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“Irie Love was terrified to sing in front of people as a kid, but based on the audience reaction, they rather liked it when she did. Irie grew up attending “Surf Church” (as she fondly calls the contemporary Christian surf crowd she was raised among), often singing solos at the encouragement of her mother. However, like most kids, young Irie thought: Mom, you think I’m good at everything. It wasn’t until 1999, when Irie was a student at Kalaheo High School in Kailua, Oahu, that she witnessed her talent for singing take a turn toward potential acclaim. Irie was an avid athlete as a teenager. She spent her Windward days paddling, surfing, playing soccer, volleyball, and basketball.”

“Toes and heels velcroed to the board, dropping into a frothy left. Finding out it’s yours. Finding out it’s not yours. It’s that embracing feeling that everything’s dandy no matter the situation. It’s alright. By definition, it’s irie. Irie Love fell harder for reggae every year visiting Long Beach for the Bob Marley Day festivals with her dad. Growing up on Oahu and writing her own jams, Irie’s talent and free-spirited nature was recognized right away.”

“Isle reggae artist Irie Love among SXSW headliners”

“In addition to President Obama, Hawaii participants include Kailua musician Irie Love, who is a showcasing artist, and the street artists of Pow! Wow! Hawaii. Love is the sole musical artist from Hawaii to be accepted as a SXSW showcasing artist this year. She will headline Friday, and was invited to open for Canadian pop/reggae act Magic on Wednesday. On March 19, she is part of an all-female musical lineup, featuring 2016 Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo. The soulful reggae and R&B singer, songwriter and performer, who was born and grew up in Kailua, lists Steel Pulse, Hawai artist Fiji, Chaka Khan and Lauryn Hill among top influences. Last year, she released two singles, and successfully raised $20,000 on Kickstarter to record a new album, “We Rise,” tentatively planned for release this summer. “It’s exciting to see that the whole ‘island vibe’ has a place in popular music,” she said. “I’m excited to be a spokesman to say”

“Hawaii’s own, Irie Love, ventures into new territory, working with Producers and Co-writers from New York, Los Angeles, Jamaica, London, and Nigeria to create a new sound inspired by artists such as Major Lazor, Jah Cure, Chronixx and Alina Baraz, with her first single, ‘MAHALO’, an homage to removing negativity from one’s life and how every experience can play a positive role in forming who we are, appropriately released on Thanksgiving day. The song will also be featured on her upcoming sophomore album which will be entitled ‘We Rise’, for which she successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign, raising $21,000 from her supporters. Her new music is definitely a huge leap sonically from what we heard on her debut album ‘This Is Irie Love’, which was released in October of 2012.”

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