John Cruz
Track: 11 Hi'ilawe
John Cruz is an influential, Grammy-Award winning musician from Oahu, Hawaii. His first album, Acoustic Soul, was released in 1996 and has sold more than 100,000 copies in Hawaii alone. His original song, “Jo Bo’s Night,” was included on the compilation CD Slack Key Guitar Volume 2, which won the first Grammy ever awarded for Hawaiian music.

He was named the Best Singer Songwriter by Hawaii Magazine in 2008. This well-earned reputation became even more solidified when he released his long-awaited second album, One of These Days, in 2007. It debuted firmly at #1 in Hawaii, #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #6 on the Billboard World Chart. The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts gave the CD its highest honor in 2008, by awarding John the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Contemporary Album of the Year. He will release album #3 in early 2012.

“Hi’ilawe” will be heard on an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-0.