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Beauty and the Beat - What you need to know about Anuhea
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MauiTime Weekly
By Samantha Campos

She's a beautiful girl. So it's no surprise that Anuhea, born and raised on Maui, ran for Miss Maui 2006. Consequently, she won Miss Congeniality-also not a shocker-and second runner-up to the crown. But what is surprising is the fact that she was so happy she didn't win.

"I'm not a pageant girl at all," she said. "But I had to raise money, speak eloquently, have an opinion on issues... and I knew it would all be good for my career in the long-run."

She knows what she wants. After prep school, Anuhea got a full ride to Chapman Film School for video production. She went to school for a year but realized it wasn't what she was passionate about. So she gave up the scholarship from the Hawai'i Association of Broadcasters and taught herself to play guitar.

She's a girl who likes challenges. Which is why, when she returned home, she said goodbye to friends and family, and moved to San Francisco. By this time, Anuhea knew she wanted to make music. But she knew nobody there and for a while, she was homeless. During the day, she worked three jobs. At night, she said she'd sometimes have to wait hours to play a few songs at an open mic somewhere.

"It made me realize how small I am," Anuhea said. "There are so many people there who do what I do, that I have to try that much harder, make a huge extra effort to be more unique. And it really comes down to being yourself."

She's proud of her island roots and wants to honor that. She comes from a long line of Kamehameha School alumni, and her aunty is a member of the popular contemporary Hawaiian trio, Na Leo Pilimehana. Although she doesn't want to be limited to the Hawaiian music genre, she wants to be a part of a new generation melding the melodic traditions of her island upbringing with modern beats and influences.

She loves hip-hop. Well, there was her duet with Travis McCoy of New York hip-hop band (and MTV darlings), Gym Class Heroes. While she was living in San Francisco, McCoy heard her acoustic version of his track, "Viva La White Girl" and before she knew it, Anuhea was whisked off to L.A. to record the song with him.

Currently, she's recording some of her own songs with the San Francisco hip-hop group, The Evolutionaries, for her debut album that will eventually be distributed by OneHawaii Music. The music deftly blends Anuhea's soulful vocals and acoustic guitar playing, with jazzy breaks and smooth lyrical rhymes.

She has a song for everything. One time, when she was in the city, her car was broken into and her laptop stolen, along with all of her promotional materials. She cried like a baby. And then she wrote the song, "Fly."

"I could drink, smoke, beat somebody up," she said. "But writing songs is a better outlet for my emotions."

She's on the positive freak flow. My conversation with Anuhea was peppered with references to inspirational speeches by Nelson Mandela and excerpts from Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. Even her MySpace blog reads like an affirmation from Chicken Soup for the Anti-Beauty-Pageant-Turned-Songwriter Chick Soul.

"I encourage you to think about your life, your goals, and realize what exactly it is that's preventing you from achieving them. It's probably yourself. And frankly, that's just dumb. That idea is the inspiration for my song 'Endlessly.' 'You trust that you won't make it, 'cause you hate to make mistakes and your life has been nothing but struggles in this silly rat race... But on and on, endlessly you try.' And keep trying, you! Keep focused on your goals and thinking positive. The power of the mind is amazing. (I'm telling this to myself, too...)"

Anuhea Rides a Wave of Island Activity into Austin

Anuhea (pronounced Ah-New-Hey-Ah) is a self-taught guitarist and song-writer born on Maui. On her self-titled debut album, Anuhea blends Soul, R'n'B, Jazz and Reggae with smart, personal lyricism. With seductively sophisticated pop vocals and spirited guitar accompaniment, Anuhea shares the same independent attitude of celebrated female artists like Gwen Stefani and Lily Allen.

Anuhea became a sensation across the Hawaiian islands by opening for Brushfire Recording artists Jack Johnson and Matt Costa and collaborating with indie favorites Gym Class Heroes in a remake of their song "Viva La White Girl." Eco-conscious as well as an avid surfer, Anuhea is not just another pretty face. She is a savvy entrepreneur who acted as her own manager, agent, producer and distributor before signing with the One Hawaii Music label and WorldSound for management. She's already landed partnerships with some of Hawaii's best brands including Kohana Coffee along with Ko'olauu & Pono Guitars & Ukuleles. Her album, produced by Drew K and mastered by Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen, arrives in stores in June 2009.

