Taiyo's music gets under your skin like a warm heartbeat. Pure as moonlight, gritty as N.Y.C., brave as a young man standing tall in the face of his own shadows. Paladin, seraph, young sage come-of-age, we welcome your songs into our dangerous, beautiful world.
-Ishle Yi Park
Taiyo tells a story that is both his and his people's, and he tells it well. There's a fearless humility that bleeds through this record. Emotion, but with substance - in a world that sees and hears too much of one without the other.
-Geologic of Blue Scholars
With Love is Growth, the singer/songwriter/MC establishes himself as a multidimensional talent with a unique creative voice that fuses the rhythms of the city that raised him with the soul of the Asian immigrant culture that birthed him.
There's something undeniably soul-rootsy about Taiyo Na. Na's debut album, Love is Growth, is storytelling through music at its finest, with all its fragile and spirited nuances.
-Boston Progress Radio
Love is Growth is soulful, passionate, real. Especially affecting are "Moonlight City," "Lovely to Me" (Hwang's violin is a stand out) and "Take My Breath Away." The layering of styles is unique—a true synthesis of love and dedication. Far more than a poet-singer, this is politics down to the basics.
-Professor John Kuo Wei Tchen
Moving swiftly and easily between so-called “genres,” lapping the hardcore MC, soulman/loverman and poet for the people two times… All hail the young prince.
-Denizen Kane, excerpt from liner notes for Love Is Growth