Anuhea

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.

Background:
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.

Anuhea 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.

Andre Coles, the man that would become BoyWonder, was born in Philadelphia in 1982. He began singing at the age of 3 in his churchs choir. He knew his ability for music was something innate, but the Police solidified his passion when he fell in love with rock music at the age of 6 after hearing Roxanne. As a child growing up in West Philly, Andre was exposed to a myriad of music genres Blues, Jazz, Motown, Philly International, and Gospel yet the Police remained his number one inspiration. He was quickly drawn to their songs, which consisted of short, straightforward lyrics juxtaposed with Andy Summers echo guitar, combined with Stewart Copelands relentless drumming, and Stings out-front bass and voice. The Police motivated him to make music. They were his impetus, but as he soon learned, not his sole muse.

As Boy grew, his love for music continued to manifest. He attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he began to write lyrics as a way to express himself. At the age of 17, he formed his first band called the FBI, mirroring his Police obsession. The Punk/Pop group played locally until their breakup in 2000. However, he continued to pursue his passion and fell into and out of several different kinds of bands Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Alternative Rock, and R&B where he performed as a singer. Though each attempt to attain success as an original band in Philadelphia was met with demise, he remained undaunted. Around this time he also adopted his stage name, BoyWonder, feeling that a new start and a new sound called for a fresh moniker. "My real name wasnt cutting it for me it sounded kind of dorky", he thought. So I changed it. Drawing from the wealth of comic books he read as a child, he came up with BoyWonder, realizing from the start it was a tag with the potential to draw some heat. "Some people think its cocky, and their entitled to their opinion, its just a shame they dont get the joke."

With his music penchants evolving from the hard rock of his youth to more soulful melodies, Boy, along with a friend, decided to record his songs in the summer of 2002. They entered the studio hoping to produce a piece that represented his rich musical background and diverse tastes. The album featured songs that jump from easy listening, to power pop, to punk/pop, and even a touch of jazz and blues combined with a storyteller lyrical style. He decided to call the Album "Simplex" after overhearing a conversation in an elevator. Boy hit the Philly scene for almost two years in support of Simplex and garnered a reputation in the Philly Singer/Songwriter scene for giving a high-energy performance either by himself or with his band, winning fans along the way.

In 2006 Boy released his second independent album titled Electric Love delving more into his heavier Rock, Funk, and R&B influences. For this new sound Boy formed a new band called The Klique. My new band is definitely the best band Ive ever played with it takes a while to find the right chemistry but when you do its magic.

In early 2007 less than a year after Electric Love's release He returned to the studio with the Klique to record his new album Contact pushing the sound he created with Electric Love even further. "The band and I had really gelled while were out playing in support of Electric Love and I wanted to get that sound and that chemistry down on some new music I honestly believe that this is my best stuff so far."

In 2008 BoyWonder will become the new host of Philly Rising one of Philadelphia's most popular open mics.

Hes also signed with Management Company Valentino Entertainment since April 2006. Since then his music has been under consideration by major record labels including J Records and Shady Records. "Everything that has happened has happened for a reason, I'm very excited about the rest of my journey."

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