On her first excursion to South by SouthWest (SxSW), Anuhea will have nearly a dozen live appearances at a diverse range of venues. Her official SxSW showcase will be at Submerged headlining SxSW's Hawaiian Music Night at 10pm before John Cruz and One Hawaii label mates One Right Turn take the stage. Anuhea will be in residency at Roy's, Austin's legendary Hawaiian barbeque restaurant on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will also make two appearances at Whole Foods. All attendees to Anuhea shows in Austin will receive a free digital download of a song from the new CD. Finally, Anuhea will host a brunch session of music and give-aways on Saturday at Cicci's Market playing a short set each hour between 10am and 1pm. Come down to Cicci's market to try a free sampling of the new organic Anuhea line of Kohana Coffee and to enter for a chance to win a $1000 Pono Ukulele, handmade on the North Shore of Oahu.

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To set up interviews, video or audio recordings with Anuhea during SxSW, please contact Crissa Requate at Music Allies, 828-337-6002. Anuhea's manager Warren Wyatt of WorldSound will also be at SxSW and can be reached at or on his mobile phone 808-333-4224

Anuhea SxSW Appearances
Monday March 16 @ 7pm - Roy's Restaurant
Wednesday March 18 @ 8pm - Whole Foods
Wednesday March 18 @ 10pm - Roy's Restaurant
Thursday March 19 @ 4pm - SXSW Convention World Sound Booth
Thursday March 19 @ 7pm - Whole Foods
Thursday March 19 @ 10pm - Roy's Restaurant
Friday March 20 @ 6pm - Roy's Restaurant
Friday March 20 @ 10pm - Submerged (Official SXSW Showcase)
Saturday March 21 @ 10am to 1pm - Cicci's Market
Roy's - 340 E. 2nd Street (512) 391-1500
Submerged - 333 E. 2nd Street @ Trinity (512) 499-8768
Whole Foods - 525 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 476-1206
Ciccy's Market - 1400 S. Congress (512) 225-0521

Anuhea - Island Mele

By John Berger
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2009

Until relatively recently most local pop artists didn't have the talent, material or production values to make it outside Hawaii. Even here, often as not, if a local pop artist got play on a mainstream radio station in Honolulu, it was probably because someone at their record label had a major "in" with a power broker there.

Anuhea Jenkins is the latest local pop artist who doesn't need "connections" to get airplay or reach the national pop charts. She sounds like several successful young pop divas -- and that's a good thing. Her sound -- smoky, introspective vocals and smooth R&B rhythms predominate -- is already proven pop material.

Equally important, Anuhea is a witty and insightful writer. Her command of catchy phrasing and vivid lyric images puts familiar but ever-popular subjects (unfaithful boyfriends, unrequited love, the challenge of breaking the rules and pursuing a man) in fresh perspective.

"Slow Down" describes the situation of being a 19-year old "queen in the making" and fighting the frustration that comes with limitations. "Fly," softer and sweeter than the others, is an inspirational message of hope.

And then there's "Barista by Day." Think of it as the equivalent of "Private Dancer" for coffee servers, and you'll never look at them the same way again.

Anuhea has concert goers abuzz
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Battle of bands at Loft can be shot at big time
Posted on: Friday, June 5, 2009

Also on music scene, Anuhea has concert goers abuzz

A new monthly battle of the bands event at Loft Gallery and Lounge is giving local bands a shot at opening for visiting Mainland groups. "The Opening" kicks off June 13 with local bands vying for the chance to warm up the crowd for MGMT July 16 at Pipeline Café ...

If you're wondering what kind of buzz an opening act can have, check out local girl Anuhea, who opened last weekend for Amos Lee at NextDoor. Lee was good, but we're hearing more about Anuhea's inevitable rise. Yes, she's that good. See for yourself Aug. 29 when she hooks up with Pepper at Pipeline Cafe...

Anuhea is going viral press
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By Kawehi Haug
Advertiser Entertainment Writer

Meet Anuhea Jenkins. Singer, songwriter, guitarist ... and Hawai'i's biggest pop music export since Jack Johnson?

