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by Kalai

An eclectic view into a young artist's, jawdropping vocal abilities and writing prowess.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Both Sides
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2. On My Mind
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3. Untouched
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4. Divide Me
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5. Shotgun Blues
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6. One Life
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7. It Passed
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Album Notes
1979 to 1998
(Kaniela Ka lei ali’i O’kalani Kala’i December 18, 1979)
Kalai was born in Hawaii and raised in the A.K. Son of a Ke ho alu cowboy and mothered by a good woman with heavy burdens. Ten years of life, most of them spent as an Alaskan, yielded him a wisdom of wilderness and a man’s knowledge of hard times. He later left high school tooling a guitar at sixteen and building a recordable repertoir by age seventeen. The latter half of his adolescence becoming then devoted to the ironic expression of that which was passing him by.

1998 to 2000
Several explorative tangents dictated Kalai’s pace of life for the next few years although music remained a surviving therapy for him. At eighteen he relocated south with the intention of attaining a college degree in entomology. He completed one year of school working as a commercial fly tyer for international fly-fishing outfitters such as L.L. Bean and Cabela’s. He also wrote story-based and “How to” articles for several outdoor life publications such as Rod & Reel and Fly Fisherman.

2000 to 2002
Discovering that the exploitation of his wooded childhood nostalgia brought him no closer to returning to it, Kalai made a conscious decision to pave a career path in music. At twenty-one aided by friend, Sam Cardon, he began production on his professional debut “Acoustacism” on the Treble V Music label (Innovators, Digability, Soulmate, Innovators II). Acoustacism featured drummer Rick Sinese who would later become a regular member of Kalai’s band. Then at twenty-two Kalai returned home to Anchorage, Alaska to construct an in-house studio where he would produce his second album “Six Strings And The Rainy Day Man”, an album on which he would perform all of the instrumentation as well as engineering, mixing, and cover-art.

2002 to 2003
Since Kalai’s first two albums were recorded almost back to back he was unable to perform extensively until his second album was released. He then began to establish his live shows, sometimes playing acoustic but also joining forces with premiere bassist Eric Wallengren (Karizma, Louise Goffen, Poor Arnold). The two performed dozens of vocal/guitar/bass shows together. The duo was then joined by veteran drummer Rick “Sneez” Sinese (Sam Cardon, The Given, Dixie Chicks) adding a third dimension and a sense of foundation for larger shows. While still performing a twenty-three yr. old Kalai began work on his third record “Rebel Hands”.

2003 to 2004
His third Treble V Music release, Rebel Hands, was an undertaking from writing to printing. It became an eight-month, fifteen peice process that used music to bury bad memories and mourn family tragedies. The cover sports a tailored work from accomplished Painter, Graff Artist and Illustrator Ben McPherson. The material explores Kalai’s most intentional lyrics, original compositions, and savvy productions yet.


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Beautiful, eclectic, and talented! The music is so sweet, and it makes you want to sing along, and go to sleep to.


Love it, love it, love it!
I can not get enough of this CD! I love everything about it--his voice, his lyrics, the musical arrangments, the rich beats...Kalai's music is poetic, and full of the rhythm of life. And it's not bogged down by heavy electrical intruments and monotone tunes. His songs give Kalai a chance to let his voice and guitar work their magic. All I can say is GIVE ME MORE!!!!!!


extraordinary! very rad music
this cd is so wonderful! the vocals, lyrics, drumming, and other instrumental elements make this one of my absolute favorite discs. it is relaxing, yet insightful. i would recommend it to anyone, specifically ben harper and james taylor fans.


I've had this CD since the first week it came out, i cant describe how much i love it, though the songs are very calm they make you feel so happy and alive...everyone should own at least one copy of each album!!!
I love you Kalai :)


Amazing artist, ranks right up there with David Wilcox
I am a die hard David Wilcox fan and when I heard Kalai I knew I had to have it. I think that I am now more of a fan of Kalai than of David. Kalai's mastery of the guitar and surreal voice combine perfectly with his meaningful and hearfelt lyrics to create a true masterpiece.


i love kalai the way they write music and the different lyrics!!!
I absolutely love this cd i have kalai's other cd the rainy day man and i wasn't sure i would like this cd as much as i liked the other one but i do! i just love the way that they have such different ways to express their music it is so different than what you normally hear and it is so powerful if you really listen to it. also the guy who sings, his voice is amazzzing i love it!!!


This music is a style all it own and an incredible one at that! Its the shit that never grows old and is timeless music that kicks ass!


I had heard "on my mind" and didn't know who it was. It made such an impression on me that I searched the internet with the few lyrics I could recall exactly until I stumbled across Kalai's name. I liked "on my mind" so much that i bought the cd from cdbaby immediately. The rest of the cd was amazing; it didn't take long for me to get hooked. "divide me" quickly became my 2nd favorite track on the album. A definite must-reccomend to friends.


His best work yet
I heard about him from my nephew, SEAN, who is also a musician. Got his other 2 cds and after haring "Six Strings.." decided to try this one. It is, by far, his best work and I don't want to listen to anything else. I'm addicted!!!!


Once again, Kalai never ceases to amaze me. I wonder if he knows how good he is?
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