Del Beazley, also known as “THE BEAZ,” is a six-time Nä Hökü Hanohano Award-winning singer, songwriter, composer, and arranger.
Coming from a musical family—both his parents and all his siblings have musical talents—Beazley learned to play the ‘ukulele at a very young age from his grandparents. Growing up in Makaha, Beazley was always surrounded by Hawaiian music, and drew influence from artists like The Sunday Mänoa, Gabe Kila, Reggie Berdon, and the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau.
When he was 14, Beazley learned how to play the guitar from Par Cockett, a teacher at Waianae High School who also taught Beazley how to play slack key. Since then, acoustic string instruments like the guitar and the ‘ukulele have been recurring staples of Beazley’s music. They are the instruments with which he feels most comfortable.
Beazley has played with the likes of Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau, Teresa Bright, Sean Na’auao, and the group 3D with fellow musicians Kawika Kahiapo and Dwight Kanae. He has toured in and around Hawai‘i, the mainland West Coast, and Japan, and he is also credited with having written the IZ classic, “Hawaiian Supa Man,” as well as the songs “Johnny Mahoe,” “Men Who Ride Mountains,” “Punani Patrol,” and “Aloha No More.”
In 1989, Beazley and his former partner, Peter Apo, received the Most Promising Artists of the Year award for their album, Apo and Beazley. His first solo album, One For Akua, in 1990, and garnered the Religious Album of the Year award.
His album Night and Day was voted Contemporary album of the Year in 1993 and earned Beazley the honor of Male Vocalist of The Year. A song off the album, “Brown Man Blues,” composed by Beazley, also captured the award for Song of the Year.
All For One is the long-awaited album from award-winning entertainer, first solo album since “True Blue Kua`aina.” The 11-track album was released in late July 2008, and features traditional Hawaiian hymns from the Kawaiaha‘o hymnal. All but one song on the album was recorded in Hawaiian, with the exception of “God Sent An Angel,” an original composition Beazley wrote for his granddaughter, Mikeila. All For One, the culmination of his more than 20 years as an entertainer, was awarded the Religious Album of the Year award at the 2009 Nä Hökü Hanohano awards.
All for One TRACKLIST
1. Lei Maika‘i, Lei O Ka Nani
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