Photo: Courtesy of The Coach House
Photo: Courtesy of The Coach House

By Amanda Giannelli

Born an island girl of Maui, Rylee Anuheake’alaokalokelani Jenkins, better known as Anuhea, has rocked reggae’s world for the better.

Starting at a boarding school, Anuhea showcased her talents as she taught herself how to play guitar and write her own songs.

“We would print out guitar chords to Bob Marley and Jack Johnson songs at school, then skip water polo practice to go back to the dorms and jam them,” Anuhea wrote on her website. “Once I got the basic idea of guitar, I then started writing my own songs.”

As she entered college, studying film at Chapman University, Anuhea realized her passion for music. After a year at Chapman, she left the university and traveled to Australia. She then came back to the islands to play in small coffee shops until she put a band together with friends.

Starting on her own, she marketed herself and acted as her own manager. By taking recordings from a live taping for a public radio station, Anuhea created her first demo CD titled “Rough Cuts.” This album then got discovered by a manager and record label co-owner named Warren Wyatt, who started her full time career.

Since the group’s inception, Anuhea and her band have played with many well-known artists including Al Green, Babyface, Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley and SOJA.

Anuhea will be playing at The Coach House on Thursday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, and dinner reservations with priority seating are also available.

The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. For tickets and more information, call 949.496.8930 or visit www.thecoachhouse.com.

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