An award-winning singer/songwriter, with three albums on Columbia and Epic as well as two more independently released albums to her credit, Pamela Polland has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, John Denver, Manhattan Transfer and a host of others. In 1970, Pamela joined the famed Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell, appearing on the resulting album as well as in the movie. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Helen Reddy, The Byrds, Vicki Carr, Nancy Ames, Anita Carter and Bobby Bare. Pamela has also won numerous awards, including two coveted gold records. Her 1968 Gentle Soul album has reached cult status in the field of "Sunshine Pop", and her 1995 Heart Of The World album still commands an active and appreciative audience. Pamela’s love of Hawaiian music and language and her rich history in contemporary music inevitably coalesced, inspiring her most recent offering - “Hawaiianized.” Carefully choosing popular classics that reflect the spirit of Hawai‘i, Pamela has personalized each song with a Hawaiian flavor - the essence of “aloha”.
Hawaiianized Pop Classics
Over the Rainbow
Over The Rainbow is Pamelaʻs tribute to the late Israel (IZ) Kamakawiwo'ole. Pamela has enjoyed Izʻs beautiful rendition of this song for nearly two decades and wanted to both honor his rendition and expand on it with harmonies and instrumentation. Sam Arlen, the son of the composer of this song, says "This version of my Father's classic composition lifts the spirit while still tugging at the heartstrings to remind us that there is really no place like home. This disc deserves a home in your collection." Enjoy this full band version of Over The Rainbow.
Here Comes the Sun
Here Comes The Sun is a Hawaiianized version of the Beatlesʻ classic welcome to warm, sunny times. Pamela brings a joy and lightness to her vocal performance, and the instrumentation played by John McFee of the Doobie Bros matches her enthusiasm and sweetness. Thereʻs just a touch of Hawaiian language in this rendition of George Harrisonʻs Here Comes The Sun.
You Are So Beautiful
You Are So Beautiful is possibly the most Hawaiian rendition of this charming collection because there is a full verse of Hawaiian language in this Billy Preston love song. Pamela hopes that people all over the world will use her version to pay tribute to their loved ones: spouses, children, grandparents, pets, and even pay tribute to beloved places. Once covered by Joe Cocker, Pamela breathes new life in You Are So Beautiful.
What People Are Saying
"Pamela Polland's new CD is a musically relaxing work of art. The arrangements and vocals are fresh and yet, tip the hat to the original feeling and meaning of the songs. Case in point is Over the Rainbow. This version of my Father's classic composition lifts the spirit while still tugging at the heartstrings to remind us that there is really no place like home. This disc deserves a home in your collection."
Sam Arlen, Son of Harold Arlen, composer of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
I played Hawaiianized over and over and over again while swimming in my pool and I felt like I was in Maui smelling the flowers, feeling the breeze, watching the dolphins, all of it. Pamela is an awesome talent, her voice is the sweetest thing I have ever heard. I mean that!
SH, Santa Cruz, CA
I Love "Hawaiianized". It makes me want to get back to Hawai'i and walk on the beach at sunset with my "Blue Hawaiian" cocktail in hand and watch the sky turn those beautiful colors, and let the waves roll over my toes. Pamela's music just takes one there.
MB, Atlanta, GA
Stand by Me
Stand By Me has truly stood the test of time being incredibly popular with every generation of music lovers since Ben E. King first recorded this song in 1960 shortly after leaving his renowned group The Drifters. John McFee brings his talents to the forefront with slack key guitar, Hawaiian steel and 'ukulele to truly Hawaiianize this rendition of Stand By Me.
Over the Rainbow
Over The Rainbow ('ukulele version) was Pamelaʻs original vision for this song. She wanted to honor the "Iz" Hawaiianization of this internationally renowned standard, and enhance it with three part harmonies. In this version, Pamela is flanked by vocalists Sharon Celani (Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac) and John McFee (Doobie Bros, Clover) and accompanied solely by her own 'ukulele. Enjoy this special version of Over The Rainbow.
Songs can be purchased iTunes and at PamelaPolland.com/music.