Ron Artis II (ASCAP)

Bill Withers Scholarship, 2022

To say that acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ron Artis II plays music from his heart and soul would be a bit of an understatement. With his family upbringing in Hawaii and incredible early success, you may even say it has been preordained. So how does one of the great musical talents of his generation come seemingly out of nowhere? Well, that part of the mystery is easy to solve. He’s been paradise’s best-kept secret for years and now he’s finally making big waves on the mainland and beyond.

Ron is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Hawaii among an exceptionally musical family. Full band, trio, or solo, Ron has performed and collaborated with Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro, Booker T Jones, Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), and G Love among others. If this wasn’t a rich line-up of names, go spend a few moments reading the lyrics to Ron’s songs. Each song is laced with intention, deep conviction, story, and a heart that has truly been there.

If you’ve been to one of Ron’s shows, then you may have had the immense pleasure of seeing a daughter or two take to the stage with her father. In fact, being on the road is a family affair. With 4 studio albums, 60+ songs, 1000s of flights, 100,000s diapers, and 15 countries, Ron and his family [full band included] continue to live by preparation and faith. Holding each day and person they meet with immense privilege, not to be taken for granted, they look forward to meeting and delighting audiences around the world.