Jake Kongaika - CubworldJake Kongaika grew-up in the South Pacific heavily influenced by local island traditions and the rich musical cultures of Tonga, Samoa, and Hawaii. The melodic harmonies of the South Pacific were introduced to Jake at an early age by his father who sang the old Tongan songs to his children and inspired a lifelong passion for music and ignited Jake’s innate, natural ability. During his youth, Jake picked up the nickname “Cub” which later became “Cubworld” as an expression of his own world view on life.

Cubworld received his first Martin guitar during his freshman year in college from his sister. He had no idea at the time that the guitar would help him find his own “voice” and release his inner most thoughts and feelings. Cubworld’s songs are about his sons, his wife, his morals, family, music, and the other loves and passions in his life.

Cubworld is inspired by his older brother Joel Kongaika, Jack Johnson, Coldplay, Bob Marley, Dave Mathews, Ben Harper, and Oasis. His debut album, Step Lightly Create Out Loud, is a musical journey into Cubworld’s life, experiencing a broad range of songs from soulful ballads and upbeat ska-inspired rhythms to modern, Indie-rock songs that are sure to inspire. Step Lightly Create Out Loud was not only the creative result of Cubworld but also the result of 686 fans from 44 different countries who invested in Cubworld, helping him raise $50,000 in 4 months for a recording contract, making him the first U.S. crowd funded artist in 2006. He has since crowd funded two albums.

Jake Kongaika is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is married and currently lives in Lehi, Utah. He is a member of the Class of 2006 of BYU-Hawaii and a 1999 graduate of Kahuku High School, also in Hawaii.

You can listen to Cubworld on iTunes and Cub World Music.

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