Born: September 28, 1988 Primary Instrument: Ukulele
At 23 years of age, Brittni Paiva (pi --VAH) is the preeminent female `ukulele player from Hawaii. Affectionately referred to as the `ukulele darling, Brittni is a native of Hilo, on the Big Island. She is a multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist with a prodigious gift who is wholeheartedly embraced by a global audience.
Over the past six years Brittni has self-produced three award-winning CDs. She took home the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist of the Year in 2005 in support of her debut release, Brittni x 3. Her sophomore release, Hear, won `Ukulele Album of the Year in the Hawaii Music Awards, otherwise known as Hawaii’s People’s Choice Awards in 2006. This CD was also nominated for the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year and Favorite Entertainer of the Year. Her third album in as many years, simply titled, Brittni, won `Ukulele Album of the Year in the Hawaii Music Awards in 2007 and was nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts.
2009 marked the launch her fourth CD, Four Strings: The Fire Within in a national campaign. This CD contains upbeat, soulful interpretations of her most passionate work in world music. Charles Michael Brotman, Hawaii’s first Grammy Award recipient, co-produced the album. Burning like an eternal flame, instrumental music is an Old World tradition that has bonded people for centuries illuminating aspects of the human spirit that resonate to a higher truth. “The songs on this CD are my favorites,” Brittni says. “I chose them because they reflect the change in me, showing the increased complexity of my craft. I see music as a canvas and my arrangements are the brush strokes and warm colors that create the picture.”
Brittni is well-known in world music circles with almost two million hits on YouTube. She began her music career at age four trained in classical piano through the Suzuki method. Seven years later, her grandfather gave her an `ukulele, a traditional 4-string Hawaiian folk instrument. For ten years, the `ukulele has been Ms. Paiva’s instrument of choice, though she also plays guitar, bass, piano, and drums.
Brittni performs frequently in Hawaii, and along the Pacific coast of the mainland. She has represented the Big lsand Visitors Bureau in Canada and is expanding her touring schedule to include different regions throughout the United States and the world.
Awards:“Most Promising Artist Award”, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. 2005 `Ukulele Album of the Year for "Hear" Album , Hawaii Music Awards 2006 Best Instrumental Album of the Year Nominee for "Hear" Album, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts 2006 Favorite Entertainer of the Year Nominee, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts 2006 `Ukulele Album of the Year for "Brittni" Album, Hawaii Music Awards 2007 Best Instrumental Album of the Year Nominee for "Brittni" Album, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts 2007 Album of the Year Nominee for "Brittni" Album, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts 2007 Best Instrumental Album of the Year Nominee for "Four Strings: The Fire Withini" Album, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts 2009
“Paiva possess a true jazzwoman’s sensibilities, a keen ear tilted to melodic and improvisational possibilities while keeping a tight rein on rhythm and concord.” -- Mark Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“Brittni brings a whole new spirit to the music and to the instrument.” -- John Schroeter, author of Between the Strings: The Secret Lives of Guitars (quoted in American Profile magazine).