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Meet the Ukulele Darling: Brittni Paiva!
Ukulele in the highlights
Islanders have a unique way to pass the time. It is either swimming, surfing, wakeboarding or in the other hand discovering music through variety of local instruments, like guitar or the four-stringed ukulele.
The Awakening of Brittni Paiva
Surrounded by musically-inclined families, this Hilo native was born on September 28, 1988. As diverse as her music, this young lady of Portuguese, Danish, Japanese and Hawaiian lineage began her musical training at the age of four. She studied classical piano under Suzuki method. With his grandfather’s help, Brittni fell in love with the Hawaiian classic instrument, the ukulele. At age 11, it was the start of her unending quest for her musicality. She went on to embrace ki ho’alu (Hawaiian slack key guitar) and bass to further enhance her versatility.
At young age of 16, she reaped the 2005 Na Hoku Hanohano “Most Promising Award” for her debut album, Brittni X 3. Why the title of the album? It is because she played all three parts – ukulele, guitar and bass. Amazing and very unique isn’t it? She’s really a prodigy of Hawaii. From then on, she was affectionately called the Ukulele Darling and Slack Key Supergirl for her remarkable instrumental proficiency.
In the following year, at age 17, she released her sophomore album entitled HEAR. It was awarded as the 2006 Hawaii Music Awards “Ukulele Album of the Year” and which also received two nominations for the Na Hoku Hanohano categories for “Best Instrumental Album of the Year” and “Favorite Entertainer of the Year.”
As gift for her debut as an 18-year old girl, the versatile Brittni (the do-it-all girl) has done it again with the release of her third CD Brittni which grabbed the 2007 Hawaii Music Awards “Ukulele Album of the Year” and another couple of nominations for the 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano “Best Instrumental Album of the Year” and “Album of the Year.”
These three albums are manifestations that Brittni Paiva never rest on her laurels and continue to explore musical boundaries. Two vocal recordings are featured on her third CD. It means that strings are not only her voice to the world but her own vocals, too.
Involvement to the World
In her home island of Hilo, Brittni is often asked to speak at schools. She was the keynote speaker at a June 2006 high school commencement. Part of her message is to encourage future generations to tap their musical talents or inclinations. She’s an active participant in the annual Ukulele Guild of Hawaii’s Ukes for Kids program. Ukes for Kids provides ukuleles to underprivileged children.
Invading the US Billboard Chart
With the help of renowned producers in the US Music industry, this multi-talented musician-composer-arranger has been able to penetrate the US market. Her repertoire encompasses many eras and a variety of genres and appeals to a wide range of audiences. From the classical period to the modern, from the Latin rhythms to the fiery csardas, the spin and style of her performance is uniquely Brittni Paiva!
If you listen to her performances, whether live or recorded, you will be lost in time and fully appreciate the unique sound of ukulele. You can hear the unique cover of Santana’s Europa or the classic Disney song ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and her very own ‘Riding Honoli’i’.
Her music will take away all the stress you’ve been experiencing. Try hearing Brittni Paiva’s music. It will make a difference in your life.