Hawaiian singer-songwriter Oceana Heartsong has been pursuing a musical career that has huge potential. Here she talks us through her influences, aspirations, and process when it comes to creating beautiful music.
Hailing from humble beginnings on the small Hawaiian island of Kauai, the super talented Oceana Heartsong only recently returned to Hollywood, which is where she now resides.
While she is happy to be back in the studio, immersing herself once again into her various projects, she is grateful that she was able to visit her island home to clear her head and reconnect with nature.
Heartsong reveals that her main musical influence growing up was her father.
“I was always hearing my dad play songs that he had written on the guitar,” she says. “He would play a lot of Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin - all the classics. He played at home a lot and we travelled quite a bit growing up so he would always bring his guitar and play it wherever he went.
“I also listened to a lot of island music growing up, and we didn't have a TV, so I wasn't really immersed in pop culture from young.”
It was in fact only around two years ago that Heartsong got into music, as she originally came out to LA for acting. Following an accident in which she broke her left knee and required surgery, she was immobilised for a number of months, which incidentally marked the start of her musical journey.
“I got really obsessed with music because I basically couldn't move,” Heartsong explains. “So I started learning guitar, watching a bunch of music documentaries and interviews, and soon decided that this is what I want to do.
“Since I got back to Hollywood I’ve been recording a lot; my team and I have really been diving into what is to come, and I feel like I've been writing my most honest and fresh material, which is really exciting for me,” she adds. “So I’ve really just been starting to gameplan what and when to release and how I want to go about it all, and things are good.”