ʻĪ- the supreme; best
Though one’s usual succession from freshman to sophomore takes one year, Natalie’s has taken three and for good reason. In what could be defined as a hiatus was nothing of the sort for this wife and mother of two. If it takes three years before the pungent “pua kenikeni” blooms, than her branches are laden with blossoms. Like her first album, ‘E, a one sylable title meaning different and out of the ordinary, ‘I, which translates to: “best, supreme” offers just that. And it is an offering of herself. Writing and co-writing six of the titles on her newest musical collaboration with her husband and co-producer, Iolani Kamauu, you sense a clear image of her soul. Her voice soars effortlessly along melody lines, taking you to the places she sings about, introducing you to the people she honors, drawing you towards the perfumed flowers she loves. Natalie is joined by some of Hawai’i’s top musicians including Aaron J. Sala, Casey Olsen, Steve Jones, Dave Tucciarone , The Doolah Girls and the duo KuMz. This recording wouldn’t be complete without a duet with her husband Iolani and a few savvy bass lines from her brother, Chad Ai. Produced by Dave Tucciarone, this CD will find its place in your musical collection and in your heart.