Jake Shimabukuro – Travels
Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro releases his new album on October 9. Travels casts the spotlight on Jake’s diverse artistry, from lilting self-penned compositions, to modern interpretations of beloved Hawaiian standards. As a special treat, the disc’s 17 tracks also includes a memorable pair of pop nuggets from the 70s: A sweet rendition of “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5, and a witty, Hawaii-meets-East L.A., take on “Low Rider” by War (the latter featuring rare vocals by Jake). Also included on the new album are current concert favorites Kawika, Ichigo Ichie, Oama and Hilawe.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake Shimabukuro’s life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played. Known for his powerful strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. Being influenced by legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon, Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.
Jake began his music career in the mid-90’s, performing at local coffee shops with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake’s solo career began in earnest in 2002 when he became the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music Japan. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when his cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.
He has often topped Billboard’s World Music Charts, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine, he has continually wowed audiences on national TV with appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Today Show.” He’s played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference and along the way has earned comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.
Label: Entertainment One US
Catalogue Number: EOMCD5262
Release Date: 9 October 2015