Hawaii’s Newest Pop-Reggae Artist: Our Interview with Hirie

Hirie is one of Hawaii’s brightest breakout stars of 2013. Her debut album is available now on iTunes!

In the last year or so, Hawaiian artists have emerged onto the reggae scene in full force.  Musicians such as The Green, J Boog and Anuhea have attracted attention from the reggae community across the world and have even lead to collaborations with prominent Jamaican artists like Tarrus Riley and Peetah Morgan.

Hawaii’s newest artist, Hirie, is certainly no different.  Although she was born in the Phillipines and raised in Italy, Hirie spent most of her of life in Oahu, Hawaii.  On her brand new debut album (VP Records Associated Label Group – VPAL), she mixes her silky, smooth voice with roots, reggae and pop to create her own unique style.  Unlike many solo reggae artists, Hirie records with a live band as opposed to using pre-recorded mixtape “riddims”.  This organic feel and sound truly sets Hirie apart from most singers in her genre.  Recently, we got a chance to speak with Hirie about her album, reggae’s popularity in Hawaii and much more!

On set for her new music video “Sensi Boy”

Congrats on your debut album!  What is your favorite song on your album and why?

Thank you!  It’s hard to say!  At the moment, my favorite song is “Lost and Found”.  I really enjoy the vibes and the way it makes me feel when I listen to it.

How did your musical career begin?  When did you discover you could sing?

I sang at a very young age, maybe three or four.  My parents always said they knew I could sing because I would passionately belt out a Whitney Houston song; I began singing at home, in my basement, along with my Barbie karaoke machine (laughs)!

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Tessanne Chin Mesmerizes All Four Judges On NBC’s The Voice!

*All photos courtesy of NBC’s The Voice

Last night on NBC’s The Voice, Jamaica’s pride and joy, Tessanne Chin impressed all four judges (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton) with her amazing cover of Pink’s pop hit “Try”.  All four judges instantly hit their button in excitement to signify they wanted her on their teams.  The crowd went wild and as she sang her final note!

After her performance, Adam complimented her by saying, “You can easily win The Voice this year, I don’t have a doubt in mind!”  He added that reggae music is his favorite musical genre in the world.  After much battling between the judges, Tessanne finally picked Team Adam!

We wish Tessanne Chin all the best of luck this season of The Voice!  She could be the first Jamaican in history to win the contest! Go  #TeamTessanne!

Check out her performance from last night below and also our video of her lover’s rock hit “Family”!  What do you think of Tessanne Chin?  Comment below!

Juno Award-Winning Canadian Artist, Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd, Gives Us the Scoop on “Sweet Love”

*All photos courtesy of Elaine Shepherd

Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd is one of Canada’s best reggae singers in the music industry today.  Born in Bahrain and raised in Vancouver BC, this soulful songstress won the 2011 Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording for “Likkle But Mi Tallawah” and was nominated again in 2013 for the same award for “Move Ya”.  Her smooth, silky vocal style combined with sweet reggae rhythms continues to capture the hearts of many across the world.  In fact, Elaine has shared the stage with reggae veteran Junior Reid, Biggz General (Bob Marley’s grandson), Dax Lion and Skibu Foster (just to name a few).

Her lover’s rock song, “Sweet Love”, from her debut album “Move Ya” is one of our all-time favorites.  We got a chance to chat with Elaine before she left for her Toronto/Jamaica tour about the story behind the “Sweet Love”:

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