By Roadtrip Nation

Jake Shimabukuro



My road in life has been direct.
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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Ukulele Musician/Spokesperson

I mix island and outside influences, modern and historical, in my ukelele playing.

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