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May 19, 2018
STEF MARIANI HONORED WITH ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR HŌKŪ AWARD
SINGER-SONGWRITER TO PERFORM ON KHON-TV TUESDAY
(Honolulu, Hawai‘i) — Stef Mariani has won the 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Alternative Album of the Year for her album, “Stay Gold.” She was also a finalist for Female Vocalist of the Year. She performed the title track as part of a medley with fellow finalists Pat Simmons Jr. and Sandy Essman during the show that was broadcast statewide on KFVE-TV and live-streamed around the globe via the station’s website.
“This is such an incredible honor. It is so humbling to be among the fantastically talented artists that won this year,” Mariani said.
Stef Mariani will perform on “Living808” Tuesday during the show’s annual Music Week, which is focused on Nā Hōkū Hanohano nominees and winners. Tune in or set
your DVR: “Living808” airs on KHON-TV at 4 p.m. Tuesday and repeats at 9 p.m. on Hawai’i’s CW (Hawaiian Telcom Ch. 2, Spectrum Ch. 93).
She was recently the headlining performer at “Pakele Live,” staged at The Willows restaurant in Honolulu. An edited version of her performance will soon be shown on Spectrum OC16. For more information: https://shows.oc16.tv/show/pakele-live/
For contributing to the foundation her musical family built, Mariani cited Grammy Award- and Hōkū-Award-winning Dave Tucciarone, who produced “Stay Gold,” and 2015 Grammy Award-winning composer Wouter Kellerman.
“Stef, she’s so genuine she really loves what she does and she puts her whole body and soul into it. It’s a full-body experience for her and it comes from her soul, it comes from within,” Tucciarone said.
To Kellerman, Mariani is something of a kindred spirit. “I think spreading the good energy is what she’s about, and that’s what I’m about as well. That’s why I want to tell the story with the music. A positive story, an inspiring story, that’s what I get from her music,” Kellerman said.
Her previous albums, “This Wave” and “Colour My Soul,” also have been Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards finalists. Stef is also a three-time winner at the Big Island Music Awards.
About Stef Mariani
Born into a musical family in California, and with brothers who are also singers and songwriters, Stef Mariani is a voting member of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts as well as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Her mother, a 1970s-era folk singer and performer, is a foundational part of her background, but Stef’s inspiration flows from Hawai‘i. She performs regularly at venues around Hawai‘i including Boardriders in Kailua and OnStage Drinks & Grinds. Her music can be heard, seen and enjoyed online via her website and her YouTube Channel, https://staygoldhawaii.com/ and http://bit.ly/StefMariani_YT , respectively.
About the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards
The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards originated in 1978 at KCCN-AM 1420 radio, then the world’s only all-Hawaiian music radio station. The nonprofit Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts was later formed to oversee and bestow the awards and to help promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music and the recording industry in the state of Hawai‘i.
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