My heart is broken to lose this miracle of a young man. My 12 year old son and I were fortunate enough to meet Wakeself in Taos this late summer. The stage was glowing with the love and hope pouring out of his soul. Talking after the show it was clear that he was something above and beyond, striving to transcend. So talented and so kind and present. To have this amazing talent spreading the message about the beauty and value of simple New Mexico, where my family is from too, inspired me so much and gave me hope. There are no words to convey the loss that is felt. He left his mark on so many, and left them the better for it.
Wake, My brother, it fills my heart with great sadness, but at the same time a tremendous deal of gratitude of having known you and have been blessed to have shared stages with you many years ago. I've been proud to the utmost of what you were doing for this world not only through your music, but from your spirit that shined so brightly from inside you. I'm happy you finished your album and got a deal that you felt you deserved. You were one who deserved nothing but the best as that's what you wished all people. I know your memory will live on forever and ever in your music and through your endless friends, family and fans. Raise your Zia flags high as this one is for you New Mexico. We've lost a true human being and true talent and I for one extend my condolences to his family in their time of mourning. Andy will not be forgotten. Foundations of Freedom for ever! Love, success and perseverance ❤️🌶️ Always your brother, Nicholas Michael Duran (AKA Slick One)