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Amy Hānaiali’i Gilliom’s name is synonymous with being one of Hawaii’s most successful contemporary Hawaiian recording artists.
Her voice is commanding, with a roomy middle register that’s a force of nature all its own. When Hānaiali’i takes it up an octave, high notes echo from the heavens, only to dip down deep into the recessed valleys of a bassy growl, scatting up a storm that would make a vocal great like Billie Holiday want to dance in its rain of improvisation.
Amy Hānaiali’i’s role as a cultural force championing Hawaiian tradition stems from composing in the Hawaiian language and bringing her language to the world with a current blend of diverse musical stylings. Hānaiali’i’s talent emerges from a disciplined classical training, fused powerhouse vocals, and honoring her family’s heritage and rooted ancestral responsibility.
Her albums have also garnered eighteen Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Hānaiali’i’s range of multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano wins showcases her varied musical depth over the years, prevailing in the following categories: Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and many others. Her wide-ranging success and cultural responsibility provide clear recognition of universal acceptance by Hawaii’s music community and fans. All Hānaiali’i’s albums have validated commercial success, consistently placing her at the top of the Billboard World Album charts.