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Paula Fuga is an American/ singer-songwriter based in Hawaii…
A humble beginning surrounded by the blues and gospel music of Louisiana, rooted and matured in the cultural richness and diversity of Hawaii, and eventually touring the East and West Coasts of America have infused Paula Fuga with a voice that is wet with soul from America’s Bible Belt, ripened by the various textures of paradise, and cultivated with sophistication through a sovereign journey.
On her independent record label, Pakipika Productions, Paula Fuga has managed to release her unique flavor of music around the world, earning an astounding and dedicated fan base, while collecting impressive critical acclaim, including a Na Hoku Hano Hano Award; Hawaii’s highest and most prestigious music honor, which lead to her collaboration with the Honolulu Symphony, opening for Three Dog Night.
If you had to peg Paula Fuga into a certain music genre, it would be almost impossible. But if you had to? Something like modern Hawaiian soul might suffice. Paula is fueled by the grit and glamour of love. She is as tortured by it as she is inspired. And this is why everyone can relate to her. She is complex, intelligent and real with the depth and passion to become an icon. In May, Paula released her self-produced, all original debut album, Lilikoi, a blend of tradition and evolution: soul and jazz–infused lyrics sprinkled with Hawaiian language, organic instruments like the nose flute and ‘ukulele, and a voice filled with so much soul, you’re guaranteed to become an instant fan.