“Made In Hawaiʻi”
LELE MUSIC PRODUCTIONS (LMPCD 1011)
David “Chino” Montero, well-known for his beautiful vocals and masterful guitar work as a founding member of the bands Palolo and Manoa Madness, as a member of Amy Hanaialiʻi’s band, and for his contributions to recordings by many of Hawaii's top artists, will release his eagerly-anticipated debut solo album Made In Hawaiʻi on October 14, 2013. Primarily sung in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian language) with a blend of traditional songs (Hiʻilawe, I Kona), beloved favorites, an original song with a jazz feel (Kawena, sung in English), up-tempo songs, and poignant ballads, a broad range of Chino’s skills are featured, both vocally and instrumentally.
Although a humble person who prefers to let his music speak for itself, Chino has long been recognized by fans and fellow musicians as a musical tour de force. His music has been featured on three Grammy®-nominated recordings, and he has performed in many countries world-wide, including Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Tahiti, and across the United States. Cherished highlights include opening for Carlos Santana at venues across Germany; playing the House of Blues in Chicago and Dallas; performing with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center; and playing at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.
In the liner notes for Made In Hawaiʻi, DJ Pratt of the band Kalapana writes: “Explosively wired guitarist Chino Montero shows his extraordinary talents through his multiple styles of Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock, and Hawaiian Slack Key. Chet Atkins comes to mind when listening to Chino's melodic guitar licks along with his fast machine gun type style with the grace of the Hawaiian Slack Key. His falsetto is truly his trade mark stemming from his Hawaiian roots, along with his remarkable guitar playing, which blends into a symphony "Made In Hawaii."
Made in Hawaiʻi was produced Chino Montero, with co-producers Shawn Pimental, Michael Grande, Herb Ohta, Jr. and DJ Pratt. It was recorded at Blue Planet Sound (DJ Pratt, engineer), and Studio Ala Moana (Shawn Pimental and Michael Grande, engineers). In addition to his vocals and guitar work, Chino also played ʻukulele and Tahitian banjo. Musicians who contributed their talents to the project include Nathan Nahinu, Jack Ofoia, Garin Poliahu, Greg Sardinha, and Halehaku Seabury, who also served as Hawaiian language advisor.
The album will be released in both CD and digital format, and will be available at a variety of retail outlets.