Biographies

Merika

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Merika Hunter
Merika was raised in a musical family, singing harmonies at the age of three. By five, she was singing music festivals throughout North America. She placed as a finalist in the 1996 Canadian National Exhibition Rising Star Contest and performed at the prestigious Reggae on the River Festival in 2001

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Scott Baird

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Scott was born in London, England and studied music in Northern Vancouver Canada at Cappalano school music. He has made his home on Maui, Hawaii. He is the band leader and musical director of Maui’s most versatile band, Legend. He has been the lead guitarist and lead vocalist for this band for over 10 years.  Scott is the songwriter and producer for the albums Legalize Happiness and Island Girls, which have produced seven top hits in Hawaii. He has recorded with Ginger Baker of Crème, members of the Bryan Adams band, members of the George Michael’s band. He has shared the stage with Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson, The Black Eyed Peas, The Wailing Souls, Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Brothers, Los Lobos, Junior Gong, Ziggy Marley, Diana King, Bennie Man, Toots and the Maytals, Pat Travers, members of Loverboy, members of BTO, members of Wild Cherry.  Scott attracts a wide audience and has been known to play with local famous artists such as: Fiji, Kapenna, Ten Feet, and Willie K. Other performers such as Prince, George Benson, Sheryl Crow, Randy Meisiner, Stevie Nicks, and Clint Eastwood have traveled in to hear this talented artist at work. Scotts has played in Canada, Mexico, the South Pacific, and the West Coast of the United States. He has been studying music since the age of ten. His music has reached over 250,000 people.

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Nara Boone

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Raised on the island of Maui, Nara began her vocal career at fourteen, singing back-up in a local reggae band. Attending Scripps College in Claremont, CA she excelled in Classical, Gospel, Chamber music and Negro Spirituals while furthering her studies outside the classroom singing Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop. Able to sing in eight different languages with a 3+ octave range, Nara is currently featured as lead vocalist in Maui's award winning theatrical production 'Ulalena. She has studied with world renowned vocal coach and originator of the Speech Level Singing (SLS) technique Seth Riggs whose clients include Grammy Award Winners Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole and Josh Groban, to name a few. Continuous SLS training over the last six years has increased Nara's vocal range, flexibility and stamina, aiding her greatly in her vigorous performance schedule. She has opened for numerous reggae artists including Steel Pulse, Yellowman, Eek-a-Mouse and Mikey Dread on Maui and the famous Wailers at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Nara has recorded both lead and backing vocals for artists from Hawaii, California, Canada and West Africa totaling over fifteen records at the present time.

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Rick Bodinus

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Rick grew up a Tahitian drummer on Maui, Hawaii whose career has spanned over 27 years. He studied at The Grove School of Music in Hollywood, CA, well known for its Jazz Composition program. Rick has toured extensively throughout Asia. A few famous artists he has played with are: Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, and Eddie Vedder. Rick’s influences range from John Coltrane to John Bonham. He is truly a dedicated and talented musician.

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Franklin Russell

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Born: 1/23/56 Kansas City Kansas. "My musical training started at an early age with piano lessons from my mother who was a music teacher. I took up trumpet with the school music program in Arbor Heights Jr. High school in Omaha Nebraska. I started playing keyboards at 15 with a local rock band. I began writing and recording original music. I studied trumpet at the University of Nebraska with Denny Schieder 16-17 years. I also studied trumpet with Ricky Anderson. I had classical piano lessons during that period. At West Side High School I played in the concert band and jazz band as well as the marching band. In high school I studied with Tommy Newsom and Doc Severenson at two seminars.
I played keyboards and trumpet in a Omaha jazz - rock band in high school.

After graduation from Westside High I moved to Kansas City to play in the jazz fusion band Hot Foot and Justus. In Kansas City I completed a two year course of study in jazz theory at the John Elliot School of music. I went to the University of Missouri at Kansas City and took general courses of study with a major in communications. I also studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute.

After remodeling our home in Kansas City I moved to Hawaii in 1981. I started playing music on Maui in 1982 in the band Mover and Steve Grimes. I worked as a mechanic and carpenter. I played with Willy Nelson with Middle John in the Band the Boosters in 1987. I began to sell and install solar electric systems in 1988. In 1988 I worked with the Good Strokes Blues Band with Bobby Ingram and Tommy Hall.

In 1990 I began playing with and producing photography and music recordings for Marty Dread and Culture Shock. I played with Steven Stills and Berry Flanigan in 1992. I worked with Jimmy Mac in Mac's Maniacs and the Cool Kats. I worked with Tim O'hara and Espresso as well as the Country Knights band. In 2001 I began working with Crazy Fingers. I also sell and install Uni-Solar photovoltaic roofing products."

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Daniel Deluney

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Happiness production provides: PA Rentals, DJ, Live Band, Jazz Trios, Contemporary Duos & Hawaiian Solos For all functions, conventions, weddings & parties ON MAUI

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Location Maui
Hawaii
96761
United States of America
Band Details

Lead Singer: Scott Baird
Singer Backup: Nara Boon
Drummer: Rick Bodinus
Keyboard: Franklin Russell