SOLO ARTISTS

Big Island Solo Artists

The Big Island has many talented Musicians and Bands. Explore their pages, see their live music calendars, listen to their music, and watch videos. Mahalo for supporting Big Island music.

You can submit your Solo Artist info via our Contact page.

Dagan Bernstein
About: With an easy smile and a welcoming countenance, you can find Bernstein playing guitar and singing at the Big Island Brewhaus, Pukilani Farmers’ Market, Merriman’s Restaurant, Kohala Coffee Mill, and, of course, the Waimea Coffee Company. (Excepting the first Saturday of the month, he plays every Saturday at WCC from 9-11 A.M.) Bernstein delivers a satisfying blend of folk, Paniolo and country.
Web: https://www.daganmusic.com/readme/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daganmusic/
Spotify: https://goo.gl/H8a2MW
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/daganb

 

Drew Daniels

Genre: Farm to folk punk poetry that delivers a call to action around personal, political and spiritual evolution.
About: Originally rooted in New Jersey and Philadelphia, where he fronted prog-ska band Tsunami Rising, now living on the Big Island of Hawaii where he is strengthening his connections to land, source and family.
Bandcamp:https://drewdaniels.bandcamp.com

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Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/drewnami

 

Higgs Music
For Hawaii-born singer, songwriter and musical innovator Higgs, it all started with rhythm. He picked up his first set of drumsticks while still in middle school, and since then he knew music was what he wanted to do. True, these days he favors his trusty tenor ukulele, but percussion has stuck with him throughout his musical career. Higgs’s productions defy any single genre, drawing on elements of the three R’s (rap, reggae, and R&B) as well as singer/songwriter sensibilities to create a sound wholly his own. His music creates an open and authentic atmosphere, inviting listeners to connect with him at a basic human level and shake up the status quo.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/higgsofficial
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7cYRrP9T3ZkXuEIxMQ9N6i
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3PkGjSjVBmjNfwUBdNrXeA

Kaahele
About: Kaahele is a Hawaiian word for “Journey” and the musical name of Kelly Hyde. Her lyrics are clever, uplifting, and comical, bringing awareness and at the same time making light of the human situation. Her music covers an array of folk, reggae, bluegrass, and her own special flavor. Kaahele speaks to the separation  between the modern and natural world. She represents nomadic culture, holding respect for native people, and reaching out to those who could use a fresh point of view. Her songs are full of food for thought, and her melodies are soothing and creative. Listeners may feel inclined to laugh or be brought to tears.

Web: https://www.kaahelemusic.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Kaahele/
Bandcamp:https://kaahele.bandcamp.com/album/the-star-that-met-the-tide
YouTube:https://youtu.be/Ga0f3F00pDo

Christy Leina’ala Lassiter
Christy Leina’ala Lassiter is a blue eyed Hawaiian who comes from a ranching family. Her Kona family are cattle ranchers and she grew up riding horses and chasing cattle. Raised in Hilo, she is a world traveler with a BA from UH Hilo. A former Miss Aloha Hawai’i, now an active entertainer, playing Hawaiian music for hotels, Halau, cruise ships and a variety of music events including the Gabby Pahinui Kani Ka Pila in Waimanalo, Merrie Monarch and Big Island Slack Key Festival. Her album “Le’a le’a” was nominated in 5 categories for the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award season. Currently working on a new CD entitled “Nahenahe”. Facebook

RJ Kaneao
About: Recording Artist , Composer , Producer , Engineer , Session Musician (Guitarist).  A Hawaii-based recording artists, producer and musician and one of Hawaii’s best kept secrets for many years even decades. RJ Has worked with many top artist and musician in Hawaii and the Pacific/Polynesia etc. With a recording career spanning over a decade and a half RJ has released five albums as a solo artist the first of which was produced by Grammy award-winning producer and artist Charles Michael Brotman.

Website: www.rjkaneaomusic.com or www.rjkaneao.com
EPK: www.artistecard.com/rjkaye
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RJKayeMusic/
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/RJKANEAO

Subtleties
I am a solo musician who utilizes live-looping to build a captivating performance. My music is all instrumental, borrowing a broad spectrum of influences from jazz to indie rock, and frequently incorporating odd time signatures in an approachable fashion. Some people might call my genre, “mathrock”.  Audiences are always perplexed by my ability to seamlessly move from playing guitar to playing drums  on stage. I have been playing live shows for the past 3 years in Colorado. Now that I have been living out here for almost a year, I am finally comfortable to get out and play some shows that are not open mics.

Bandcamp:https://kempstephenray.bandcamp.com/
Latest music video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewXysuyJuw8
Link to an improvised, stripped-down live performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQtBsq-oG_0
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/subtleties1994/
You can also find me on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, etc.