Daniel Ho

Biography

Daniel Ho is an accomplished Hawaiian slack key guitarist, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, sound engineer, author, and record company owner. He’s also the winner of six GRAMMY Awards, two Golden Melody Awards (Taiwan), nine Hawaii Music Awards, and three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii). A Honolulu native, he began playing organ and ukulele at an early age, then moved on to classical guitar, piano, bass, drums, and voice. He studied composing, arranging, and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, led the national airplay and Billboard chart-topping contemporary jazz band; Kilauea, and formed his own record company in 1998. Since then, Daniel Ho Creations has released more than 100 albums and published over a dozen music books.

Daniel’s music has been featured on Hawaii Five-O, The Descendants, and Soul Surfer, and he sang the Hawaiian-language cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” in the movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. His solo ukulele CD, “Polani (Pure)”, was the first ukulele album in music history to receive a GRAMMY nomination, and he recently received his fourteenth GRAMMY nomination for the album “Our World In Song”. As a performer, clinician, and author, Daniel’s sincere and enthusiastic style inspires a love of music and creativity in everyone.