The free-spirited, eclectic sound of Auckland, New Zealand-based artist, vocalist and singer-songwriter Lou’ana (Whitney) is one of unparalleled magic.
Having carved a place for herself within Auckland’s vibrant music community over the past 6 years as a proud, second-generation Samoan New Zealander, Lou’ana’s voice carries the stature of an old soul; a cosmic cocktail of sweet and soulful, with an added gritty, blues edge that references the golden age of Etta James, Emmylou Harris to the rawness of Stevie Nicks and Amy Winehouse. Her heart and soul translates through sound in that unexplainable alchemy that happens when music meets word.
Lou’ana’s first single ‘Eye To Eye’ released in early 2019 received love from a number of online blogs, with Muzic.net.nz praising it as “Warm and sweet like honey, with a maturity and uniqueness which will turn a few heads. Eye To Eye exceeds the boundaries of a five star rating.”. This was followed by yet another showstopper, ‘Move Along’, the video for which was co-directed by Nina Wells and premiered on RNZ. ‘Summer In May’ single released in May sees Lou’ana letting go of earthly worries and cares, and surrendering to the exhilaration of romance in this sun-drenched summertime daydream through both the music and video.