New record deal in hand, Etu Finau performs at Wiscansin Fest on June 11

by Linda Hubbard on June 10, 2022

Menlo Park church goers can spot Etu Finau playing guitar most Sunday’s at Bethany Lutheran Church. But he’ll be absent this weekend. He’ll be appearing at Grammy award-winning T-Pain’s Wiscansin Fest in Milwaukee.

T-Pain recently hosted his own contest for his record label, Nappy Boy. The winner would receive a record contract, perform in T-Pain’s final concert, and would be much more recognized in the industry, almost overnight. Etu wrote and performed music over numerous weeks, received the votes of people who listened and won — beating over 300 other contestants.

Etu describes himself as a musician who sings — what he describes as “island pop.”

“Imagine pop music drowned in harmony,” he explains. “I draw my inspiration from Motown.

“At the festival, I’ll be playing in front of 4,000 people!”

Etu, which (ironically) means “silent”, says music is therapy to him. “People tell me how they connect with my music. The words are personal — the energy flows right back to me.”

The musician recently released an EP called Island Summer, drawing from the music he used for the competition.

“The other part of winning is the record deal,” he says. “There aren’t a lot of Pacific Islanders signed to a mainstream label. I’m exited to get my foot in the door and let the music do the rest.”

LiveOne will livestream Wiscansin Fest on Saturday, June 11, 2022, beginning at  2:30 pm PT with T-Pain’s performance kicking off at 9:30 pm PT.  Fans can watch the global livestream on as well as on LiveOne apps across iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV, and on LiveOne’s and T-Pain’s Facebook page.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2022



john farmer June 11, 2022 at 1:05 pm


Linda Hubbard June 13, 2022 at 3:25 pm

Yes, that is the name of the music festival.

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