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MP3 Emerald House - Take Two

Real American music centered around vocals and acoustic guitar, superb songwriting and mixtures of jazz, pop, light rock and country that work (think James Taylor meets Dave Matthews with a touch of Steely Dan).

13 MP3 Songs
POP: Folky Pop, JAZZ: Smooth Jazz

Okay, folks, I''ll make you a deal.

Buy the CD. Bring it with you on your next trip to Hawaii, and you can take your pick:

1. I''ll take you on a day hike up into our gorgeous Koolau mountain range or around the stunning seaside pali (cliffs) by Makapuu or any number of way cool places in paradise. A bunch of us have been doing this every Thursday for over four years and one of my songs, "High Places" talks about our group, the Off The Chart Hike Club.

2. I''ll give you a windsurfing lesson (I''m pretty darn good at it). The next album will probably include a windsurfing song.

3. I''ll sing you a song (or two or ten) at one of our gigs.

I probably won''t become a platinum-selling artist through CD Baby, but this is a cool way to make some friends beginning with my music. I hope you''re one of them.

By the way, check out our little website. I''m a trivia nut...we even employ trivia in our live shows...and our site has questions and infoI change ''bout every week.

Thanks for reading this far...now for the traditional stuff!

Kelly Villaverde was born and raised in Hawai''i and has been a professional musician for over 20 years. Before coming home to stay in 1986, Kelly spent some time in the midwest, basing himself in Kansas City, Missouri and performing in many of the area''s major hotels and resorts. Since his return to the islands, he has performed live with the Na Hoku Award-winning group Na Leo Pilimehana, Waikiki mainstays The Ebb Tides, Ben Vegas, several performers from the Legends Show and as a solo artist at John Richards Restaurant, The Plaza Club, Steck''s at Kahala Mall and in many of the Waikiki hotels.

Kelly has been influenced by various artists and his eclectic work reflects it. However, some of his favorites include James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, the Eagles, Robben Ford, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, the Rolling Stones, Take 6, CSN and Sheryl Crow. His music is melodic and driven by the acoustic guitar with healthy doses of vocal harmony.

Monika Nabarrete was also born and raised in Hawai''i and in short order has made quite a name for herself in the local music industry. While attending Kaimuki High School, she took part in and won their Brown Bags To Stardom Contest. She has jammed with several acts both in Hawai''i and in the mainland. Her unique voice is unforgettable.

Monika has been an active recording artist. She first recorded with Bruddah Waltah on the Surf Sessions compilation disc. On that same CD, she performed with the group, Angel, and was featured on a cool, contemporary reading of the Kui Lee classic, I''ll Remember You. She also recorded a Christmas session with Bruddah Waltah on the 1998 holiday release, Island Style Christmas, Vol. II.

In the recording field, Kelly is affiliated with Tropical Jam Productions, whose recording credits include Andy Bumatai, Richard Natto, Augie Tulba, Paul Ogata and TomaNatto. He contributed heavily to the multiple Na Hoku Award-winning, international release by Na Leo Pilimehana, "Flying With Angels" by performing on the title track and several others, including his original composition, "Still Yours", a Top Five At Five tune on KCCN FM 100 while assisting with arrangements for several songs on the CD. He also produced Slender Line Of Lavender by Kim Char Meredith and the debut album for Loco Spice.

In 1996, Emerald House released their self-titled debut album. The Emerald House version of "Still Yours" received regular airplay for over a year on KINE FM 105. Another original composition, "On The Windward Side" appears on the Home Grown ''97 CD and is currently receiving airplay on KRTR FM 96 (Krater)and it''s affiliated stations on the outer islands, including KNUI on Maui.

Emerald House has appeared at various private functions in Hawai''i and on several local broadcasts, including the KITV Morning Show with Tiny Tadani, the KGMB Morning Show with Stacy Loe, and the Perry and Price Hanohano Room Show. Live, they can be found on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Chart House in Waikiki, Wednesday nights at Planet Hollywood in Waikiki and on Friday nights at Eastside Grill in Puck''s Alley.

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