Sure, everyone wants to be known as the next Jack Johnson, but Anuhea ... well, she just might the one.

Last month, after being one of five Hawai'i artists to be invited to perform at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, her self-titled debut album reached No. 7 on iTunes' most-downloaded-albums list. The songstress also opened for folk-blues artist Amos Lee when he was in Honolulu in May for a two-show engagement, and rumor has it she stole the show. We'd say too bad for Lee, except that he's the one who started the rumor.

Last week, Anuhea, who goes by just "Anuhea" performed in Los Angeles for an exclusive audience of industry heavy hitters, any one of whom could set her on the path to pop music superstardom.

So yeah, all things considered, it's pretty safe to say that Anuhea might be the next big thing to come out of the Islands.

Of course, there are no guarantees. At 23, Anuhea knows what she wants, and what she wants is to be a multiplatinum-selling recording artist with a Grammy (or two or ...) and a foreign boyfriend to wake up to every morning. OK, that last part isn't a must, but if we're talking about her ideal life in, say, 10 years, she's putting it out there that she would dig a nice Brazilian.

"I hope that in 10 years, I'll have a family and a successful music career," Anuhea said. "I want to be able to do it all, like Gwen Stefani and Nelly Furtado do. If they can do it, I can too."

Anuhea is proof that the Internet makes its own kind of stars. In the age of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, DIY singer-songwriter types like Anuhea literally have the world at their fingertips.

Right now, Anuhea's job as a pop music artist is to spend eight, 10 or sometimes 12 hours every day on the Internet keeping up with her real fans via a virtual groupie community.

It's called viral marketing, and it's second nature for the Maui native, who now lives in Hawai'i Kai.

"I can spend all day just keeping my fans posted on what's going on with me, " she said. "And it's a mutual thing. They become my fans and I become theirs because we're able to communicate and connect using the Internet."

Oh, how things change.

Remember the time when a rock star was about as accessible to his or her fans as Mars' second moon? Those days are all but forgotten, thanks to the Internet. And lucky for people like Anuhea.

"Whatever success I've had so far, I attribute to the whole viral thing," she said. "I'm really active online, and it gives me a window to the whole world."

And what up-and-coming star doesn't want the world at her disposal? It can only help, even if it is just a virtual world.

But even if Anuhea could sit comfortably at her computer and garner the kind of success she's after, she wouldn't be able to do it. She's too social. Too engaged. Too reliant on the interaction between her, the singer, and her audience.

"I thrive on the energy of an audience. On knowing that they feel me, and I feel them."

And so it's on to the next phase, one that requires more hard work and more than just a YouTube following.

Anuhea, who writes her own songs and is her own accompaniment on the guitar, is now hoping to take her viral popularity and grow it until it's big enough to fit into the biggest stadiums in the world.

Her album is a slick, well-produced record that clearly reflects her influences: Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, while still being all Anuhea.

Comparisons to artists like Jewel, Colbie Caillat and Anna Nalick are unavoidable. She's got that whole folksy, barefoot-girl-and-a-guitar vibe. But there's no mistaking that Anuhea comes from these Islands, an influence that no one else can claim. Except for Jack Johnson. And like Johnson, she can't help but sound local. But where Johnson is all about the cha-langalang, Anuhea is all about the skank.

With more than just a thread of reggae in her music, Anuhea pays serious homage to not only pure reggae influences like Bob Marley, but also to the localized version of reggae, known as Jawaiian.

Is the rest of the world ready for Jawaiian-slash-pop-slash-R&B? If Nico from Switzerland, Anuhea's self-proclaimed biggest fan has anything to say about it, the answer is, yes.

And Anuhea's ready to take on the world.

"I'm not the best singer. I'm not the best guitarist. I'm not the prettiest. I know that," she said. "But I have a passion for this. I love it, and I want to do this for the rest of my life."
Anuhea's 25 Random Things, Facebook-style future, past

1. I'm from Maui, but I've never been to Lana'i.

2. I am THE oldest of my generation in all my family- both sides, all cousins and siblings.

3. I've never had a voice or guitar lesson in my entire life.

4. I bought my senior prom dress from Savers.

5. I know every single word to many old-school rap songs like "Bust a Move," "Baby Got Back," "Ice Ice Baby" and "Humpty Hump."

