Jake's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Atlanta Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Quincy, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

Ukulele Musician/Spokesperson
Self-Employed

“If I can truly be myself, and figure out who I am, and just do that all the time, then I’m going to be the best in everything that I do.”

INTERESTS:

Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Individualism Passion

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

being open, instrument, vessel

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Fell in love with the ukulele at age four; his mother was a ukulele player and singer.
  • First started performing in a local cafe in his hometown of Honolulu, toured with a few local acts.
  • Gained fame when his cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” became one of the first ever “viral” videos on YouTube.
  • In his free time, works as the spokesman for Hawaii Tourism Japan, which markets Hawaii to the Japanese.
  • Also works with Music is Good Medicine, an outreach organization that promotes importance of music in a well-balanced life.
  • Says that his ukulele is “the vessel to bring out [his] true spirit.”
  • Has performed with a wide variety of notable acts, including Bette Midler, Yo-Yo Ma, and Jimmy Buffett.

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