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Spotlight ON! Paul Agar

May 15, 2021 • Addison ChingEntertainment

This month we shine the Spotlight ON! Paul Agar.

Originally from New Zealand, Paul's musical adventures began with several bands including Aloha Baby, a Hawaiian music group with Paul on the steel guitar. The group's website describes the band as "…masters of atmospheric instrumentals and Hawaiian Hapa Haole - evoking an idyllic Island wonderland - The Soundtrack of Hawaii…simply heavenly." Their music is described as consisting of "…hypnotic steel guitar runs, woven around syrupy-sweet crooning vocals in 3 part harmonies driven by the seductive pulse of double bass and ukulele."

Paul's successful music career includes achievements in songwriting, recording, and performing. He has won a number of music awards and has toured most Australian states and territories. He owns the Heaven Recording Studio where he is the studio's house engineer.

Paul recently released an interesting album called "Across the Pacific." According to Trevor Reekie, host of the RNZ (Radio New Zealand) Worlds of Music feature program, Paul's album is "…an instrumental narrative of a journey across the South Seas, from Vanuatu in the west – to the Cook Islands in the east. It's brilliant!"

"Moso's Footprint" is one of the eight selections on the album.

The video can also be seen on YouTube

This feature is a snapshot of the complete tribute that is posted on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase website. See the complete tribute here.

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