This year’s 60th Annual Grammy’s Will be Announced January 28, 2018 – in NYC at Madison Square Gardens, front runner Josh Tatofi’s – Pua Kiele in the Best Regional Roots Album category issure to score big with all of the Grammy voting members, as well as all of his diehard fans. This category is for albums containing at least 51 % playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.
Josh Tatofi has been compared to Luther Vandross and Peabo Bryson, with his rich deep tone that will make anyone become an instant fan. His soulful smoldering notes transcend any historic Hawaiian style music; even though Josh is very traditional, through his music he shows his love for his Polynesian heritage. If you close your eyes and listen to Josh’s music you can feel the Hawaiian trade winds and the sweet smell of plumeria.
No stranger to music, growing up with a famous musician father Tivaini Tatofi, one of the original members of the acclaimed reggae band Kapena. Josh Tatofi paved the way for his ballad driven style, while sticking close to home and close to his Hawaiian roots. His love of R&B soul began when he was at the young age of 10 exposed to all of the Motown greats. When the Grammy’s came calling most of his fans knew that he was destined to be heard on a bigger national stage, and that his voice will be up there with many of the acclaimed past Grammy winners in Josh’s same category and beyond.
In 2016 Josh Tatofi released his first ever-Hawaiian language single, titled Pua Kiele on BuPrint Records, the album of the same name soon followed Pua Kiele. Played on most Hawaiian radio stations –
HawaiianMusicLive.xyz, Hawaiian 105 KINE, KAPA, KPOA, KKCR, and KWXX, and was charted one of the top selling albums in 2016. His first album called “This Love” was released in 2011 to major critical acclaim. Josh has become known as “The Luther Vandross of Hawaii”, it is pretty big shoes to fill, but he is up for the task, consistently expressing his soul through Hawaiian mele.
Always pushing his musical envelope to higher achievements, he is always ready to showcase his range of musical skills by singing many different genres. Josh’s musical abilities are enormous, playing many instruments, bass, guitar, piano, drums, and ukulele, as well as writing and arranging his own music.
In 2017, he won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for the categories of Male Vocalist of the Year and Island Music Album of the Year. 2018 is promised to be an even bigger year, with many concerts scheduled in Hawaii, Japan, Australia, Tonga and New Zealand. Josh has a huge fan base in the Pacific Rim.
Josh Tatofi is a force to be reckoned with, as a first time Grammy nominee once you listen to his music you too will be smitten. At only 26 years young Josh Tatofi is one of the brightest stars we have seen in a very long time!