Bio

    4X Winner of Hawaii’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Jazz Album of the Year

Maggie Herron’s 2020 release, YOUR REFRAIN, is a dedication to her daughter and writing partner, Dawn Herron, who tragically passed away April 5, 2020. The album features 7 of the mother/daughter’s collaborations and has three nominations for the 2021 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award: Jazz Album Of The Year, Female Vocalist Of The Year and Song Of The Year for the title track.

The string arrangement for the title track, YOUR REFRAIN, was written and performed by Duane Padilla. Players on the album include Jazz pianist-Larry Goldings, Saxophonist-Bob Sheppard, David Enos-bass and John Ferraro-drums. Bill Cunliffe-pianist, arranged and performed on Touch, with Jim Chiodini on guitar. In Case Of Love was  arranged by Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot. Dean Taba-bassist, joins Maggie on piano and vocals with 2 cover songs, God Bless The Child and Both Sides Now. The album is available on all listening platforms.

Maggie Herron’s 2019 album, RENDITIONS  is the winner of the 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award, for Jazz Album Of The Year. On piano and vocals, Maggie delves into the Popular Music Canon with Renditions, a session of standards, produced by Maggie and Executive Producer, Michael Beasley. Her All-Star Pacific Rim Cast includes the core trio, bassist Darek Oles and drummer, Ray Brinker. Guest appearances include guitarist-Larry Koonse, saxophonist/flutist-Bob Sheppard, Dean Taba-bassist  and Rocky Holmes-sax.

Until March of 2020, and the closing of all music venues due to the Coronavirus, Maggie was the featured entertainer at Lewers Lounge in Waikiki for 8 years.  She is known for her sultry and alluring voice, her adept pianistic style, her songwriting and her compelling interpretations of the standards. Maggie’s 2019 release, Renditions  documents her love affair with 12 of those songs. It is comprised of a set of vintage and more recently minted standards in the graceful, understated style that has firmly ensconced her as a beloved Aloha State institution. RENDITIONS serves as the fifth indie release from a veteran artist at the peak of her craft. 

Maggie won her third Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Jazz Album Of The Year for her 2018 album,  A TON OF TROUBLE.  This album includes 10 original songs, with half of those songs co-written by Maggie and Dawn Herron. Another original song on the album, The Dove and The Bourbon, was co-written by Maggie and Len Gambla (Maggie’s son-in-law).  A TON OF TROUBLE was co-produced by Maggie Herron and Bill Cunliffe, with Michael Beasley as Executive Producer.

Maggie’s remake of  ‘In My Life’  from the album A TON OF TROUBLE was nominated for the 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for  Single of the Year‘, with Larry Koonse on guitar. (Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eec748fLrKM). 

In 2017 Maggie’s album Between the Music and the Moon, won the  Hōkū Hanohano Jazz Album of the Year Award while Maggie was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.   The album includes 12 original songs, 5 co-written with her lyricist/daughter, Dawn Herron.  Engineering and mastering is by Paul Tavenner.  The music is available on all music platforms and released on Herron Song Records label. Players on the album includes saxophonist/flutist Bob Sheppard, guitarist Grant Geissman, arranger and pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Dean Taba, drummers-Abe Lagrimas and Jake Reed and Grammy Award winner Bill Cunliffe, acting as co-producer, pianist and arranger on several songs.

Maggie Herron was born in Muskegon, Mi. into a family of 12 children (she was number 9). She began taking piano lessons as a little girl and was the church organist by the age of 10. At 14, she performed Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Muskegon Symphony Orchestra and  was awarded a scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts, placing in the top 5 finalists in the piano concerto competition. She continued to study classical piano and voice throughout high school, performing in recitals and concerts, talent shows and musical theater productions.

At 18, with the late ’60’s idealism at her back, she was inspired up and out of her family home.  She  hitch-hiked across the U.S. landing in the Olympic National Rainforest in Washington State.   There, in an off-the-grid cabin with only an old upright piano at her disposal, she started exploring pop and folk music, writing songs and weaving the new sounds with her classical training.  Maggie began performing in Seattle, playing at the top of the Camlin Hotel, The Sorrento Hotel and appearing as a guest performer at Jazz Alley. Her exposure to other veteran Seattle musicians introduced her to R&B and jazz.  Her writing and performing style continued to morph with these new influences. Eventually the gloomy weather propelled her even further west, where she found herself at home in Hawaii.

Maggie has been living, writing, recording and performing on Oahu, Lanai, and Hawaii’s “Big Island” since 1976.  She’s opened concerts for Dave Brubeck, the Jazz Crusaders, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Jesse Colin Young, June Millington and Phoebe Snow.  She’s recorded or performed with jazz luminaries, Brian Bromberg, Bill Cunliffe, Larry Goldings, Bob Sheppard, Doug Webb, Rick Braun, Grant Geissman, Larry Koonse, Denise Donatelli, Doug Lunn, David Enos, and drummers Chester Thompson and John Ferraro. At home in Hawaii, her band mates include Rocky Holmes, Dean Taba, Paul Lindbergh, DeShannon Higa, Jason Gay and John Kolivas.

Other awards include the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Jazz Album of the Year in 2015 for her CD, ‘Good Thing” and best song award for the Hawaii Home Grown contest.

Maggie resides on the Big Island of Hawaii where she continues to write and record. She is currently working on her 2022 release album that will feature the Grammy nominated pianist, Romain Collin. Mahalo for visiting this site!

Reviews

Midwest Records

A jazz vocal date that brings the passion and caring right from the heart, this is the kind of set jazz vocal fans have been looking for. Well done.

Musical Memoirs Blog

Right from the first smoky vocals, I was hooked on Maggie Herron's style and a few minutes later on her composing skills...I listened to this CD for two days straight, admiring the lyrical content, catchy melodies, smart arrangements and Maggie Herron's obvious multi talents.

Sandra Beasley

In poetry, we borrow a word from Italian to describe our craft: stanza, or "room." The writer ushers us into the poem's rooms, asking us to recalibrate our understanding at each doorway. Maggie Herron's GOOD THING, a mix of covers and original songs, offers that same versatility of style and emotion.

Carol Banks Weber

'Between The Music And The Moon': It’s Herron’s best effort so far, a lot more revealing, a touch on the sultry side, and showcases her original songwriting and those husky vocals.

AXS

Hers is the accessibility of a singer constantly in touch with the necessary ingredient of emotion to bring any song to life, and reach the audience with the immediacy and preciousness of fleeting moments.

Mark Tucker

Trust me, this release will take your breath away...I’d say Between Music & the Moon is spectacular, but that wouldn’t fit the sensuous, romantic, and soft city-pastorale nature of the repertoire, so let’s settle for an adjective just as fitting: it’s perfect.

Blinded By Sound

Herron's songwriting skills are evident from the start and her deep, rich voice takes the listener on a musical journey.

Jazz History Online

An admirable range of styles, from the sly wit of the opening track “Wolf”, through the insistent rhythms of “I Can’t Get to Sleep” and the lush romanticism of the title tune. Herron’s smoky voice sounds like a mix of Cleo Laine and Dusty Springfield. All of the tracks exhibit a high level of musicality in both the compositions and the performances.

Jonathan Widran

Her voice is an invitation to simultaneous darkness and light whose caress is like those last few sparks of sunset breaking through the dreamy haze at day’s end.

Musical Memoirs Blog

All in all, Maggie Herron, the artist, is poetry in flesh and blood.