Tia Carrere In The Winner's Circle

  • Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho
    Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage.com

The Recording Academy asked a number of 53rd GRAMMY Awards winners to share their thoughts on winning, performing and simply experiencing the excitement of the telecast.

I recently had a get-together at my house to celebrate our GRAMMY win, as well as celebrate Daniel Ho's birthday. It was the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on all the years we have been friends and making music. I even pulled out the old trophy that we won at our local Brown Bags To Stardom contest when we were teenagers. I am awe-struck that here we are, all these many years later, and I am holding two GRAMMY Awards! Not to mention the five that Daniel holds.

When we were growing up in Hawaii we dreamed of music. I never dreamed of an Oscar, I dreamed of a GRAMMY. Now, here we are, making music we love with people we love. Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman, who co-wrote the original Hawaiian lyrics for my album Huana Ke Aloha, is a Ph.D within whom beats the heart of a poet. I went to Amy's house and we sifted through classical pieces that served as the basis for the songs. Amy is so kind and open-hearted that you almost forget how much smarter than you she is. When Daniel and I make our records it is a perfect representation of our lifelong friendship. Our goal is always intimacy and clarity — every note is exposed, every breath and every articulation. We invite you in and want you to feel like we're sitting right in front of you, playing for you. We want to be as close to the listener as possible. Just like you're sitting, visiting with a couple of old friends.

Tia Carrere won the Best Hawaiian Music Album GRAMMY for Huana Ke Aloha at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The album was released on GRAMMY winner Daniel Ho's label Daniel Ho Creations. Ho also co-wrote every song on the album. Carrere picked up the same award at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2009 for 'Ikena.

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