BIO

 

Maryanne Ito age 33, Samoan/Japanese from Honolulu Hawaii is a soul singer/songwriter/performer likened to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. This independent artist combines a soulful-jazz style with R&B and Hip Hop. 


She is a 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner in Hawaii for Best R&B Album as well as a Vodafone Pacific Music Award Winner in New Zealand for the “Peoples Choice” Best International Artist. 

Her debut album “Waking Up” reached No.4 in the Official UK Soul Chart after only 6 weeks. 


Mother of two, Maryanne writes daily and loves to perform live with a full band or intimate acoustic sets. 

She collaborated Jemere Morgan (from Morgan Heritage) on the popular single “How I Feel” to give it a nice reggae edge. Maryanne continues to captivate listeners with her vocal talent, her adept play on words and her raw emotion that has converted first-time listeners into loyal fans. 


Her first international tour was in European and hosted by Musiconnex UK where she performed with Hollands premier acid-jazz band Tristan at world class venues such as Jazz Cafe London & Bizz’ Art in Paris, Sugar Factory in Amsterdam and more.  


Ito is currently back in the studio in Hawaii working on her 2nd album. 



DJ Reviews...

Charting at #4 the on UK Soul Chart with her debut album this very humble yet award-winning artist is making a major impact with true soul heads. This Hawaiian songstress is a true emerging star...

international soul dj bennie james


Watch this girl blow!!!! Major labels... WHAT THE HELL ARE YOY WAITING FOR?!

soul dj brian Jay - Jazz Soul Funk Radio


I have travelled the world and DJ’d back in day too. When I picked up Maryanne album I was absolutely blown away. Her voice is beautiful and the beats are off the chain. I can't find a bad track on the entire album. This is my top pick for Neo-Soul/R&B category for 2014 and is THE blowout album of the summer. It’s a "MUST HAVE” for any serious music lovers collection. Don't sleep on this one YA'LL.. DJ DonJuan Denver, Colorado...  


You know, i get a ton of new music sent to me every week via e-mail and every social media platform i'm on and to be honest with you, 95% of it is either mediocre or just straight up trash. But then along came Maryanne Ito, a really dope R&B/Neo-Soul artist from Hawaii (!!!), I heard 3 tracks and was sold IMMEDIATELY and copped her album "Waking Up" on CD Baby. Soulful songs with great melodies and production, clearly influenced by Erykah Badu and Jill Scott . If you consider yourself a lover of quality R&B/Neo-Soul, then you really need this in your lives!

DJ SOULCHILD