beat of the Native drum. He began to receive invitations to perform, what can only be described as a unique blend of Native American poetry and contemporary Rap. Some say Teddy’s blended style became a bridge between generations.
Being further inspired, Teddy longed to tell his story to a larger audience, so he moved to the Hollywood area to make a five-song demo and introduce himself to the industry. Unfortunately, due to his upbringing and his negative associations during this season of his life, Teddy had a battle with alcohol that culminated in 3 DUI’s and two near fatal accidents. But the hand of God was still on Teddy and God spoke to Teddy that alcohol would destroy his destiny. This led to a recommitment of purpose, and Teddy is currently in his eleventh year of sobriety!
At this time the invitations to perform were coming from Oklahoma, so Teddy returned to perform at the Cherokee Heritage Center, various Powwows and the local Casino circuit, which ultimately led to the first big budget Native American music video in 2006. For this video, Teddy ‘Redsun’ received the best new artist of the year award and a featured original song on Showtime Network T.V. called ‘Going Native’!
Teddy Redsun is bringing the good news of the Creator to the nations through the native drum, bringing hope, healing and restoration to the Native American people and ethnicities.
For I cannot help but speak those things which I have seen and heard! Acts 4:20
Having been deeply affected by my own childhood traumas, I am uniquely aware of the fear, the despair and the hopelessness that seems to plague so many of our Native American youth. My heartfelt longing, is to share with them the God of my personal encounter, and the corresponding journey of my deliverance.
There is a freedom that awaits all those who will open their hearts to believe in a God who wants relationship and not religion or tradition. God shows personal favoritism to no man, we are all His creation and he answers those who call upon him in truth, drawing nigh to the broken hearted.
My mandate is to carry this message in song to this generation and reveal his never-ending goodness and ongoing invitation to know Him.
Here are some of the places I have performed, and or shared my testimony:
• Elementary and high school programs
• The Cherokee Heritage Center outdoor amphitheater
• Churches, Vacation Bible Schools & Christian conferences
• Many Native American Festivals & Powwows
• The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota
• The Crow Reservation in Montana
• The L.A. Music Awards
• Hotel & Casino's
• Senior citizen homes
I have been evangalising and preforming my music at senior citizen homes since 1991. On this particular show over 50 elderly invited Jesus into their hearts.
For event booking email me with your information and booking details
Suicide of Native American Youth
My awareness of the statistics regarding suicide and Native American youth on the reservation lands is one of the driving forces of my Ministry. Native Americans have higher rates of suicide than any other ethnicity. One of the main factors leading to this level of despair is called “historical trauma,” after giving some thought to this term, and studying the history of the various betrayals of the Native American people, it is obvious that the loss of land, identity and purpose has led to a great and protracted bitterness. This root of bitterness has fostered an ongoing generational trail of tears to which forgiveness is the only antidote. The emotional pain that was so wrongly inflicted can never be justified, and the apologies of many is insufficient to heal the deep wounds that must be medicated! And though we can all agree that a great injustice was committed, we must also agree that all of us have sinned and come short of the Glory of God, we cannot expect God’s Grace and Mercy for a better life, if we ourselves are not willing to give it, forgiveness is not an option! Jesus Himself was betrayed by a covenant friend for 30 pieces of silver, he was sentenced to death by his own people for crimes he never committed, after being beaten beyond recognition he walked the trail of tears known in His language as the way of sorrows to a hill called Golgotha and was nailed alive to a wooden cross and left to die, and from there, He cried out with a loud voice, Father forgive them, for they don’t know what their doing! Jesus understands our pain in ways we cannot possibly imagine, and yet, he is pleading with all of us today to forgive and let the healing process begin.
Introducing - Teddy Redsun "Bringing the Message" - Children's Book
Hey guys, it’s Teddy Redsun,
I just want to share something with you that I am really excited about, something that I have been working on in addition to my music, it’s a children’s book that is scheduled for release this November 2018.
It’s kind of a blend of fiction and non-fiction, my personal journey mixed with allegorical truth. Proverbs 22:6; tells us that if we train up our children in the ways that they should go, when they are older, they will not depart from those ways! It has been scientifically determined that ages 1-5 are the most critical for establishing a healthy neurological framework, just like laying a good foundation for a house you intend to build, if the foundation is flawed, the house you build upon it will be weak. This is why I created this book; I want to build a stronghold of hope in the heart of every young person who reads it. If our children understood that they were created for a purpose by a loving God, one who wants to empower them to succeed, then they would have the tools to resist the depression that would come to steal their destiny. I really believe that this book will be a valuable resource to both parents and schools.