Anuhea, Justin Young
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
If Trevor Hall’s 2009 self-titled Vanguard Records debut represented the young musician’s struggle with finding himself, his follow-up, Everything Everytime Everywhere (August 23rd) is a courageous affirmation that he has become the man he had been seeking. The warm linearity of his prior work gives way to a mature artist hitting his stride, an image that persists throughout this body of work, from the easy reggae slide of the opening “The Return” and the anthemic “Brand New Day” straight through to the momentous closing track, “The Mountain.” Hall’s signature blend of catchy pop/rock songs infused with tasteful shades of reggae has made this diverse 24-year-old one of the most lauded up-and-coming musicians on the American music scene.
“With the last album, I was exploring more,” Hall says from his Southern California home. “I was going through a struggle with myself, and all that grittiness came out. With this one I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had much greater conviction.”
While on Trevor Hall, the singer wove Sanskrit chants into pop- and rock-laced songs, he now feels that the underlying themes of devotion and community remain while he focuses less on making them feel so apparent—he never sacrifices his music for a message. Rather, his music is the message. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the upbeat “Brand New Day,” in which he confidently casts aside his former self to welcome new possibilities:
Shake the dust off your hands/And come run free on this land/If you want to survive/It’s time to wake up and sing/Put the crown on the king/Live your life/Wake up/It’s a brand new day
Hall easily exudes that rare ability to write universal songs that appeal to broad audiences in the vein of two of his heroes, Ben Harper and Bob Marley. The strong focus on love on Everything Everytime Everywhere quickly burrows itself into our minds, even though the love he discusses is more celestial than earthly. Hall continually employs poetic metaphors to represent “internal heights,” the ability of each human to recognize their highest self, as on the epic track, “The Love Wouldn’t Die.”
“That song is my favorite on this record,” Hall says. “Musically it’s very different than what I usually do. It’s the second-to-last song, right before ‘The Mountain,’ which is this very triumphant journey of ascending a peak. With everything I do, that home stretch is the most difficult. The song is about living a spiritual life in a material world, of being a stranger in a strange land. At some point you get scared of being so different, and you want to conform and be like everybody else. But once you have a higher taste of spiritual life, everything else seems mundane. No matter how hard you try to fall asleep to this spiritual part of you, you can’t. That love won’t die.”
Trevor Hall’s heartfelt balladry may perhaps prove more meaningful to fans than his powerful rock anthems. The opening bass line of one such song, “All I Ever Know,” unfolds into a beautiful and inspiring song about finding comfort in the face of adversity:
We put the stars to shame/What can I say/The earth it turns but we never fade away/Forever hold on/Forever stay close/All I ever need/You’ll be all I ever know
While looking outward for universal love, Hall is not afraid of turning inside. This shines through on the one song that is about human love, the gorgeous and heartbreaking “Te Amo.” The young man grows quieter than his usual buoyant self while explaining. “When you’re a musician, you meet a lot of people, but you’re always moving. You can’t really get attached to anyone. Sometimes you meet someone who really has a big effect on you. ‘Te Amo’ was a situation where I met a woman and fell in love very quickly, but I knew it wasn’t going to work because of my life. I had to make a decision. It’s a tricky place.”
While Hall spends his days listening to Indian devotional music and Golden Era reggae from the 1960s and ‘70s, his music is modern and immediately recognizable. The eleven tracks on Everything Everytime Everywhere are guitar-driven gems that fit right at home in the catalog of his influences. Created with a host of incredible musicians, including longtime Matisyahu guitarist Aaron Dugan, bass player Brian Lang and drummer Aaron Sterling, Hall’s stellar guitar playing and distinctive voice is backed by a crew of sonic experts.
Like the events in his life, each song is a complete journey itself. The ska- and calypso-influenced “Different Hunger” was inspired after touring with the legendary Jimmy Cliff, while “The Return,” a smooth and relaxed percussion-filled track reminiscent of Jack Johnson’s early work, represents getting back to his own divinity—yet in no rush to arrive. Then there’s the playful “Dr. Seuss,” the album’s most driving track, which Hall co-wrote with producer Jimmy Messer.
“I walked in one day and he had this beat going,” Hall says. “It was awesome, and I said we had to come hard lyrically on this. That became the first line of the song. Then I realized that so many people come hard with their attitude, and never step back and enjoy the variety that exists in life. So while I was developing this theme, Jimmy said he had read Dr. Seuss to his son that morning, and that became the theme to the song: not worrying about what’s better than another, but enjoying the variety of life.”
Beyond his years in sound and maturity, Trevor Hall has accomplished what great musicians do when presented with such circumstances: he created lasting art to inspire and comfort others. Everything Everytime Everywhere is the testament of an inner warrior trying to lift himself and those around him out of the everyday maladies that plague our lives. There are songs to fall asleep to, songs to wake up by, and songs to feel good about yourself. They encapsulate life and make you a part of Trevor Hall’s world, while his music becomes part of yours.
With a delicate balance of fragility, strength and sass, Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as Hawaii's #1 female artist. Anuhea's signature guitar rhythms, sultry vocals and honest song writing weave acoustic soul, R&B, jazz and hip hop with pop appeal, making Anuhea Hawaii's next rising star.
Rylee Anuheake'alaokalokelani Jenkins (Anuhea) was born in December 1985 on the island of Maui.
Her debut album "Anuhea" released in April of 2009. It shot to #7 on the iTunes Pop Charts, #4 on R&B, and #3 on the World/Reggae Billboard Charts and multiple singles became commercial successes on Hawaii and AAA national radio.
