Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom
AMY HANAIALI’I's talent is the result of an exceptional blend of classical training, modern musical influences and heritage. The Hawaiian vocalist and songwriter has reinvigorated the Hawaiian tradition of female falsetto singing.
Growing up on the Island of Maui, she grew up on cultural chants and drum beats. Her parents enrolled her in a youth theatre program which fostered Amy’s talents, and eventually she attended the United States International University in San Diego. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and received formal training in classical music, jazz, blues, American standards, and pop.
Following graduation, Amy returned home to Hawaii and spent time with her grandmother, Jennie N_pua Woodd. Hanaiali’i credits her as one of her biggest influences. She inspired Amy to grow in Hawaiian music. Jennie arranged for a meeting with Genoa Keawe, and Genoa introduced Amy to the ha’I falsetto music.
10 albums later, Amy remains Hawaii’s top-selling female vocalist. She has opened for Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, The Beach Boys, Carlos Santana, and more. H_naiali_i’s success as a recording artist is evidenced by her four Grammy nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album, 15 N_ H_k_ Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s Grammy equivalent) including Female Vocalist (4 times), Hawaiian Album (3 times), Song, Group, most recently Contemporary Album, and even Christmas Album. H_naiali_i was named Hawaii’s Music Ambassador by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. Pacific Business News awarded her “40 under 40″ Business Person of the Year, recognizing her talent and business acumen.