“Nathan is that distinguished rarity…A jack of all trades, master of an expansive domain.” – Honolulu Advertiser
“Nathan… on electric bass and acoustic guitar, shows an... advanced understanding of harmony and orchestration …his singing style is effortless". –The New York Times
Nathan was born into a musical family. His early years consisted of piano lessons, learning the guitar and ukulele with the natural ability to sing. He then moved on to the saxophone, which he once thought would be his lifetime passion. In college he performed in the jazz ensemble, as a bass player, and the wind symphony, as a percussionist. By this time his passion for the electric bass made him decide that this would be his main instrument.
He started his professional career while still in college, accompanying performers such as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner and Nohelani Cypriano to name a few. He was a member of the Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Music) Award winning group Ka'eo and the award winning group The Ali'i's. He also did a 15 year stint with the legendary Don Ho, as bass player and back-up singer. Since 2002, he has released seven solo CDs, which have won him multiple Na Hoku Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year (the only person to have won this award 3 times), Song of the Year (2 times), Island Album of the Year ('Io), Album of the Year (E Apo Mai) and Jazz Album of the Year (Bass Etude).
“I've learned to play many instruments and singing came second nature to me, but when asked, "what is my favorite instrument", without a doubt it would be the bass guitar... There's no other feeling like holding down a groove with a good drummer or taking off on a solo.” On his solo CD release, Kane`ohe, Nathan plays all the instruments and singing all the vocals, showcasing his incredible talents--rich harmonies, beautiful voice, and deep spirit.
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