Updated: Apr 10
Meet Gj Ganotisi and Shawna Lynn Masuda, Hawaii’s Hottest Duo!
Gj and Shawna have shared a passion for music from a very young age. Although their paths were extremely different, Gj & Shawna would later share their passion for music together while raising two beautiful daughters.
Let me tell you a little about Shawna Lynn Masuda! She is an amazing singer, mother, entertainer and survivor!
Shawna’s journey through the music realm began at the early age of 7 years old. Shawna’s Grandmother gifted Shawna with her first piano. Shawna loved her piano so much that she took 10 years of classical piano lessons.
“I have always loved to sing, I didn't think anything would ever come of it until I was persuaded to enter my school's talent competition in 7th grade.”
Shawna won this competition opening her eyes to an unexpected future. After winning the school's talent show, Shawna began voice lessons. Shawna remained the winner of her school's talent competition for the next two years, eventually securing 3rd place statewide during her freshman year. By the age of 13, Shawna began musical theatre. After completing several high school productions, Shawna landed her first community theatre role as Kim in, Miss Saigon.
Over the next 5 years, Shawna was a theatre God. Shawna performed as, “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast, “Amneris” in Aida, “Millie” in Thoroughly Modern Millie, “Mimi” in Rent, and “Eponine” in Les Miserable (2 different productions).
At the age of 19, Shawna was given the opportunity to be a featured singer for DJ Jim Brickman as well as a backup singer for Lani Misalucha’s, Return to Paradise. Lets not forget about Shawna's role as the second featured singer in the Elvis show, Burn N’ Love.
Shawna’s journey wasn’t always peaches and cream. Her journey included lots of trying and troubled times leading to years of addiction.
“My path was never really clear. For a long time my dream was to be on stage. I groomed myself for years to be the best I could be. In my early 20’s, I stopped musicals, I was just tired of that scene. I wanted to branch out and do something different but, I didn’t know how to. I was in a lull in my music career and life. I didn’t know what to do with my life, music was all I knew. During this hiatus, I was introduced to drugs. I quickly and heavily got into cocaine, painkillers and heroin. Soon, my life was about the escape. My addiction was affecting not only my life, but the life of my family. For almost 10 years, my battle with addiction took me through the most trying and hard times. My family continues to be strong and support my sobriety as well as my music career today.
Gj Ganotisi began to sing and play the guitar at the age of 13. While Gj’s cousins were throwing a ball outside, Gj was throwing dope tunes at a microphone!
“My father used to go on long business trips and I would stay at my Uncle’s house. All my cousins were into sports but I wasn’t. While my cousins were at practice, I would play the guitar and sing for hours. My skills developed over the years and when I was 19 years old, I joined my church worship team. I played with the worship team for 6 years. I love the gospel style of Israel Houghton.”
Gj’s talent continued to bloom as he looked up to Artists such as Jason Mraz and Blink 182. Gj loved and learned every song Jason Mraz had to offer. Gj performed Jason Mraz hits at open mics everywhere. He was later asked to join a local variety band as a guitarist and back up singer.
“When I was 26 years old, a coworker heard me performing and asked me to join him for a fundraiser gig. We soon became a duo and continue to play weekly gigs at, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand today.”
Gj began his own band at the age of 27 and climbed the popularity pole like a champ winning, Mai Tai’s Rumble (battle of the bands competition). Gj continued to make his dreams a reality by opening and playing with Artists such as, Los Lonely Boys, Bruno Mars, and Jake McVey.
Gj and Shawna would eventually meet each other and realize they were meant to be life partners. The duo quickly falling in love and sharing a passion for music, knew where they needed to be… on stage! GJ & Shawna would soon become Gj & Shawna Lynn, Hawaii’s Hottest Duo. The pair were inseparable and they knew it.
Gj & Shawna’s love story continued to evolve. The duo soon became the proud parents of two beautiful girls. Having a family has fueled their desire to be the best they could be at every performance.
Gj & Shawna Lynn continue to play together at numerous venues and events today as the infamous, Gj & Shawna Lynn, Hawaii’s Hottest Duo! Make sure you check out their websites and stream their tunes. Through It All, Shawna's Song, and Charlotte's Web, are a few of their jams that you must hear! Gj & Shawna Lynn have an amazing talent that you don’t want to miss!!!
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