A self-taught guitarist and song writer, Anuhea began showcasing her talents while boarding at Hawaii's famous Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu. "We would print out guitar chords to Bob Marley and Jack Johnson songs at school then skip water polo practice to go back to the dorms and jam them. Once I got the basic idea of guitar I then started writing my own songs." Anuhea enjoyed the spotlight. She was the head anchor for the daily campus-wide news, hosted a variety of TV shows for local television stations, and acted in school musicals.
After attending film school in Orange County for a year, Anuhea realized she wasn't heading in the direction she was most passionate about, music. So she abandoned her scholarships and embarked on a soul-searching odyssey to Australia for 3 weeks. She returned to the islands and immediately got into the scene, performing at a local coffee shop. These gigs turned into paid restaurant gigs and she eventually put a band together using friends from around the island.
In 2006 Anuhea competed for a crown in the Miss Maui Scholarship Pageant, the preliminary to the Miss Hawaii and Miss America Pageants. Not the pageant-girl cliche by any means, Anuhea embraced the challenge of the pageant and performed an original song "I Just Want You Around" for the talent portion of the competition. She walked away with a trophy for Miss Congeniality and 2nd Runner Up. "I thrive off of challenges. I had hit a point where I was pretty stagnant, and I had some student loans I really wanted to pay off. Plus you see pageants on TV as a kid, and I just always wanted to try to be that girly girl for once in my life."
Anuhea's musical and performance skills continued to improved with every performance, and successes came steadily. She took the initiative to market herself as a musician initially acting as her own manager, booking agent, music producer and distributor. Anuhea even took recordings from a live taping for a public radio station and turned them into her first real demo CD "Rough Cuts" which through her myspace page got her discovered by manager / record label co-owner Warren Wyatt.
A naturally gifted songwriter, Anuhea's word choices are a clever balance of emotions where each song tells a unique story, each story a lesson learned."I'm influenced highly by R&B and Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, but my instrument is acoustic guitar. I tend to write most of my songs during the craziest parts of my life. I'll write pages and pages in my notebook in no order then go back with my guitar in my hands and sing the words as lyrics to some chords. That's how most songs start for me." Anuhea wants to be a part of a new generation melding the melodic traditions of her island upbringing with modern beats and influences.
Music has been in Anuhea's family for generations, so it was inevitable that her seeded passions would reflect the same. Anuhea's father is from the North Shore of Oahu in the surfing culture of Haleiwa. His younger sister, Nalani is a founding member of the most popular female group in the history of Hawaiian Music, Na Leo Pilimehana. Anuhea's mother, an Oregon native, comes from a musical family as well, her father is a popular country guitarist.
nuhea has shared the stage with artists like Bruno Mars, Babyface, Al Green, FloRida, Hoobastank and Pepper. She and her band have toured Japan and Guam with the Armed Forces Entertainment Tour for the troops and their families. She had official showcases at South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin Texas in 2009 and 2010. Anuhea headlined the national 2010 Right Love Tour, and the 2010 Surf Roots Tour along with iTunes #1 reggae album recipients, The Green.
In April 2010 Anuhea performed alongside Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley & Taj Mahal at the sold out Kokua Festival at the Waikiki Shell. She went on to win 2 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Contemporary Album of the Year and Most Promising Artist, making her Hawaii's #1 female artist.
In 2011 Anuhea and band performed the Half-Time show at the NFL ProBowl at the Aloha Stadium, getting her a few seconds of National TV coverage on FOX.
As of April 2011 Anuhea is currently touring the West Coast US and heading into the studio to finish up her 2nd album due out September 2011. Her first single off the new record, "Crown Royal" (now avail on iTunes) already has gotten mad radio play in the islands, making her sophomore album one of the most anticipated in 2011.
The future is bright for this Maui songbird. Anuhea's determination, passion, optimism and raw talent are the foundations for the success that is to come. "I just feel lucky that I've found my dream and am able to pursue it... My main goal as a music-maker is to help people find theirs, whatever it may be." Fluent in Hawaiian Anuhea is proud of her island roots and plans to honoring her heritage by utilizing her growing fame for the good of her land and people.
Rising from the beautiful beaches and warm tropical atmosphere of the Hawaiian Islands, comes a young, poised, local recording artist with national appeal, potential, and aspirations. Justin Kawika Young is a gifted singer/song writer who, at this young age, has already experienced success in the Hawaiian music scene. After winning first place in a song writing contest in 1995, Justin was given the opportunity to record a local album. Working on the project, Justin gained experience and knowledge in all aspects of the recording process. Showing his versatility as a musician, Justin played keyboards, guitar, and ukulele, and wrote six of the ten songs on the record.
In March, 1996, Justin’s debut album released at number three at Tower Records for Hawaiian albums and remained in the top ten for six weeks. Three of Justin’s original songs were released, and each spent several weeks as one of the five most requested songs of the day on local radio stations. While promoting his album, Justin performed throughout the Islands. Most notable, was a performance at the Waikiki Shell in front of thousands while opening for the national Reggae group, Big Mountain. Justin has established a reputation in the Islands for his good music and gentle character.
In September of 1997, Justin released his much anticipated sophomore album “Soothe You”. The album produced four number one radio hits across the Island chain. At the end of the year Justin was picked by one radio station as the number one new artist of 1997. He also received three Hawaiian Music Award including: “Best Performance By A Rhythm & Blues Artist”, “New Artist of the Year”, and Honorable Recognition for his version of the classic song “Crazy Love”. In July of ‘98, Justin was selected by Brian McKnight to be one of two local opening acts for his Hawai`i concert.
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