2020 NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD FINALIST FOR CONTEMPORARY ACOUSTIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Duncan Kamakana o na Kuahiwi Osorio, son of famed folk musician and scholar Jonathan Kamakawiwo`ole Osorio, was exposed to a vast array of music from an early age. His father shared his love of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music as well as singer-songwriters like James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt. Duncan would later pair these early influences with a taste for Classic Soul, Blues, and R&B music. This extensive exposure ignited a lifelong love of music and significantly contributed to his unique sound.
Duncan first landed on the national stage as a finalist on season 4 of NBC’s The Voice back in 2014. His rendition of Michael Buble’s Home landed him a spot on the team of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. He would spend the next few years recording and touring before taking the international stage as a contributing composer and performer in the Slovenian Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
While his accomplishments have taken him across the globe, his recordings demonstrate a commitment to local and Hawaiian music. His 2016 debut single, Midnight Stones, would later be nominated for the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for both Song & Single of the Year. Duncan would then follow the success of Midnight Stones with his album D.K. Live at the Atherton, which was recognized as a Na Hoku finalist for Contemporary Acoustic Album of the year in 2020.