Large and wide, to these gentle voice and a delicate chords before that powerful body - this is Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole could briefly describe. Despite millions of records sold, great respect and admiration he is still considered by many to be kept secret.
1959 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was born on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in a family of musicians. With delicate 15 Lenzen he founded with his brother Skippy the band "The Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau" before he decided nine albums and numerous awards later in 1990 to try his luck as a solo artist. In 1993 published album "Facing Future" made him known beyond the borders of Hawaii addition. In the US alone it sold over one million copies and completely without any marketing and promotional expenses. Especially the touching
"Over The Rainbow" helped him new fans. The cover of Judy Garland in 1939 written songs shows how little it takes to touch lots:
A beautiful melody, inquiry and a musician who has his heart in the right place and with this same pop-bead passionately presents. Israel version of "Over The Rainbow" is a big player in its simplicity and thus becomes an emotional masterpiece.
The song is used since several films (including "Meet Joe Black" or "50 First Dates") as background music, has to date over 2 million sold downloads and adheres since 292 days in the German Amazon Top 100 and for months in the iTunes Top 100th
It was followed by four more exceedingly successful solo albums on which Israel through his singing establish a direct connection to his audience and so more and more people could cast a spell. To include Bette Midler, Adam Sandler, Jim Carey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean Connery, Drew Barrymore, Dean Koontz, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Jon Favreau, Benny Agbayani of the New York Mets, director Martin Brest, the producers John Wells and Lalman King to his famous fans.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole died on 26.6.1997 at just 38 years. Tens of thousands of Hawaiians gave him their last respects and took so from their "gentle giant" farewell.
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