January 30, 2015
John, Henry Kapono and Brother Noland join together as The Rough Riders - January 30th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

December 10, 2013
Australia-New Zealand tour with Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga

September 01, 2012
One of These Days is One of the Best

It was a dream come true for John to record "One of These Days," which earned him his third Hoku Award for Contemporary Album of the Year.  He got to work with industry legends and superstars like Paulinho da Costa, James Gadson, Reggie McBride and Bruno Mars. He immersed himself in the extraordinary environment at Jackson Browne's studio in Southern California, and got to work creating something he hoped would make a lasting impact. Well, it looks like it did. Honolulu Magazine just named the project one of "The 25 Greatest Hawai'i Albums of the New Century." John's came in at #6. He's on the list with Hawaii's finest, like Keali'i Reichel, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Na Palapalai, Nathan Aweau and more. Check out the full article here: http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/September-2012/25-Greatest-Hawaii-Albums-of-the-New-Century/

November 14, 2011
Aloha Mr. President

After performing at Barack Obama's historic inauguration in Washington DC in 2009, John finally got the chance to meet the President at a fundraising event at home in Hawaii. The White House invited him to play the event, which was attended by Governor Neil Abercrombie, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz, Hawaii senators and other dignitaries and supporters. Check out the complete story in this Honolulu Star-Advertiser article:  http://www.honolulupulse.com/music/island-style-musician-earns-obama-shaka

September 27, 2011
Hawaii Five-O Soundtrack

John has always wanted to be on an album with Bob Dylan and he finally got his chance.  John's song "Hi'ilawe," from the album One of These Days, was chosen as a featured tune on the first ever soundtrack album from the smash hit TV show Hawaii Five-O, in stores on October 4th and on the show itself January 16th. Also on the album are Train, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley and Jake Shimabukuro, among others. John is the only Hawaiian artist on the project.  Book em all, Danno. http://www.hawaii50music.com

August 18, 2008
Best singer-songwriter in Hawaii
Respected veteran music writer Derek Paiva and the staff at Hawaii Magazine have named John the "Best Singer-Songwriter from Hawaii." As if the honor weren't enough, the article continues on to lavishly praise John's soulful style. "Cruz is one of the finest contemporary singer-songwriter-musicians you'll hear, Hawaii-based or otherwise. Listen to Cruz's Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning 2007 CD One of These Days for proof. Cruz's honeyed, husky voice is a marvel -- real world honest whether touching on subjects painfully personal or sweetly hopeful. Vintage instruments and recording equipment coat it all in a warm, timeless musical glow. We're serious fans." Click on the link for the full story.

June 17, 2008
And the winner is, John Cruz
When it comes to Hoku, he's two for two. Both Acoustic Soul and now One of These Days are the proud winners of contemporary Hawaiian music's top honor, Contemporary Album of the Year. Capping off a triumphant comeback after his much-anticipated album release, the crowd erupted in cheers when John's name was announced at the 31st Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in Honolulu.
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One of These Days

One of These Days

Winner of Na Hoku Hanohano Award
Contemporary Album of the Year

Debuted at #6 on the Billboard World Chart, #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #1 in Hawaii

"One of the year's finest albums, local or otherwise."

Derek Paiva
Honolulu Advertiser


"It's astonishingly good; a landmark recording bursting with memorable songs that deserve national exposure. And it marks a triumphant progression from Acoustic Soul, displaying Cruz's maturation as a vocalist, guitarist, composer, arranger and producer. Setting the creative bar way high, Cruz with One of These Days has attained an artistic level that bears comparison with the work of enigmatic Irish legend Van Morrison, combining emotive lyrical depth, soulful delivery, superb backing musicianship and a broad musical vision."

Jon Woodhouse
The Maui News


"John is a great songwriter and a great singer...he's one of the best."

Jackson Browne
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee


"John Cruz is one of my favorite songwriters in the world."

Jack Johnson
Billboard #1 Top Selling Recording Artist

Jack"Anyone I play John's CD for, everyone says, I love that, I need to have that, what is that, who is that? I'm like, come on man, that's John Cruz, what are you talking about? You gotta get this CD. It is just a matter of people hearing him and getting him out there that way because it's the type of music that speaks to everyone."

Kelly Slater
World Champion Surfing Legend

Acoustic Soul

Slack Key Guitar
Volume 2

Winner of the first Grammy ever awarded for Hawaiian music

Acoustic Soul

Acoustic Soul

Winner of 2 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
Contemporary Album of the Year
Most Promising Artist

Sold over 100,000 copies

"It's true: rich people are different from the rest of us. And so are those who live in Hawaii. For some reason, their desperation sounds just a little more relaxed than those on the mainland. Not to mention how islanders can hit a mellow groove even quicker than Californians. That might be because Hawaii has a way of putting things into perspective, where troubles have more room to breathe and each day's happiness is able to linger a little longer. John Cruz has caught this lightning in a bottle like very few modern musicians. His voice is weathered but still full of life, reflecting the understanding of someone who's seen far more than just beautiful sunsets. The way Cruz turns that mileage into songs of experience marks him as an inspiration to his audience there, and hopefully will help him bring that rare emotional magic here. Aloha."

Bill Bentley
Studio City Sun