When the Honolulu Pulse said, “Willie K can play or sing almost anything an American audience might ask for,” that wasn’t hype, it was the literal truth. The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and not only get away with it but leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment. No less than Prince is a huge fan, calling Willie K a “funky mother#%@&er,” while another avowed fan is a fellow Hawaiian who goes by the name Barack Obama.
Deep Promotions & Precision Sound Presents "Sugar & Spice," a night jam-packed with some of the best up-and-coming female acts in Hawaii. Featured performers include teen rock band EMKE, virtuosic ukulele duo Honoka & Azita, vocalist Reina Takahara, and singer-songwriters Allisa Keohokapua and Micki Kilbury. Doors open at 5pm with music beginning at 7pm. Join us for over two hours of amazing live music!
Singer-songwriter Kimié Miner creates an inimitable musical style that dresses the listener in a flowing mu‘umu‘u at sunset on a cool, Hawaiian beach. Growing up on an island, surrounded by the ocean is a formative experience which can be heard throughout her work; giving her songs a loose, down-to-earth feel, and imbuing her lyrics with natural imagery. Her parents, of Hawaiian and Portuguese decent, noticed her affinity for music at a very young age – in Kimié’s words, “It is my mother, my brother, my best friend, and my first love. No matter where I am in my life, I know I can always turn to music.” Inspired by jazz and R&B influenced individualists like India Arie, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu, Kimié taught herself guitar at age 14, and began writing songs as a form of self-expression that also taps into themes which transcend ethnicity, gender, and age.
Amy Hānaiali'i's success as a recording artist speaks for itself and is evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including 5 GRAMMY® nominations and 18 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards. Amy remains Hawai'i's top selling female vocalist. Her role as a cultural force for Hawaiian Culture stems from composing in Hawaiian Language and bringing her language to the world with a blend of diverse musical stylings, honoring her family's worldly heritage and rooted ancestral responsibility.
California native DeAndré Brackensick, found his start to singing in his local gospel church. Although he is widely known for his run to the Top 8 on American Idol – Season 11, DeAndre continues to show his cultural influence and musical versatility by performing traditional Hawaiian music and hula across the island. Simple Souls, the acoustic incarnation of established musical group, Kanalo, has been performing together since July 2003.
What was initially a dare to play aside from their established band, Kanalo (which was then a 4-piece band), turned into a new passion for “unplugged” music and a fresh acoustic sound. Simple Souls holds it down with an acoustic guitar, percussions, 2 vocals and a killer list of songs.
Multi- talented Meleana Brown performs Gospel, Hawaiian, Classical Opera, Ballads, Pop and R&B nationally & internationally. In 2010, Meleana was the opening act for Grammy-winning Bruno Mars in Honolulu. Meleana Brown was born and raised in Hawaii, part Filipino, Hawaiian, African-American and Portuguese. Meleana comes from a talented family. Her cousin is Nicole Scherzinger, former lead singer of the Pussy Cat Dolls and her sister is Christina Brown of High School Musical on TV and also has a hit song on Billboard charts. Meleana performed alongside Celine Dion’s renowned violinist, Roddy Chung, at a benefit concert in Los Angeles in 2012. Meleana auditioned for Duets on ABC TV and within hours she was singing on national TV, along side nine time grammy winner, John Legend.