Even if you haven't
grown up surrounded by it, you recognize
the sound. Island Reggae music has come a long way since its beginnings
in the late '80s and early '90s. Its fusing of contemporary Hawaiian
singing style and instrumentation of Jamaican reggae rhythms, Island
Reggae music has become the sound of three Honolulu radio stations and
Hawaii's most profitable music scene.
As a hot contributor of
Hawaiian Reggae music, Three Plus is
currently one of Hawaii's very own favorite bands. Taking the Hawaiian
islands by storm since 1999, Three Plus continues to spin in high
rotation with the local stations in Hawaii, Japan, Guam, and the U.K.
They are a highly energetic group that consist of men that have come
together through their love of sports and solidified with the love of
During their reign in the Hawaii music scene, Three Plus recorded their
first album entitled "Honey Baby." Their project hit the shelves in
September of "99 and after one week of the release, the album topped
the local charts. Their first released song "Don't Have To Think Twice"
went on to set its mark on the National Billboard Charts for 13 weeks
at various positions. For nine straight weeks, 'Honey Baby' was number
one on Hawaii's FM 100's top 10 at 10 during their units sold locally.
Nine months after releasing, they have already sold more than 70,000
copies. Within the year of '99, Three Plus set local record sales by
selling well over approximately 80,000 copies in the music market.
Although their front men are BIG size, hence the band's namesake, It is
no coincidence that Three Plus were chosen to be the only local opening
act for Janet Jackson - 'All For You' 2002 Tour live on HBO at Hawaii's
Aloha Stadium. Three plus has also made various touring appearances
with "Reggae Icons" Third World, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Inner Circle,
Messenjah, and the all so popular Morgan Herritage Band. As noted by
Three Plus' manager/drummer/producer Shawn Pimental, the group was
there at the right place and at the right time.
Soon following thereafter, Three Plus released their second full-length
album, title "3+4U" (For You). With this second project, Three Plus was
on the verge of another island music success. Like the first album,
"For You" is easygoing enough for listeners of all ages and catchy
enough to spark demand. With enough recognition, Three Plus was
nominated for three Na Hoku Hanohano awards, equivalent to a Grammy,
which the award is a very prestigious honor in Hawaiian music industry.
In 2003, Three Plus captured gold by winning Na Hoku Hanohano award for
"Reggae Album of the Year."