"Rise and Shine" is a call to action. Get up, face your challenges and create your own opportunities.
As a life long musician, Alx viewed his move from O`ahu to Los Angeles as a veritable right of passage. He knew he had to take a chance, face the unknown and suffer failure before any success would come his way. Alx understood that to develop his skills, he had to spread his wings.
While living in LA, Alx set a clear goal - to record this, his first solo album. He met and ultimately collaborated with some of the most talented in the industry. The resulting collection of songs is about life, love and fun - often recalling the struggles, stumbles and victories encountered along the way.
"Count From Ten" invokes your young and fun memories. "Smile", written for a true love, is a song of promise. And, while the broken heart in "I Won't Wait" avows to take a step back before moving on, "Fireknife" is simply a beach party on O`ahu.
"In Your Life" good things only come from taking chances. So, remember to get up and live your life...Make that change, take that chance, trust in yourself.
"Rise and Shine"
released August 9, 2016
Executive Producer: ASFI Music
Producers: Alx Kawakami, Eric Berdon
Engineers: Alx Kawakami, Eric Berdon, Milan Bertosa
Engineer Assistant: Chae Choe
Mixed By: Eric Berdon
Mastering: Eric Boulanger, The Bakery
Photography: Ric Noyle
Avocado Tree Studios, HI
Diriculous Music, CA
Island Sound Studios, HI
Management: Howard Rosen Promotion
P.O. Box 61279 Honolulu, HI 96839
Backing Vocals: Nick Kawakami
Guitar: Tim Pierce (Tracks IWW, CYE, OSOL,)
Bass: Mark Tanouye (Track 9), Lance Morrison (Track 2)
Drums: Seann Carroll (Track 9), Randy Cooke (Track 2)
Strings: Stephen Lu (Track 3)
Alx plays KoAloha Ukulele and Larrivee Guitars