Mike Love

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Brief History

Mike Love is an American reggae musician and singer from Hawai'i. His 2014 record, Jah Will Never Leave I Alone, reached #3 on Billboard's Reggae chart. He self-describes his style as "revolutionary consciousness music".

Born in O'ahu, he grew up in Kalama Valley and attended Henry J. Kaiser High School. He released his debut album The Change I'm Seeking in 2012, followed by Jah Will Never Leave I Alone in 2014, Love Will Find A Way in 2015, and the Love Overflowing EP a year later.

Mike Love opened for Xavier Rudd's Boulder, Colorado concert in 2015, singing together during the end of the show. Love attributes some of his success to his YouTube rendition of "Permanent Holiday", which has more than 20 million views as of 2019. The song's lyrics turn what seem to be a "random assortment of syllables...into a song over a period of three minutes", according to Colossal.

Love has collaborated with Clinton Fearon on his album History Say. He participates in Playing for Change.

He currently plays with his band, Mike Love and the Full Circle, consisting of Sam Gonsalves, John Hawes, Keith Tsukamaki, Reggie Padilla, and Arthur Davis. In addition to touring, the band does a weekly gig at Hawaiian Brian's on O'ahu. All of Love's albums are released independently on his own label, Love Not War Records