|Hometown||Kula Maui, HI|
|Band Members||Will McFarland - guitar/slide; Jim Frazier - guitar/... » more|
Brooks Maguire is a Maui based singer/songwriter/guitarist born and raised in Texas/Louisiana that began his career in the mid-70's influenced by the likes of Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther as well as bands like the Eagles and Little Feat,...
Brooks Maguire is a Maui based singer/songwriter/guitarist born and raised in Texas/Louisiana that began his career in the mid-70's influenced by the likes of Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther as well as bands like the Eagles and Little Feat, along with the myriad of influences that the Gulf Coast has long been known for, i.e. Blues, Rock, Soul, Country, Gospel and Folk. He honed his talents in Austin in the late 70's and traveled throughout Texas/Louisiana spending a short period in Lake Charles LA where he was one of the founding members of KOKOMO, a vocal trio that returned to Texas and performed around the Houston/Galveston area. After KOKOMO's breakup in 1981, he showcased his versatility and engaging performance with the Brooks Maguire Band playing some of the top venues in the Houston area until being seriously injured in an auto/pedestrian accident in early 1984. After a miraculous recovery, Brooks returned to performing in mid '85 as a solo artist in small clubs/restaurants joining forces with gifted guitarist, Wayne Wilkerson, fondly known as the SHORT MAN HAWAIIAN SHIRT BAND. It was during this time, Brooks became attracted to the Hawaiian Islands. Deciding to move to Maui in late '87, Brooks quickly became a regular performer on Maui's world renowned Front Street in historic Lahaina. It wasn't long before Brooks was performing throughout the islands in many of the well known clubs/restaurants of Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Big Island. 1994 brought the release his first original CD, "Dream Of A Girl" that featured Grammy winning guitarist, Barry Flanagan of HAPA along with some of Maui's finest musicians. Brooks' song, "I Wanna Dance Like That" received recognition in the Annual Billboard Magazine Songwriter's Contest along with airplay on stations across the U.S.
Brooks' 2nd CD, "Pieces of a Dream", released in 1999 after returning to Texas to record with a group of musicians and songwriters that he had performed with prior to moving to Maui. His song, "Kula Morning", along with the singles, "Little Lies" and "No Good in Goodbye" written by his friend, David Chace received airplay in Hawaii and on the mainland.
In January/February of 2014, Brooks recorded his newly released CD, "The Road I Never Chose" with singer/songwriter/producer, Joe Beck in Nashville after signing a recording deaI with A.C.T Music Group - Nashville. Joe Beck has had nearly 80 hit songs and over 780 major cuts in all markets, including Adult Contemporary, Rock, Country, Inspirational, Southern Gospel and Black Gospel. Beck has contributed to six Grammy-nominated projects and has been nominated a dozen times for Dove Awards! Brooks and Joe Beck collaborated on half of the songs on creating such tunes as "Maui", "Land of Regrets", "A MIllion Steps Ago", "Maddie & Gray" and "WIde Open". Brooks recorded this latest CD with the help of Will McFarlane on guitar/slide. Former Bonnie Raitt guitarist, McFarlane left Raitt to move to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, playing on records for Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, Etta James, Johnnie Taylor and MANY others as part of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Brooks also had the privilege of having Andrea Merritt (known as Drea Rhenne' - backup vocalist for Michael McDonald) and Wendy Moten (both recently toured with Kathy Mattea) singing background vocals. "The Road I Never Chose" also includes Steve Brewster on drums and Duncan Mullins playing bass, both of whom have played with everyone from Amy Grant, Kenny Loggins, Paul Simon, Richard Marx, Kenny Rogers and literally hundreds of other legendary artists records/tours! Two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music’s top piano/keyboard player award, Gordon Mote, plays piano on Brooks' latest album. Mote has recorded with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Gaither Vocal Band as well as many other artists. Brooks' latest CD includes songs co-written by multi-platinum songwriter, Bill Shore, who wrote Garth Brooks' biggest hit single, "Wild Horses". Shore has written huge hits for George Strait, Charley Pride and Sawyer Brown and had over 200 songs recorded by artists such as Porter Waggoner, Chris LeDoux, Vern Gosdin, Moe Bandy, Helen Cornelius, Stealing Angels, as well as many other major/independent American and international artists. Shore has received multiple BMI Million Performance Achievement Citations and BMI awards and his songs have been used in many television shows and motion pictures.