HonorYourself #HonorOthers #HonorThePlanet. Haikaa radiates these messages and more through her powerful music. The international pop singer/songwriter hails from Brazil, Japan, and the U.S. Her multicultural background blends seamlessly to create songs with universal themes, sung with a luminous voice full of emotion, honesty, and grace.
Her album, Work of Art, features songs by Haikaa and songwriting partner, Mercuri. Producers Ross Leitner and Michael Bradley lend their expertise to develop songs artfully deployed through rich melodies, rhythmic beats, and lush vocals. The album speaks about love, empowerment, the search for genuine happiness, and the courage to change and break paradigms. Pulling from her past and guided by love, Haikaa sings about her own truths and experiences in an authentic way that reveals itself through her voice, melody, and lyrics. She channels light through her timeless and refreshing music with a voice of striking purity that bares an exquisite soul.
The title track, Work of Art, speaks of self-acceptance and the tolerance, diversity, and harmony it can lead to. Haikaa also promotes these cross cultural ideas through her humanitarian effort, The Work of Art Global Project, where she masterfully records the title track in 20 languages. Listeners can view the project’s video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F3ph9QPCb8
or on her website www.haikaa.com
Haikaa’s musical journey began in Japan when Sony Music discovered her as a teen. She performed and toured in a girl band, and through this experience she heard her musical calling. She also started songwriting and realized the liberation it brought to her. While influenced by Kate Bush and The Renaissance for the way their voices merged into their music, Haikaa developed her own songwriting style and vocal technique through hard work and perseverance. She studied classical music, Japanese folk-singing, bossa nova, and pop. She also started speech therapy to fine-tune her vocal and hearing instruments. This combination of vocal training and speech therapy is the basis for her ability to hear and reproduce sounds in varying languages.
In addition to performing at various events around the world, Haikaa’s global outlook and passion for music led her to create and participate in many environmental and educational efforts. All these initiatives fit into a concept she calls “Work of Art” (WOA), ie, honor yourself, honor others, honor the planet. Haikaa says “I believe real and lasting change begins inside. It’s very difficult to imagine that a person who is unable to respect him/herself - all flaws included - will be able to truly respect others, let alone the planet.” In March 2013, Haikaa released her single “Turn On The Dark” which establishes a parallel between the importance of introspection for our soul and natural light for the preservation of nocturnal wildlife http://www.reverbnation.com/haikaa/song/20351902-turn-on-the-dark
To further expand on some of these ideas, Haikaa also published her thought-provoking book “What is Diversity?” where she discusses issues ranging from sexuality to health, democracy to ethics, and environment to consumption from the perspective of diversity.