Bio

Photo by Sasha Nitze

Photo by Sasha Nitze

Pat Simmons Jr. is a singer/songwriter raised on the island of Maui, HI.

"I like to say I'm a surfer by dawn, farmer and father by day, and a musician at night"-Pat    

                                             

There is so much more to this young country boy's life than just music... Pat has had a diverse life growing up around the world on tour with his father's band The Doobie Brothers. He is a rural northern California native, born on the remote Mendocino coast, yet remains a true Maui local, living on the family farm for over 20 years; planting trees and rare Hawai'ian plants. Walking his talk on and off the stage, he carries the message and values of Aloha 'Āina (Love for the land). Values that teach respect and care for the land that feeds us and supports all life. He feels the responsibility to practice and perpetuate traditional Kanaka Maoli knowledge of his geographic area, as a guest and steward of the 'āina. Pat is part of a culturally diverse community of islanders who care for the natural environment through simple living. This means protecting what is sacred and having a positive impact on the land and water by gathering food locally, growing fruits and vegetables organically and supporting all forms regenerative agriculture throughout the islands. Surviving cancer, acquiring a degree in Ecology, and raising a child on the same land he was raised on in Maui are all part of what has shaped this young man's mission.

"It's all about the future generation!" - Pat Simmons Jr.

 

Pat’s music career began as a teen, when he first began opening as a solo act for The Doobie Brothers, along with many other well known artists over the years, including Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Jack Johnson, Mike Love, The Wailers, Chicago, Gregg Allman, Don Felder of the Eagles, and most recently Steve Earle, Dave Mason, and Trevor Hall. When he’s not performing multiple shows a week on Maui, or traveling on tour, Pat lives on the family farm with his wife and small son, homesteading, and running a small-scale organic farm/reforestation project. He uses music as a tool for activism and education concerning environmental/ocean health, cancer awareness, Hawaiian culture and ecologically conscious living.

 

Pat’s debut 2017 album release is entitled This Mountain.

Nominated for 2 Nā Hoku Hanohano Awards: E.P. of the Year & Most Promising Artist. This Mountain is a folk-rock island blend, featuring award winning Hawaiian artist Keali’i Reichel, as well as local Hawaiian bluesman Willie K. Pat’s father, founding member of The Doobie Brothers, co-produced the E.P. on

Maui. All songs written by Pat Simmons Jr; other special featured artists include: Elvin Bishop, Hutch Hutchinson, John McFee, Bill Payne and John Cowan.