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Press release – Pacific Music Awards

Iconic Samoan singer-songwriter Fa’anana Jerome Gray will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Pacific Music Awards in August.

Pacific Music Awards Live Event Returns August 4, Tickets Available

Iconic Samoan singer-songwriter Fa’anana Jerome Gray will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Pacific Music Awards in August.

Grey’s signature song “We Are Samoa” became the country’s unofficial anthem, written while Gray was homesick while traveling through Alaska in the late 1970s.

The song sent shockwaves through the industry and propelled Gray to stardom, including performing for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Congress in 1980.

Prior to this, Gray worked with fellow musicians Seminary Uesele and Harry Sinapi, recording as a trio known as Samoan Three.

Formed in 1971, the Samoan Three have covered contemporary songs from artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis.

The band was notable for its cultural versatility, singing songs in a variety of languages, including Spanish, Latin, Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Fijian.

True to the music of the Pacific, Grey’s impact and legacy are felt across the culture. His unique style pushed boundaries and broke through an invisible barrier of what was traditional musical composition and entertainment across the Pacific at that time.

New Pacific artists like Sol3 Mio, The Katinas, Lapi Mariner, Jamoa Jam and Kapono Beamer were inspired by his work, many of them recording covers of his original compositions.

In 2021, he was named Polynesian Artist of the Decade by the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma, Washington.

Pacific Music Awards Trust Spokesperson Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua said, “Fa’anana Jerome Gray continues our musical tradition Te Moana Niu A Kiwa South Pacific for our generation of Pacific urban migration diaspora for thousands of Samoans born around the world away from our beloved Samoa.

“Jerome provided us with a Samoan musical compass connecting us to our Alofa of being Samoan, our Alofa for Samoa and our Alofa for Atua God Tupuaga ancestors showing us the way back.

“Fa’anana embodies this composer from the Pacific who tells our Pacific stories in music, the story of Tala Fa’asolopito, our trip to Malaga and our Tauivi struggles. He tells of his love for Samoa, his love for the people of Samoa and in return we Samoans everywhere sing his song Pese in unison ‘We Are Samoa’.

“The Pacific Music Awards Trust humbly announces that Fa’anana Jerome Gray is the Lifetime Achievement Recipient from the Manukau Institute of Technology. Fa’avae i le Atua Samoa.

Grey’s legacy will be celebrated at the Pacific Music Awards in August, with a special tribute performance created to honor his impact on the Pacific music scene.

Tickets available for the 2022 Pacific Music Awards

After a difficult two years for awards, artists and the industry, the Pacific Music Awards returns to a live awards event – on Thursday 4 August at the Vodafone Events Center in Manukau, Auckland.

Along with the awards show, there will be live performances from House of Misfits, Kings, Mo. Etc, Sam V, SWIDT and Tomorrow People.

Tickets are $25 and are available on the Eventfinda website.

Announcing the new Creative New Zealand Award

The Pacific Music Awards Trust is delighted to announce a new partnership with Creative New Zealand, to support Pacific artists, by introducing the Creative New Zealand Award to the Pacific Music Awards.

The award is part of Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Strategy 2018-2023 and the winner will be announced at the 2022 Pacific Music Awards.

New sponsor for the Best Producer category

The Trust also welcomes new sponsors, the Music Producers Guild NZ Aotearoa (MPG) and the SAE Institute (SAE), for the Best Producer award.

MPG and SAE are offering a prize to the winner of the award and will work with the Pacific Music Awards Trust to provide support to producers.

Kings and Pacific Music Awards Trust team up to support independent artists

The Trust is also working with local artist Kings (founder and CEO of Arch Angel Records) to introduce support for independent artists. Arch Angel Records will present the ‘Arch Angel Independent Music Award’.

CEO Kings says, “Arch Angel Records recognizes the incredible work the Pacific Music Awards has done within the music industry and would like to be part of celebrating and honoring the vast amounts of talent within the community. of the Pacific.

About the Pacific Music Awards:
In 2004, the Pacific Music Awards Committee (PMAC) was formed to realize a vision and the first Pacific Music Awards debuted at Pasifika Festival in March 2005. Encouraged by the success of the awards, PMAC set out to develop an annual event as a major highlight of the New Zealand music industry calendar. The Awards Committee has formed a Charitable Trust to organize and host the Awards, and is driven by a simple central goal: to create and manage an event that recognizes the success of Pacific artists, celebrates and promotes excellence in Pacific music. and encourages young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement.

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