“One of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.” – Rolling Stone
“in Shimabukuro’s hands, [the ukele] becomes a powerhouse, crossing the boundaries of musical genres and rocking a concert hall with its energy.” – Stanfordartsreview.com
Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro’s performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangement to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ and Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.
While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.
In the years since, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Lyle Lovett – as well as orchestras around the world.
Topping The US Billboard’s World Music Chart numerous times Jake Shimabukuro’s new album, Nashville Sessions, is one of the most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging recordings yet from the man whose music has redefined the ukulele for the 21st century.