— What Good Am I  —

New “Live Outside” video presented by Audio-Technica in celebration of their 60th Anniversary. Produced by Playing For Change PFC

— It’s Time To Build A Bridge  —

2022 Nā Hōkū Hanohano
Music Video of the Year!

Version #1: Full Band

Version #2: Acoustic Style

Lyrics and Music by Mark Herschler (ASCAP) and John Cruz (BMI) 

"Island Style" by: John Cruz

One of the Hawaiian Anthem songs in the Islands. Island Style composed by John Cruz is a timless classic and brings the warm Aloha to you wherever you may be in this world.

John Cruz Live in Marks Park performing vaious originals songs and a couple cover songs

Welcome to our tenth episode of Mark’s Park: A Night with John Cruz. Get swept away in the harmonious sounds, poetic lyrics and soothing rhythms of renowned Hawaiian singer-songwriter, John Cruz and join in the musical celebration of island life with this alluring performance! Mark’s Park is filmed in front of a live audience in PFC co-founder/producer Mark Johnson’s backyard in Venice Beach, California. This series brings together the diverse group of people, who call Venice Beach home, in an effort to connect the world through music. A portion of the proceeds from Mark’s Park will benefit the Playing For Change Foundation—an international nonprofit organization, operating 17 music programs in 13 countries, established to create positive change through music and arts education.

SET LIST: 0:00– “Shine On” 6:33– “Ka Ipo Lei Manu” 11:33– “It Is What It Is” 16:19– “Island Style” 20:35– “She’s Too Good For Me” 24:25– “Rastaman Chant”

Songs written by John Cruz

“She’s Too Good For Me” written by Warren Zevon “Rastaman Chant” written by Bob Marley FEATURING

Cheryl Smith-Bilyeu- Vocals, Bass Jason Tamba- Guitar John Cruz- Vocals, Guitar Mermans Mosengo- Vocals, Calabash Tony Cruz- Vocals, Guitar

—  Acoustic Soul 25th Anniversary Celebration  —

Mahalo to everyone who supported the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of John Cruz’s “Acoustic Soul” album! The full-house concerts across the islands and many, many fan submissions – photos, stories, videos – exceeded all expectations.

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—  Maui Concert Residency  —

This June it makes THREE Years at the Pro Arts Playhouse!

Please come Join us for a show in our local Theatre. I welcome speacal guests very month to join in the muisc magic so you are in for a treat at every show. Mahalo to our Sponsors – Hawaiian Airlines and The Wailea Beach Resort.

— Bio  —


Hawaiian singer-songwriter John Cruz engages audiences with rich storytelling through songs ranging from Hawaiian to blues, folk, R&B and more. Cruz is a  multi-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner and contributed a composition and song to the GRAMMY® award-winning album ‘Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 2.’ Captivating guitar playing, soulful vocals and a compassionate, genuine heart make Cruz one of Hawaii’s most beloved artists.

On stage, he fully embodies every song with this alluring energy translating to his acclaimed albums, ‘Acoustic Soul’ (one of the best selling Hawaii records of all time) and ‘One of These Days’ (bowed at #4 on Billboard’s World Music chart). Today, over 1 million people stream Cruz’s music every year as he enjoys regular plays on SiriusXM, prominent features on hit Playing for Change videos (“The Weight”, “Jokerman” and “All Along The Watchtower”) and a new, long-term concert residency at one of Hawaii’s top listening rooms, ProArts Studio in Kihei, Maui.

Click here for insight into John’s early life and storied career.

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Big 2024 ahead with more new music and some very special shows in the works…Stay tuned