For a man still in his 30s, McCloud has already accomplished more than most people will in a lifetime. Or several lifetimes.
As a performer and recording artist, McCloud’s numerous credits include the Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre, the Honolulu Symphony, and the hugely popular group Reign. He’s opened for the Commodores, Lou Rawls, and 50 Cent. He’s performed and/or recorded with Kuana Torres Kahele, Robi Kahakalau, Ua, Ernie Cruz, Afatia, John Cruz, Mackie Feary, Zanuck Lindsey, Fiji, Pacific Blu, Ilona Irvine, Chant, Kata Maduli, DJ Pratt, the Makaha Sons, Jake Shimabukuro, Justin Young, Henry Kapono, Maila Gibson, Inoa’ole, Kamehameha Schools, Weldon Kekauoha, Red Degree, and many more. And he had a guest role on the premier season of Hawaii Five-0.
A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and UH Mānoa (with a BA in music, with emphasis on Hawaiian music), McCloud began working as a choral assistant for Kamehameha Schools upon graduation from high school (and while attending college) – preparing students to compete in the school’s esteemed annual Song Contest. A year later he added Choral Director of the school’s summer Performing Arts Academy to his busy schedule.
While still attending the University of Hawaiʻi, he began working as a music specialist at Saint Louis School, and upon graduation became a music teacher at Anuenue School - the first full time music teacher hired at a Hawaiian Immersion School. He then worked as the choral director at Saint Louis School, and for five years managed the Mamiya Theater. He was also the choral director of the highly prestigious Honolulu Boy Choir.
2004 was an especially busy year. McCloud not only began work at Tihati Productions as an entertainer, producer, technician, musician, master of ceremonies, and recording engineer (he also performed at the White House for President Obama), he also opened Soul Tree Studios. His role as the owner of Soul Tree also includes record producer; recording engineer; sound, lighting, and stage technician; and vocal coach. As such, he played a large part in the creation of numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning albums, including those by Reign, Afatia, Weldon Kekauoha, Kūpaoa, Waipuna, Nā Palapalai, Mark Yamanaka and more.
His appearance on Pakele Live marks the beginning of yet another new chapter in McCloud’s life – that of a solo performer making the music he has always loved: R&B.