Pat Simmons Jr. performs songs from his debut album This Mountain on Good Morning Hawaii with Maleko McDonnell.
QUESTION 1. CONGRATULATIONS! WE UNDERSTAND YOU ARE A FIRST TIME NOMINEE AND IN TWO CATEGORIES, IN THIS YEAR'S ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS?
ANSWER: Yes, I am honored to be nominated for EP (Extended Play) Of The Year with my debut album called "This Mountain," as well as nominated in the Most Promising Artist category.
QUESTION 2. TELL US ABOUT YOUR MUSIC STYLE AND WHO WORKED ON THE NEW ALBUM WITH YOU?
ANSWER: I'm an island-inspired folk singer blending several musical styles together. I am also grateful to have my Dad, Pat Simmons Sr. who is a founding member of The Doobie Brothers, produce the album with me, as well as fellow musicians including Keali'i Reichel (who chants on "Mauna Mele"), and Willie K., among others.
QUESTION 3. WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE CANCER SURVIVOR. HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?
ANSWER: I have been cancer free for four years now and live on a farm on the North Shore of Maui. Part of my recovery has included more natural care with organic food and Chinese/herbal medicine. I actually wrote many of the songs on the album while in recovery and hope to inspire others through my own health journey and my music.