Brittni Paiva

Brittni Paiva

 Hilo, Hawaii, USA

Known for her instrumental dexterity and strength on the ukulele, her repertoire encompasses many eras and variety of genres. From the classical period to the modern, from the Latin rhythms to the fiery csardas, the spin and style of her performance is uniquely Brittni Paiva.


At 21 years of age, Brittni Paiva (pi –VAH) is the preeminent female `ukulele player from Hawaii. Affectionately referred to as the `ukulele darling, Brittni is a native of Hilo, on the Big Island. She is a multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist with a prodigious gift who is wholeheartedly embraced by a global audience.

When she was just 15 years old, Brittni self-produced an award-winning debut recording. Titled, Brittni x 3, her first outing won the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts for Most Promising Artist of the Year in 2005. Everything you hear on this album is Brittni. The title of the 14-track CD emphasizes her deft lyrical abilities on the `ukulele, slack key guitar, and the bass.

Within the next year she produced and released Hear. It’s no surprise her sophomore release won `Ukulele Album of the Year in the Hawaii Music Awards, otherwise known as Hawaii’s People’s Choice Awards in 2006. This CD was also nominated for the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year and Favorite Entertainer of the Year. The 12-track recording features `ukulele and slack key guitar embracing jazz, Hawaiian and Peruvian repertoire.

Simply titled, Brittni, her third self-produced album in as many years won `Ukulele Album of the Year in the Hawaii Music Awards in 2007 and was nominated for two
Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. This CD was symbolic as a coming of age CD for an 18-year old who was seemingly unstoppable performing repertoire from around the world and crossing boundaries over many musical eras on a 4-string instrument.

Her fourth CD, Four Strings: The Fire Within, shares co-production credits with Charles Michael Brotman, Hawaii’s first Grammy Award-winning recipient. Acclaimed Latin guitarist, Johannes Linstead from Toronto is the featured guitarist on one cut, “Hour of the Lamps.” The timeless and universally popular “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” which reclaimed worldwide popularity by the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, is featured, but the lyrical instrumentation is unmistakably Brittni. Carlos Santana’s “Europa” is included alongside a coterie of cover tunes and originals intended to ignite a world audience with Brittni’s fiery passion.

Measured by over one million YouTube hits and over 65,000 Myspace views the world is listening and tuning in to hear Brittni’s influence on world music, classical favorites, and contemporary cover songs. Wherever she appears, Brittni’s audience raves about her performance as the petite 21-year old woman transforms into a world-class player on stage.

Fans from Houston, Texas traveled to California to see her perform and left this message in her extensive online guest book. “We think Brittni is one of the most talented musicians in the world, and we are looking forward to many more albums from this extremely talented young lady.” Another fan wrote, “ [I] loved your rendition of “Europa” [which] brought tears to my eyes. Wonderfully played. I envy you for playing with such feeling and technique.” And another following a different performance said, “I never knew the `ukulele could be played the way Brittni plays it. It is a thrill to hear classical music rendered so well.”

To say that Brittni has lived a blessed and unique life is an understatement. She grew up the older of two siblings within a rich heritage of cultural backgrounds. Her lineage includes Portuguese, Danish, Japanese, and Hawaiian. Brittni and her brother were home schooled and she says it was the best decision her parents made for her as it instilled unwavering self-confidence, and allowed her to develop into her true self. Home schooling allows students to excel in a range of subjects children naturally gravitate toward without the distraction of unavoidable negative behavior and peer pressures in tightly-structured, curriculum-based programs. Brittni’s mother says, if not for the `ukulele, Brittni may well have become a doctor as she could easily breeze through medical journals or factual books on any subject. Her curiosity is an insatiable gift.

Foremost, home schooling allowed Brittni to devote many hours of her day practicing music. Devoting as much as four to six hours each day to practice appears to be the foundation of Brittni’s success. Practice was a pleasurable exploration specifically on the `ukulele which she took with her nearly everywhere. Her mother looks back on that time saying there were days she was forced to redirect Brittni’s attention to do other things, like finishing her school work, completing daily chores, even going outdoors to play. Though very unassuming, Brittni is determined in what she is drawn to achieve with fearless abandon. With a busy schedule as a composer, performing and recording artist, Brittni is pursuing an online Master’s Certificate Program through the esteemed Berklee College of Music.

She was four years old when she began her musical career studying classical pi


Brittni x 3
Four Strings: The Fire Within

Set List

This is about 30 mins:
Take Five
Riding Honolii
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Cruisin on 7