2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards “Single of the Year” for “Molokai On My Mind”
2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards “Most Promising Artist”
Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, singer/songwriter Blayne Asing began playing ʻukulele at age eight; singing in the Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus at age nine; playing guitar at age 14; and playing percussion in the Kamehameha Schools marching, concert, and pep bands at age 12. Although he grew up loving the music of popular Hawai’i artists such as Ernie Cruz, Jr., Brother Noland, Gabby Pahinui, Olomana, Kalapana, Cecilio and Kapono, Country Comfort, and the Kaʻau Crater Boys, his own music is heavily influenced by country and folk music artists such as James Taylor and Jackson Browne.
Blayne Asing is a prolific singer/songwriter. His original songs range from country/folk to Hawaiian and island music, but he also loves performing the music of his favorite Hawaiian legends. He released his debut album “Young, Old Soul” in 2015, which earned him the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaiʻi's GRAMMY® Award) for Most Promising Artist. Of the 10 tracks on the album, six are original songs. Three of the songs from the album are currently in heavy rotation on one of the largest and most popular radio stations in Hawai’i, landing there after the station’s program director happened to hear Asing at a live performance. Radio stations clamored for more, and immediately began playing his latest single, "Molokai On My Mind" upon its release in 2017 which garnered him a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for “Single of the Year.”
Blayne was also prominently featured in Henry Kapono’s Music Foundation Project (HenryKaponoFoundation.org), “The Song’s of C&K” in 2018 on two songs “Railway Stations” and “Friends” which also won a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for “Compilation Album of the Year.”
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In addition to his solo career, Asing has worked with childhood idols such as the late Ernie Cruz, Jr. and as a feature in Henry Kapono’s four part harmony the “Songs of C&K.” He plays guitar for Brother Noland, with whom he performs on a semi-regular basis, and he has been invited to sit in with other award-winning artists such as Kawika Kahiapo, and Mike Kaawa. He has also performed with a variety of other popular artists, including Ian O’Sullivan, The Voice’s Duncan Kamakana (Osorio), and former Pure Heart lead singer and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Jon Yamasato.