Recommended if You Like
Big Mountain Bob Marley Fiji

Genres You Will Love
Moods: Mood: Upbeat Reggae: Smooth Reggae World: Hawaiian

By Location
United States - Hawaii

Big Mountain MySpace page Kamole Records Website Sell your music everywhere


In 1986, before he had formed his first reggae band, Quino (Joaquin McWhinney) was backpacking his way across the Big Island. He stayed in the close-knit community of Kalapana, and was inspired by the land and the people to write a song called "Kalapana Way" as a tribute.
He soon decided to register for school at the University of Hawai‘i, Hilo campus, but his cousin John convinced him to return to San Diego and create a new band. Quino went home and found his calling as lead singer with the Rainbow Warriors.
Quino later left the Rainbow Warriors to form a new band of Southern California's premier reggae musicians. The group Shiloh released their album "California Reggae" in 1988. Despite a limited release on a small independent label, the album found a loyal audience and a great deal of airplay including regular airplay on several of Hawaii's favorite radio stations. This is somewhat significant given that they were not a local band, and at that time, not signed to a major label.
Shiloh later changed their name to Big Mountain and released their first album, "Wake Up", in 1992. The single "Touch My Light ", a song written by Quino, became the #1 song in Los Angeles that summer and reached #46 on the Billboard charts.
While in the studio working on their next album, the band was approached to record a reggae version of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way" for the soundtrack to the movie "Reality Bites". Also included on Big Mountain's 1994 "Unity" album, the song soared up the charts the world over. The single reached #2 on the U.S. charts and stayed in the top ten in Europe and Japan for months.
With the worldwide success of "Baby I Love Your Way" and the following the release of the 'Unity' album, Big Mountain headlined two consecutive Reggae Sunsplash festivals in Jamaica during massive world tours that crisscrossed Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Their third album "Resistance" was released in 1995, followed by "Free Up" in 1997, "Things to Come" in 1999, "Cool Breeze" in 2002, "New Day" in 2003, and "Versions Undercover" in 2004.
"Mahalo" is his first solo effort.