Daniel Ho is an accomplished composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, sound engineer, author, and record company owner. He is the winner of six GRAMMY Awards, two Golden Melody Awards (Taiwan), nine Hawaii Music Awards, and three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii). A Honolulu native, he began playing ‘ukulele at an early age, then moved on to classical guitar, piano, bass, drums, and voice. He studied composing, arranging, and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles; led the national airplay and Billboard chart-topping contemporary jazz band Kilauea; and formed his own record company in 1998. Since then, Daniel Ho Creations has released more than 100 albums and published over a dozen music books. Daniel’s music has been featured on Hawaii Five-O, The Descendants, and Soul Surfer, and he sang the Hawaiian-language cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U in the movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. His solo ‘ukulele CD, Polani (Pure), was the first ‘ukulele album in music history to receive a GRAMMY nomination. The following year, his Hawaiian piano CD, E Kahe Malie (Flowing Gently), was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Daniel recently received his fourteenth GRAMMY nomination for the album Our World In Song. As a performer, clinician, and author, his sincere and enthusiastic style inspires a love of music and creativity in everyone.
Daniel will be performing selections from his newest CD, Aukahi (Flowing Harmony), with his ‘ukulele trio at the San Diego Ukulele Festival. Featuring Steve Billman on the Ohana Bass ‘Ukulele and Randy Drake on Bongolele and drums, these studio musicians have been performing and recording together for over two decades (since their days as the contemporary jazz group Kilauea). Their performance, which expands the boundaries of ‘ukulele repertoire, is truly something to behold.