"Imagine if Bobby Darin and Don Ho met the Rat Pack!"
They say that music is the language of the heart, and nothing could be truer for this highly entertaining Vocal Group. Composed of four inspirational singers and skillful performers, the Island Crooners have earned their reputation as a talented vocal group to look out for. From live performances to studio sessions and more, they continue to touch fans around the world with their distinct and enjoyable musical performance style. Explore the site and check out their music below.
Albert Maligmat, Gerald Ishibashi, Angelo Pagan, Richard Natto
Albert Maligmat - Gerald Ishibashi - Angelo Pagan - Richard Natto
Fans have grown to love The Island Crooners and the amazing performances they create. From their awesome stage presence, to memorable song lyrics, the guys have always found a way to make their mark in the industry. Get to know the people behind the music and learn more about The Island Crooners below.
Island Crooners: The Story
How They Got Here
A stylistically unique Musical Group from day one, the members of Island Crooners have been been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Throughout the course of their union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while recording new music. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.
From Somewhere Beyond The Sea To Southern California
By Brianna Ishibashi-Lapke
Hawaii and Southern California-based vocal group, The Island Crooners:
“Somewhere beyond the sea/Somewhere waiting for me/My lover stands on golden sands...
...and watches the ships that go sailing.”
The Mauna Kea Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. Longtime friends Gerald Ishibashi and Richard Natto, respected veterans of the entertainment industry, joined together onstage for an impromptu jam session. It had been a while since they had last performed with each other, but they soon fell into their comfortable banter. With the gentle trade winds blowing and the tropical drinks flowing, the atmosphere was magical. After a dreamy rendition of crooner favorite “Beyond the Sea,” the impromptu jam session soon turned into a full-fledged party. At the end of the night, after two encores, the crowd rose to a standing ovation. Ishibashi and Natto immediately knew they had something special on their hands.
Though the two musicians had a great dynamic together, they felt that adding another person to the mix would round out the group and give the project that extra “something” to raise it to the next level. The trick would be finding the right voice to fit the “island crooner” vibe. They soon found that missing link in their own backyard. LA-based singer/actor/producer Angelo Pagan (“The King of Queens,” “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative”) was recruited for the project, turning the talented duet into a powerhouse trio. Originally dubbed “The Three Crooners,” Ishibashi rechristened the project as “The Island Crooners,” a much more fitting moniker for the ultra cool, multiethnic vocal group.
After a few years of well-received shows, another longtime friend joined the crew. “Little Albert” Maligmat, of Rocky Fellers and Society of Seven fame, reconnected with Ishibashi during the inaugural Stonebridge Rhythm and Blues Fest. His camaraderie with Ishibashi, Natto, and Pagan, both onstage and off, led The Island Crooners to welcome another talented member into the fold.
Honolulu - Los Angeles