Maila Gibson is a dynamic, emotive performer with confident yet down-to-earth presence that captures all audiences. Although Maila commits to a high standard of excellence the moment she steps on stage, she longs to do more than simply entertain. Touching lives and singing straight into people’s hearts is truly what she’s all about.
Maila has been on many stages since the age of 9. At age 10, she stepped into the recording studio for the first time, recording a commercial jingle for Meadow Gold. She also modeled and acted for print and television in addition to dancing hula for many years. All were wonderful, but her first love is still music.
In 1995, Maila was scouted to record a solo album in Japan. By the next year, “Maila Gibson” was released in Tokyo under Media Remores. Soon after were more recordings and performances in Hawaii with Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners The Hawaiian Style Band. Her hit single “What If It’s True” with Ben Vegas, went to number one.
Ben Vegas produced Maila Gibson’s highly anticipated album “More” in 2003. “More” won 2 Hawaii Music Awards for Pop Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year along with 5 Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominations. This CD highlights not only her singing range but also her songwriting skills. 10 of the 11 songs were written by Ben and Maila during their weekly performances at The Sheraton Kaua’i Resort. “Making music with Ben is as easy as breathing,” Maila says, “And no! We’re not married!” No, they’re not married (to each other, that is) but their musical relationship and love for each other could be compared to that of a marriage with regards to their commitment, to one another and to their craft.
Maila has performed with national artists such as:
- Natalie Cole
- Ruben Studdard
- Michael McDonald
- Kenny Loggins
- Donnie and Marie Osmand
Locally, she has performed with Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners and Grammy nominees Keali’i Reichel and Ho’okena. Maila recorded two songs on Ho’okena’s Grammy nominated albums including “The Prayer” and “Nani Mau Loa.”