6. I consider a person's sense of humor to be of higher importance than anything else when it comes to guys/friends.

7. I'm obsessed with sushi. I could eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner.

8. I was president of my high school video club.

9. I'm terrified of jumping off high things. Bungee jumping? Skydiving? No, thank you.

10. My brothers are named Michael and Jordan after Michael Jordan.

11. I make my bed every morning.

12. I'm the most car-accident-prone person I know.

13. I would like to someday have my own reality TV show.

14. I'm super into mixed martial arts but am scared to train myself.

15. I'm part Chinese.

16. My first job was at The Pet Shop (Maui).

17. I suck at cooking.

18. I used to raise Jackson chameleons.

19. I played the trumpet in intermediate school.

20. I can recite every line from the movie "Liar Liar," verbatim.

21. I'm obsessed with Spam musubi.

22. I've never had the chicken pox.

23. One wall of my bedroom is covered in a collage made from magazine clippings and photos.

24. I want to dye my hair black, but I can't until I sell a million records.

25. My alter ego is a tatted up, Kat Von D-type, motorcycle-riding bad ass!
future, past

Anuhea's dream collabo team: If she could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, Anuhea said she'd love to work with Michael Jackson, Amos Lee, Bob Marley, James Taylor or Busta Rhymes.

Anuhea's perfect supergroup: If she were to form a supergroup, the members would be Carlos Santana on guitar, Travis Barker on drums, Flea on bass, and Alicia Keys on piano and backing vocals.

Anuhea's best main act: If Anuhea could tour with and open for anyone, she would pick Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson or Gym Class Heroes.

The last album Anuhea bought or downloaded: "Sunny Side Up" by Paolo Nutini

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A Style Star is Born - Anuhea Jenkins Takes the Plunge
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Behind every chart-topping music artist, there is a look, whether it's Justin Bieber's hair or Lady Gaga's theatrical armor. Those who endure are just as likely to change their appearance as their music style, for better or worse, just to keep audiences abuzz.

Yet, in perfecting their musical chops, the typical young musician writing songs in his or her bedroom often doesn't dwell on personal expression through wardrobe.

But so many photos circulate through MySpace, Facebook and social media sites that music fans are just as likely to see an artist before hearing them, and well, just as with love at first sight, looks matter.

Fresh from her two-Hoku Hanohano Award win as Most Promising Artist and in the category of Contemporary Album of the Year for "Anuhea," Anuhea Jenkins' growing discomfort with her stage appearance led her to team with local stylist Ralph Malani for a redo.

The two met during last month's Hoku Awards ceremony when Malani, of Salon 808 and Hawaii Polynesian Models Talent, was assigned to work on her hair. The two hit it off when she proved game to wearing a modified mohawk. A few days later, she found him through Facebook to ask for help in creating a new look for her 25-city summer tour of the mainland, which begins next month.

For his part, Malani said, "I saw a cute, bubbly girl who was up for anything and I thought it would be fun to work with her."

DRESSING UP is new to Jenkins, but she was ready to take the plunge.

"I was so down for this. I knew I needed help but I didn't know what to do. I've always been a tomboy. I was a surfer chick," she said of growing up on Kauai. Up until recently, the only footwear she owned were two pairs of rubber slippers.

"I played water polo. I was at the beach all the time. I definitely wasn't girly. My prom dress was from Savers."

On stage, she favored jeans, cut-off T-shirts and trucker hats, whatever was lying around just before a performance.

"That was my look," she said. "It's been my style for a while but I was feeling not so good about it."

On stage, rather than being concerned about forgetting a lyric, she self-consciously worried about things like whether or not her jeans looked OK.

"A lot of my songs are about female empowerment, and as an artist I have to stand behind what I'm singing, so I want to make the effort to feel that confidence."

She didn't even have a circle of female friends who could help.

"I hang around a lot of guys all the time. My band is all guys," she said.

Jenkins' curvy, womanly body added another layer of difficulty to self-dressing.

"For my body, I always had a hard time finding clothes. I'm not a size 2 or 4, like everything at Forever21, and I don't have a lot of money," she said. "It was always depressing to go shopping and face a rack of clothes, and none of it fit right. I think that happens to a lot of girls, so they settle."

