With Four Strings and Fire, Ukulele Instrumentalist Brittni Paiva Brings Hawaii to Americana
When Brittni Paiva was gifted with her first ukulele at age 11 by her grandfather, she had no idea the musical tapestry and magic that would unfold over the next 12 years of her young life. It would lead her from her native homeland, Hilo, Hawaii on the Big Island, to international success, awards and recognition by music industry legends like Tom Scott and Carlos Santana as a one of the most gifted instrumentalists of her or any generation. At 23, her career is only beginning. She has already achieved more than many musicians could possibly dream of in one life time. Over the last decade she has recorded albums with Grammy winning producers and received awards like the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts for Most Promising Artist of the Year in 2005. In 2006, she was nominated for the same award for instrumental album of the year for her second album, Hear.