Tiana Malone Jennings
Multi-genre acoustic artist Tiana Malone Jennings started her musical journey in Seaside, OR at age 14, after losing a bet with a friend that forced her to join choir. Fortunately, she loved it so much that by junior year she was in 3 different choirs and had joined her first band. Working hard in College to finish her degree, she found herself on an unexpected journey to Hawaii. Living with a mesh of worldly cultures & eclectic musicians who are neighbors to the Volcano Goddess Pele has been a humbling, soul-changing experience, and her heartfelt, straightforward music reflects that.
Off The Grid ~ Bio
A Musical Ohana (Family) is what we’d call the group that formed to become “Off The Grid” from Puna, Hawaii. This is a place where living off grid is very common. You hear phrases like “malama aina”, “solar panels”, and “composting toilet” 😉 People here are survivors! And like it that way! Just now as we sit here and type this the river of lava is just 20 min from the computer. On the other side, the raging waters of the ocean crash back and forth, wild from being untamed in the middle of the Pacific. The most isolated civilization in the world…Hawaii Island. Out of this raw, passion of creative energies comes our medicine through our music. Our hearts and soul in sound! We give thanks for Music and life! I ka pono mea. Aloha no
Recently, Tiana composed the music for the web-series Pele Ma, and won a Big Island music Award for her singles “Rise to The Thoughts” and “To the Sky(Solo Style).” She has opened for Hawaiian artists like Hapa, John Cruz, Syril Pahinui, and John Keawe, and enjoys playing local venues such as Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar, Volcano arts Ctr, and the Palace Theater. On top of performing and recording, she is a voice and music teacher in her spare time.
Ukulele, Vocals, Violin, Bass, and hand drums make the core of ‘Off The Grid’. Soul Reggae Indie Blues. We live off grid deep in the jungles of Hawaii. Solar power, water catch and compost toilet organic living with the lava flowing near makes for interesting musical creations. We are unique! We have Opened for Nahko & Medicine for The People at the Kohala Aina Fest, the Blue Dragon, “where the lava ends” in Kalapana at Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar. Hoku Award Finalist for this year. Hawk Devi and Tiana have set out for smaller adventures to start the momentum going for Off the Grid all over California. They even sat in with the J Jean Band at the Ho’olaulea in down town Hilo. Always moving forward on to the next adventure!
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