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.
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“… [Brittni is] recognized as the finest female ukulele player in Hawaii.”
- Woodrow Wilkins, AllAboutJazz.com
“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).