"I am my most complete self when I am opening up to and connecting with an audience." - Nalani

Nalani’s long lasting love of music and its ability to connect people, from the simplest to the most profound levels, can be felt when you are in her presence. Her ability to move you is apparent when you see her both on and off the stage. Nalani will pull you in with classic and contemporary covers, done with a twist. She will touch you with heartfelt ballads in her warm jazzy tone and tease you with sultry, soulful blues; then, she will surprise and inspire you with her playful, thoughtful, sensitive compositions. Nalani’s solo set, consisting of just her voice and upright bass, will make you fall in love with this uniquely and surprisingly satisfying instrumentation. She often brings in guest musicians to enhance and explore the music in new ways, as she values the experience that is created in a collaborative setting. You will delight in the sensitivity of her improvisations and her versatility in these musical conversations. Her development of these skills has come from years of study on and off the stage under great musicians and mentors.

Nalani was whipped into shape while earning her Jazz performance degree in Bass and Vocals at the World Renown Jazz program of William Paterson University. She has studied under the tutelage of Armen Donelian, Marcus McLorien, Harold Maybern, Marguerite Juenneman, Rufus Reid and the late Mulgrew Miller. Throughout the years Nalani has had the honor to perform with and learn from great musicians, such as Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Paquito D’Rivera, Pete Escovito, Kevin Max, Rory Hoffman, Regi Wooten, and Hazel Miller. Today, Nalani makes her living playing and teaching music, in Nashville, TN, and around the country. She serves various touring artists, ranging in style from Pop and R&B to Jazz, Country, and Gospel. In addition to serving as a supportive role, Nalani is involved in multiple self-led projects, including Voda (soul/r&b), Nalani and Rory (jazz), and The Nalani Effect (funk/motown/blues/dance).