The new CD by singer/actress Tia Carrere is sure to get some top notch attention! And… it was just nominated for a Grammy Award!
Why, you ask?
For me, there’s the immediate attention getter of Tia’s velvety, dark voice. I like her lower register, which is giving us a sense of excitement, intrigue, and to some extent even a melancholy feeling.
The songs have Hawaiian words and in most cases music derived from well-known classical masterpieces. What a creative melting pot that is! European + Hawaiian! Neat, huh? Tia Carrere created a setting that might just lead to a lot of imitators, which the finest form of flattery.
The “marriage” of the words with the classical music text was done by
- AMY KU’ULEIALOHA STILLMAN, PH.D.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MUSIC AND AMERICAN CULTURE at the University of Michigan
The piano accompaniment is excellent, and this music is always sensitively well below the singer, so there’s never a need to strain to hear the lovely sounds of Tia’s voice. The whole thing is somewhat reminiscent of the great French Chanteuse of the 1920’s.
Click HERE to hear extracts from individual tracks.