Mixed Feelings Tour
Sammy J, Anuhea, Mahi
Sammy J currently resides in Auckland. His mother is Australian and his father is Maori hailing form Ngati Raukawa, Waikato. Born and bred in Aussie he describes himself as a 'Mozzie' but proud and confident in his identity and embraces his maori and Polynesian heritage and roots which influenced his perspective on life.
Anuheake'alaokalokelani Jenkins (Anuhea) was born in December 1985 on the island of Maui in Hawaii.
A self-taught guitarist and song writer, Anuhea began showcasing her talents while boarding at Hawaii's famous Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu. "We would print out guitar chords to Bob Marley and Jack Johnson songs at school then skip water polo practice to go back to the dorms and jam them. Once I got the basic idea of guitar I then started writing my own songs." Anuhea enjoyed the spotlight. She was the head anchor for the daily campus-wide news, hosted a variety of TV shows for local television stations, and acted in school musicals.
A naturally gifted songwriter, Anuhea's word choices are a clever balance of emotions where each song tells a unique story, each story a lesson learned."I'm influenced highly by R&B and Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, but my instrument is acoustic guitar. I tend to write most of my songs during the craziest parts of my life. I'll write pages and pages in my notebook in no order then go back with my guitar in my hands and sing the words as lyrics to some chords. That's how most songs start for me." Anuhea wants to be a part of a new generation melding the melodic traditions of her island upbringing with modern beats and influences.
We’ve all heard the phrase “You can take the boy from the island, but not the island from the boy.” This is 100% truth when it comes to artist Mahi Crabbe.
I recall meeting Mahi at a local Hawaiian festival years back here in Las Vegas. He played music with a Polynesian dance group, both on and off stage. I had the privilege of hearing a few off stage cover songs by him and was truly impressed by his talents. I remember telling him, keep pressing forward with your music, but concentrate on writing original music. Fast forward to 2011, the music industry enabled us to cross paths again, only this time he surfaced with several original songs. He sent me “Tell Me You Do” and Dear Babe” and after hearing it both, I instantly placed it into radio rotation on Pipeline 2 Paradise. The listeners worldwide immediately embraced his sound. Soon after, Mahi dropped by in-studio and literally penned the remainder of an unfinished original song entitled “Light Switch” just before performing it LIVE on-air. His infectious music quickly spread and as they say, the rest was all history.
Coming off a great run that resulted in being amongst the Top 100 on American IDOL Season 11, Mahi continues to sharpen his craft and move the masses weekly performing around town in the Entertainment capitol of the world.
The future holds great promise for Mahi and sky is truly the limit for this young artist! Don’t be stunned if one day your turn on your local Top 40 station and hear Mahi’s music ruling the airwaves. One thing is for sure, no matter what level of success he attains, he remains a local island boy to the core. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day he pops up on MTV wearing slippahs, shorts and a blazer, it could happen…. I take that back, IT WILL HAPPEN!