Irie Love (her birth-given name) (born on July 7, 1982 in Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii) is a Hawaiian R&B Reggae singer and songwriter. She first gained notice as one of the finalists on the "Brown Bags to Stardom" competition in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1999. She was signed by John Iervolino (one of the judges in the competition) onto his record label, Quiet Storm Records. She was featured as the only new artist on his world music compilation entitled Roots Music Volume 2: Private Beach Party for which they used her likeness to promote the album.
In 2000 she moved to Los Angeles, California to study Music and Business at Azusa Pacific University. In 2002 she booked a tour as a back-up singer for the artist Pink. She continued as a back-up singer for the next three years singing for such artists as Dave Hollister and Chaka Khan. In 2006 she moved to Kingston, Jamaica to pursue a solo career in reggae music. She became one of the twelve finalists in the Irie FM Red Stripe Big Break Competition touring around the country performing to thousands while also being featured widely in the local radio and media.
Love was introduced to the reggae group Morgan Heritage at the East Fest in St. Thomas, Jamaica in December 2006. In April 2007, Morgan Heritage signed Irie Love to their production company Gedion Music. She immediately began touring the world as their opening act alongside their younger brother Laza. She also sang backup for Morgan Heritage touring the United States, the Caribbean, central and South America, Africa, Europe and the UK. In October 2008, Love released her first EP entitled Ehiku; on October 18, 2008 and threw a launch party for the EP in Waikiki, Hawaii. In January 2009, she released her 1st international album in Japan entitled "The Life of Love". Irie Love has also been featured on several compilation albums such as The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2008 and Coconut Island Vol.1 and Unseen Famili Compilation Vol.1, all of which are available on iTunes.
Love is currently living between Hawaii, Los Angeles and London performing and recording with her mentor Salaam Remi, Lee Francis, Fiji and several other producers for her Hawaiian Reggae album for 2012. Her singles ?It Is Wut It Is? featuring Fiji and ?My Love?, from her upcoming 2012 album, have both charted at #1 in the Hawaiian Reggae Charts. Her single ?It Is Wut It Is? featuring Fiji is also currently featured on Hawaiian Airlines inflight entertainment.
Irie Love (Vocals)