“I want this video to be a powerful and inspiring platform with a universal message for our time,” said Greyson. “"Waiting For Me on the Shore" encompasses how people living away from their native land may feel homesick and feel the need to reconnect with their core.” The goal for the video is to encourage all people, especially islanders, to embrace their culture, family, and community, especially in times of hardship and doubt. Anaheim Studios’ Daley Hake and Aaron Huisman (best known for his work with superstars Michael Bublé and Josh Grobin) will produce the video.
Greyson released the single following an eventful year which included an appearance on NBC’s hit show “The Voice”. He traveled to Nashville to work with songwriter Chris Gelbuda (Meghan Trainor) who, along with GRAMMY® Award winner Tim Fagan (whose hits include the Colbie Caillat/Jason Mraz duet “Lucky” and John Mayer’s “Deeper”), wrote Waiting For Me on the Shore. The song is striking a chord with islanders now living far from home, evoking both memories of that home and the excitement of returning there. His appearance on “The Voice” also struck a chord with young musicians, who contacted him to say he had inspired them to do things they never thought possible. (One of those he’s been talking with is Joe Tolo, a talented young Samoan-born contestant who made it as far as The Voice’s “knockout round” this season.)
Well-known in Hawai’i as Tini Grey, Greyson first recorded as a member of the popular Polynesian R&B group Reign on their self-titled album (with fellow Reign members Kale Chang, Loa Faimealelei, Afatia Thompson, and Kuhio Yim). Upon moving to Southern California with wife Angela Baraquio Grey (Miss America 2001) and family, Greyson released a solo EP (Better Place, 2011), a full-length, all original solo album (Shades of Grey, released to critical acclaim in 2012), and a Christmas album (Thoughts of Christmas, 2013). In addition to Waiting For Me on the Shore, he recently released another single – a remixed version of his popular song Company from Shades of Grey, sung in both English and Reo Tahiti (the Tahitian language) in a more upbeat tempo.
The Waiting For Me on the Shore kickstarter campaign can be found here.
The Waiting For Me on the Shore single is available on Loa’s website (where you can also listen to the entire song) and on iTunes .