AMANDA FRAZIER & THE KEEPERS
We've been playing together since 2009 and won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Alternative Album of the Year in 2014. Our sound is a mix of singer/songwriter, folk, country, alternative and local music. We do mostly originals when you see us play live, and when we do covers, we tend to throw back to our favorites from the past.
AMANDAFRAZIER - vocals, acoustic guitar
Amanda is the lead singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player. Born in Japan but raised in Aiea, Hawaii - Amanda is the oldest of six kids. She didn't dive into songwriting and playing the guitar until college. Singing and performing is her getaway from her full time job as a Property Manager with Cornerstone Properties.
LOPAKAHOLMBERG - lead guitar
Lopaka is the lead guitarist of the band. Lopaka currently resides in Wahiawa where he was born, but grew up in the North Shore. He plays 7 different instruments, has played in over 20 bands, and has been playing music for over 15 years. Lopaka enjoys photography - check out his site -(www.lighttracerphotography.com), art, surfing, movies, traveling, and learning random factoids.
ANDREWFRAZIER - percussion
Andrew is the percussionist - sometimes on the cajon and other times on the full drum set, depending on the type of gig. Andrew is one of Amanda's four younger brothers. Born on Oahu raised in Aiea, Andrew enjoys adventuring in the outdoors, hiking, fishing/diving, and video/card games. He also enjoys anime - his favorite at the time being One Piece.
ERNIEECRAELA - bass
Ernie is the bass player. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Ernie moved to Hawaii when he was a teenager where he now lives in Ewa Beach. He started playing the guitar at age 13 and now his main instrument is the bass. Ernie is a die-hard fan of the Boston Red-Sox.
SEANCHOO - keys
Sean is the keyboard player. Sean's full name is Sean-Joseph Takeo Kahaokalani Choo. When he's not playing music, he also enjoys acting in local plays, and doing improv. He plays several different instruments and enjoys any type of live music. Sean also loves new ideas, theology, movies, and laughter.
Our hearts go out to those in our community, so we use our music as a way of giving back. In 2014, we went another step and decided to shave our heads as a band to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation toward Childhood Cancer Research. Together, with support from friends and family, we raised almost $6,000. Thank you to everyone who reached out. We volunteer our musical services every year, as this is an annual event: http://www.stbaldricks.org
We never imagined winning a Na Hoku Award, especially since we don't do traditional Hawaiian music. It was an honor to accept the award for Alternative Album of the Year in 2014 for our first album, Just Dream which we recorded, engineered and produced on our own. Thank you to the HARA members and local community for believeing in us! We love you so much!