Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona, producer and distributor of Native American music, is one of the oldest independent record labels in the music industry as well as one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state of Arizona.
Canyon Records was founded in 1951 by Ray and Mary Boley. The Boleys had opened the first recording studio at Seventh Avenue and Roosevelt in Phoenix in 1948, and their involvement with Native American music began when Ray was asked by the Phoenix Little Theater to record a Navajo singer named Ed Lee Natay. Boley was so taken with Natay’s singing that he recorded a collection of songs titled Natay, Navajo Singer. This album is still in active release.