Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake’s life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played.

Jake began his music career in the mid-90’s, performing at local coffee shops as a sideman with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake’s solo career began in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.

In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Lyle Lovett – as well as orchestras around the world. He’s sold out world-class venues, played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference, and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.
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Jake Shimabukuro Discography


EICP-233 Jake Shimabukuro Crosscurrent (Album) Four Strings Productions EICP-233 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
HRDVD-1977, HRCD-1103 Jake Shimabukuro Walking Down Rainhill (Album) Hitch-Hyke Records HRDVD-1977, HRCD-1103 US 2004 Sell This Version
EICP 505-6 Jake Shimabukuro Dragon Sony Music Japan EICP 505-6 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
EICP 573 Jake Shimabukuro Peace, Love & Ukulele(CD, MiniAlbum) Sony Music Japan EICP 573 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
88697018172 Jake Shimabukuro Gently Weeps (Album) Sony Music Japan 88697018172 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
HRCD-1108 Jake Shimabukuro My Life(CD, MiniAlbum, Sli) Hitchhike Records HRCD-1108 2007 Sell This Version
HRCD-1109 Jake Shimabukuro Live(CD) Hitchhike Records HRCD-1109 US 2009 Sell This Version
HRCD-1112 Jake Shimabukuro Peace Love Ukulele(CD, Album) Hitchhike Records HRCD-1112 US 2011 Sell This Version
HRCD 2115 Jake Shimabukuro Grand Ukulele(CD) Hitchhike Records HRCD 2115 US 2012 Sell This Version
EOM-CD-5262 Jake Shimabukuro Travels (Album) Hitchhike Records EOM-CD-5262 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FSCDS-7492 Jake Shimabukuro Ehime Maru (えひめ丸)(CD, Maxi) Four Strings Productions FSCDS-7492 US 2001 Sell This Version


FSCD-7493 Jake Shimabukuro Sunday Morning(CD) Four Strings Productions FSCD-7493 US 2003 Sell This Version

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