12th Annual Metamorphosis Gala Musicians
Written by Verena Kwan

 

 

Jason Arimoto

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Originally from Hawaii, Los Angeles-based Jason Arimoto, also known on YouTube as “facemeltingukulele,” is a featured artist on the Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning album, Abe Lagrimas Jr. and Friends - Solo Ukulele: The King of Pop and is a two-time winner of the Ukulele Underground Award for Best Vocal Performance of the Year. He has attracted a following for his blues ‘ukulele covers and his original music blends his island roots with reggae and blues, with soulful vocals combining with a bluesy ‘ukulele tone. Jason performs weekly at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, California.

Jason is a lead instructor for ‘Ukulele Creations, a comprehensive music program developed together with six-time GRAMMY award winner, Daniel Ho. ‘Ukulele Creations classes are offered in Downtown Los Angeles at U-Space, an ‘ukulele café-school-store in partnership with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine Hadiyat

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Valentine Hidayat, known on YouTube as "heyitsvalentine", began singing in 2009 as a backup vocalist at her home church in Northern California, where she also picked up the guitar and learned a couple simple chords. In winter of 2010, Valentine posted her first YouTube video of Kina Grannis’ song “Valentine”. Music has since become an outlet for Valentine where she can listen to a song, sing, or play the guitar to de-stress after a long day. Since her first video post, Valentine was inspired to continue singing and posting videos by encouragement from her friends and family. In April 2013, Valentine had the opportunity to sing and be featured on an original song called “Take The Sky” produced by Smash Hitta, which she took part in co-writing with two other talented artists, Adien Lewis and Lil Crazed.

Valentine is now currently working on her first single, “Circles", which will be available on her YouTube channel soon - a preview is online now!

 

 

 

 

Leroy Sanchez

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Leroy Sanchez, known on YouTube as "superleroyvv", originally hails from Spain’s rural mountainous Basque region. He is a self-taught musician who has amassed 300,000 subscribers on YouTube with over 35 million video views and counting and has signed a recording contract with Rebel Rock & Interscope Records.

Leroy’s covers vary, from Bonnie Raitt to Rihanna to Frank Ocean to James Morrison, always picked based on whether he felt a personal connection to the music. In early 2010, Grammy-Award winning producer and songwriter Jim Jonsin (“Lollipop” Lil Wayne, “Sweet Dreams” Beyonce, “Whatever You Like” T.I., etc.) found Leroy’s videos and invited the singer to Miami for a week. Jim signed Leroy to his Rebel Rock label shortly after. Now based in Los Angeles, Leroy has been crafting his debut album over the past year with the help of Jonsin, Rico Love (“Sweet Dreams” Beyonce, “Hey Daddy” Nelly, “Without You” David Guetta, etc.), Frank Romano, Finatik & Zac and Jenn Decilveo.