Artist Profile - Darrell Labrado
Labrado started recording music at the age of 11. His first
CD single was entitled, “Rhythm of the Rain;”
originally sung by the Cascades. The singles B side was the
Michael Jackson cover tune, “I’ll Be There”.
This CD was produced by Bradley E. Thayne of
Monkeypod Records of Molokai and was released
in 1996. In 1997, Darrell Labrado met present
manager and songwriter/record producer Bobby
Pileggi. In 1998, Darrell recorded two more songs
which were placed on the Monkeypod compilation
CD, “Molokai Now”. They were entitled, “Where
They Stay,” and “Molokai Heaven”. Both songs
written by the songwriting team of 100% pure Hawaiian native,
Sterling Kalua and former NY disc jockey Bobby Pileggi. In
December 1999, Darrell’s first music video, “Where
They Stay,” won the “Best Music Video” award
at the Hawaiian Music Awards.
was also aired on the Hawaiian Airlines in flight entertainment
program. That year marked the
beginning of success for Darrell Labrado’s career as
a young recording artist.
After the success of Darrell’s first project, “Molokai
Now,” the producers at Monkeypod, Bradley E. Thayne
and Bobby Pileggi felt that Darrell was ready to record for
his first full length CD. They called it “Shaka the
Moon,” after the Kalua-Pileggi original. He recorded
it at the age of 13 and the album was released in September
of 1999. “Shaka the Moon” broke all sorts of records
in sales statewide and his signature song “Da Kine”
was his first big hit. In 2000, Darrell Labrado won the “Best
Vocalist” award at the Hawaiian Music Awards and his
CD, “Shaka the Moon” won the “Best Children’s
Album” at the same ceremony that year. He was also a
nominee for “Most Promising Artist” at the politically
indulged, “Na Hoku Hanohano” awards ceremony,
but did not take home this award for that reason alone.
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20, 2003, Darrell Labrado released his second Dance single entitled,
“I Want My Island Girl”. This original upbeat catchy
feel good tune was written by the songwriting team of Chris Pati
and Bobby Pileggi.”. One week later, Darrell
Labrado charted on Billboard again. This time he had beat his musical
record by debuting at #6 on the dance singles charts and #24 on
the Hot 100 singles sales charts. “I Want My Island
Girl” is a precursor to his upcoming third CD release, “Caught
In The Dream,”. Since then, the name of Darrell Labrado has
gained statewide notoriety by representing several youth empowerment
and incentive programs such as D.A.R.E., The Amercian Cancer Society,
M.A.D.D., the YMCA, Positive Connections and Adult Friends For Youth.
As a role model and a teen idol in the state of Hawaii, Darrell
Labrado continues to share his music, his positive encouragement
and his aloha to all that know his name and listen to his music.
Hawaii’s very first DVD/music video single, I Want My Island
Girl featuring Darrrell Labrado, Max Effects and the Hawaiian Island
Gurls. Filmed on location on Oahu and in Hawaii, this groundbreaking
music video truly captures the magic and signature of Aloha only
found on the islands of Hawaii Nei. Recording music since he was
11 years old, Hawaii’s #1 teen idol Darrell Labrado showcases
his musical ability on this very first of a kind visual presentation.
Included on this specially priced DVD single you will also find
a bonus CD disc containing six tracks, including two new remixes
of the song that have been on the Billboard Top 10 Dance Charts
and the Hot 100 Single Sales Charts for over two months.
Just recently back from a two-month promotion in New York, Darrell
Labrado showcased his I Want My Island Girl music video for the
entire staff of Billboard Magazine at the Billboard Café.
Artists who have recently performed at the café include Norah
Jones and Jessica Simpson. The reaction from the Billboard staff
was overwhelming with compliments; setting a precedent for the video’s
success and popularity.
On Tuesday October 21st 2003 statewide and nationwide you can add
Hawaii’s very first DVD music video to your collection for
just $7.99. Produced and directed by Chris Pati, who recently directed
the Michael Damian video Shadows in the Night, and Bobby Pileggi
of Monkeypod and AEG records, this team again sets goals to connect
the music of Hawaii to the mainland. I Want My
Island Girl is by far the best music video from a local artist to
come out of Hawaii yet."
Source - PacificHawaiian.com
Charts Used With Permission