THAT CLOTHES matter is reinforced every time one turns on the television or opens a magazine, where photos are often accompanied by a short list of what celebrities are wearing.

"What people don't realize is that all celebrities have stylists who give them an image, dress them, and keep updating their look to keep them current," Malani said.

"You can see the transformation of artists when you turn on the TV. It's super vital to have a memorable style," Jenkins said.

That isn't to suggest she condones a fixation on clothing or material goods, but says that feeling comfortable in what one is wearing goes a long way toward boosting one's spirits, "and maybe you're in a better mood that day and let someone go first in traffic, or leave someone a bigger tip - pay it forward."

For a performer, the right wardrobe amounts to storytelling shorthand, either drawing kindred spirits or warding off those not likely to become fans.

Malani called upon local designers like Hino Tahiti's Aja Makaena and Missing Polynesia's Meilin Vitale Vae, and Tahiti designer Ida Teiti of Tiare Teite, to come up with dresses to play up Jenkins' feminine side.

"Her clothes should always move, nothing stiff, because she's always moving. And on stage, it looks good visually," Malani said.

"The style Ralph is helping me develop tells people what kind of music I play and where I'm from," Jenkins said. "I feel it's my obligation to the people, fans, girls, everyone in Hawaii."

"It's keeping that Hawaii connection in cloth," Malani said. "On the mainland, when people look at her, they see a pretty blond girl with light eyes. She sings contemporary music so they don't know she's from Hawaii, but it's good to show people where she's from.

"It's a conversation starter. It makes people happy to find out she's from Hawaii."

It's the opposite of the look he came up with over the years of working with Raiatea Helm, who dresses in contemporary, Western apparel reflecting her youth. "Because she sings Hawaiian music, I'm not going to put her in Hawaiian wear. That would be the cliche," he said.

These days, when Jenkins walks around, she's surprised by the amount of attention she gets and queries from other women as to where she got her dress or jewelry.

"I'm so surprised, but it's fun and flattering. I wish I had started sooner but I thought I was holding my own."

Nadine Kam, Honolulu Star Advertiser

Jenkins 'still pushing' as She Joins Roots Tour
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It's been quite a busy -- and successful -- year for local singer Anuhea Jenkins. She's already been to the mainland on tour once, attended the annual South by Southwest Music Festival for the second straight year and taken home two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for her self-titled debut album.

Next month she'll hit the road again, this time as the Hawaii representative on the Resin Music Surf Roots Tour 2010 alongside San Diego's Stranger and Australian band Tamarama. Backed by local reggae band the Green, she'll kick things off July 21 at the Roxy in Los Angeles before spending time performing up and down the Southern California coast. After stops in San Francisco on July 30 and Lake Tahoe on July 31, the tour will continue in Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Arizona before wrapping up in Las Vegas on Aug. 15.

"We're still pushing as hard as we can," Jenkins said earlier this week. "I'm going to try and breathe some new life into my originals, and I'm gonna try a couple of covers that I wanted to learn."

Jenkins is on Kauai today to perform at the Green's CD release party; she'll be back on Oahu tomorrow for appearances at a benefit concert in Waimea Valley (7:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and the 50th State Fair (9 to 10 p.m.).
Jason Genegabus, Honolulu Star Advertiser

Anuhea Addresses The Media At the 2011 Pro Bowl
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By: The Associated Press 01/25/11 10:00 PM
The Associated Press
By: AP Photo/Eugene Tanner
Mike Smith, left, head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and head coach of the NFC Pro Bowl team looks on as Hawaii entertainer Anuhea, center, addressess the media during an NFL football news conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 in Honolulu. Anuhea will be the featured halftime entertainer at this year's Pro Bowl. The Goo Goo Dolls, American Idol winner Kris Allen and Hawaiian singer Anuhea will perform at Sunday's Pro Bowl.

The NFL said Tuesday the Goo Goo Dolls will perform live during the pregame show and Allen will sing the national anthem. Anuhea, a native of Maui, will perform during a Hawaiian-themed halftime show.

The NFL's all-star game will be played at Aloha Stadium and televised on Fox.

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