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Here's why local music artist Irie Love is returning to the spotlight

Courtesy Irie Love

Music artist Irie Love is releasing her first single, "In Another Life," on Friday after taking a five-year hiatus. The Kalaheo High School alum released her first album in 2008. But music wasn’t her first choice. She originally dreamed of playing professional basketball, but an injury ended her career. After releasing that first album, she saw her music career take off.

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Cover art for Irie Love's new single, In Another Life

Her 2012 album "This is Irie Love" featured two singles that surged up the Hawaiian reggae charts. Her star was on the rise. Then in 2017, she announced she was taking a break.

So why would someone with a burgeoning music career step away from the spotlight? Love spoke to The Conversation about personal tragedy, a period of reflection, and her return to the stage.

Irie Love is performing at the Blue Note Hawaii on Friday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Her new single, In Another Life, is available to stream on all major platforms.

This interview aired on The Conversation on July 21, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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