Teresa Bright is a consummate artist whose music is often framed in visual terms. The albums Self Portrait and Painted Tradition derive their inspiration from the world of art, and her more recent, Lei Ana, depicts her music within a frame. In another, Ka Pilina, a collage of photos portrays the relationships of the songs. Thus a gallery, a retrospective of her music from the past decade, is both musically and visually a wonderful exhibit.
Bright first performed with bassist Steve Mai‘i in the early ‘80s. The duo known as Steve and Teresa performed contemporary Hawaiian music that captivated audiences in clubs and on the concert circuit. During their six years together they recorded three albums, Catching a Wave, Ocean Blue, and Intimately. Their song “‘Uwehe ‘Ami and Slide” won the Song of the Year at the 1988 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
The award-winning vocalist is universally recognized as one of Hawai’i top singers. Her first solo album Self Portrait released in 1990 was a big hit. The album was awarded Album of the Year, and Bright was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1991 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. Bright followed with Painted Tradition (1994), A Bright Hawaiian Christmas (1995), Quiet Nights (1997), Hawaiinawa (2007), A Christmas Season’s Delight (2000), Lei Ana (2001), A Gallery (2002) A Bright Christmas, (2009), Hers is a voice crystalline, sultry, etheral, powerful, touched with jazz and a multitude of color.
She also has a big following in Japan, where she performs often and has released Quiet Girl and Crossing the Blue on the Pioneer Record label and Pretty Eyes, on the Amuse Entertainment label. Bright has written and recorded multiple commercial jingles for Max Factor, NTT Japan, Sapporo Beer, Toyota and Japan Airlines. She also toured with popular Japanese recording stars Lisa Ono and the jazz group Gontiti. Her beautiful voice and jazz styling captivates her Japanese fans.
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