Shawn Pimental and Lehua Kalima - Hawaiian musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, entertainers - have joined forces. Their first CD launches in August 2017, featuring Hawaiian and folk-inflected original songs pairing Lehua’s soaring vocals with Shawn’s harmonies and guitar riffs, sharing their prodigious talents as lyricists and composers.
Shawn Kekoa Pimental is a 5-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and Grammy Nominated Music Producer and Artist. He has produced records for numerous Hawaiian and reggae musicians, and has composed and produced music for Mike Post, Disney and other Award-Winning shows. He has also toured the world as a Musical Director and Band Member for many other artists, sharing the stage with Janet Jackson, Colbie Caillat, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse, America and Jack Johnson.
Lehua Kalima, one third of the group Na Leo Pilimehana since 1984, has been performing for over 30 years. With her roots in Hawaiian music and her passion for folk and pop, Kalima has penned and recorded over 35 songs both with Na Leo Pilimehana and as a solo artist. A recipient of over 20 Na Hoku Hanohano awards with Na Leo, she also won an unprecedented 3 individual awards as a songwriter for Songs of the Year and a Na Hoku Award for her solo album Rising in Love. In 2015, Lehua was honored to receive a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship Award.
Shawn and Lehua are releasing their debut album in August 2017, featuring original Hawaiian compositions written by Lehua, Shawn, and other Native Hawaiian composers; together they are creating the musical arrangements. The single tracks already released exhibit their signature lush harmonies and rich vocals; notes a fan: “Her ability to convey her feelings through musical poetry is amazing…a heart of gold and the vocal versatility to succeed in any market...”
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