Greyson released the single following an eventful year which included an appearance on NBC’s hit show “The Voice” – an appearance that resonated with young musicians, particularly islanders living far from home, who contacted him to say he had inspired them to do things they never thought possible. As an islander living away from home himself, Greyson felt an instant connection to Waiting For Me on the Shore, which evoked both memories of his island home and the excitement of returning there. He wanted to make a video to accompany the song in hopes that it would encourage all people, especially islanders, to embrace their culture, family, and community, particularly in times of hardship and doubt.
The video focuses on a Polynesian man (played by Stephen Seanoa) who has lived away from his island home for many years. Married and a father, life is good, but there are struggles as well. The video shows some of the sacrifices he makes for his family and the conflicts he encounters mentally, physically, spiritually, and culturally, and shows him both at his best and during moments of defeat.
Anaheim Studios’ Daley Hake and Aaron Huisman (best known for his work with superstars Michael Bublé and Josh Grobin) produced the video, which was shot at Anaheim Studios and on the rooftop of Hollywood Audio Lab (Marc Solomon). Dancers from Lokelani's Rhythm of the Islands, Isle Entertainment, and Tupua Productions also appear.
Son of the late Pete Seanoa (a pioneer in Polynesian Entertainment in Southern California), Stephen Seanoa immediately came to mind for the lead role when Greyson first started brainstorming the concept of the video. Just as Greyson is following in his father’s footsteps musically, Seanoa followed in his own father’s footsteps as leader of Tupua Productions, and he was able to portray precisely what most Polynesian men living away from home feel at some point in time. His family joined him in the video, in the rooftop scenes at the end.
The single is available on iTunes . Here is the video: