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Eric Lee is widely known in the Hawaiian music industry for his creative musical arrangements and desire to honor the Hawaiian language through song. Raised on the westside of O‘ahu, HI, Eric’s lifelong love affair with music began at the age of 9 and grew as he ventured through instruments like ‘ukulele, piano, guitar, and electric & upright bass. He studied choral music and theory at Kamehameha Schools and later at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

After winning the 1993 Ka Hīmeni ‘Ana competition, Eric recorded his first album Nahenahe with The Kanile‘a Collection, and went on to form the group Nā Kama with bandmate Brian Mersberg. Together, Nā Kama released four albums including the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning albums Kamakolu (2007), and E Ola Ke Ali‘i: The Nā Kama Christmas Collection – Volume 1 (2008). As a member of the popular island music group, The Ka‘ala Boys, Eric released three studio albums, a Christmas single, and a greatest hits collection.

Eric’s 2009 release Crossroads marked his debut as a solo artist. With its blend of traditional Hawaiian and contemporary music, Crossroads provided Eric with the opportunity to showcase his musical versatility and the influence rock, country, blues, folk and jazz music have had on him over the years. Crossroads received the 2010 Hawai‘i Music Award for Contemporary Hawaiian CD and Eric toured extensively, playing concerts and festivals in California, Nevada, Hawai‘i, and Japan.

In 2011, Eric released Hallelujah/Thunder Road as a thank you to the fans and radio stations supporting his career. “Hallelujah”, the classic song written and composed by Leonard Cohen, and Eric’s own edgy rock instrumental “Thunder Road” became instant favorites at Eric’s live shows.

Eric’s latest studio release Kawehilani is a venture into the classic Hawaiian mele he is known for. Featuring seven arrangements of classic Hawaiian songs, as well as four original compositions, Kawehilani embraces an intimate and very traditional approach, featuring Hawaiian percussion (ipu and pahu drums) and steel guitar in addition to Eric’s intricate guitar work and soulful vocals. “Kawehilani is a personal choice to return to my Hawaiian roots because it bookmarks a very important part of my life - the life of my daughter, whom this album is named after and dedicated to. When I thought about how I would celebrate her life with this album, I chose to do it this way: if she were physically here and asked me what it is that I do, I would’ve played and sang for her a Hawaiian tune.”

As a full-time artist, Eric performs and tours frequently, sharing the stage with many artists and travelling throughout Hawai‘i, the Mainland U.S., the Pacific Islands and Asia, especially Japan. He composes and produces music for his own recordings as well as those of others, enjoying the opportunity to support them as well as working on projects for commercial vendors.

More information on Eric Lee, including his complete discography, calendar of upcoming performances, and song samples can be found on his website, www.ericleehawaii.com, the Eric Lee Music page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ericleehawaiimusic, and his Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Lee_(musician).

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