Big Island’s Christina Rico (DREAM) recently released her debut single, “Love Pocean Dream” on several different platforms. The idea of the new release expresses the ocean’s powerful healing abilities. The story of the song was born through heartbreak. The journey of love for music began and in times of internal battles, music and the ocean were the right “potion” to overcome the war within the soul. With the need to embrace the language of music that now started to reshape life perspectives, the building of music composition, sound design, and music are on the rise.
Christina’s journey into music includes a soul-searching adventure through life’s hardships that lead the drive to truly discover reason. When Christina found the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) it brought forth the opportunity that dreams can become reality. Taking the gift of songwriting seriously established the pathway to compose a few pieces on the keyboard and falling in love with the guitar encouraged island music creations. Christina generated sound design for theatre plays at the UHH Theatre liken Moʻohuelo A Tale of a Tail (Summer 2019) and Aloha Las Vegas (Fall 2018).
As an On-Air Personality at University Radio Hilo (URH) at UHH, Christina took on the name DREAM encouraging others to “Keep believing in their dreams!” These events became the building blocks towards performing live on the UHH Campus and around the Hilo community at the Live Aloha Festival and the Wild Heartist Gallery. Christina received the Richard Adap Music Scholarship in 2018/2019 school year and the Gloriana Adap Memorial Music Scholarship in 2016/2017 school year.
Christina’s intentions as a musician is to take responsibility for the messages that she shares through her music and to be an inspiration to others. Christina explains, “The gratitude that the gift of music brings is endless. Love Pocean Dream has many meanings. The entirety of the nature of the earth, not just the ocean, has healing power. I hope to encompass the work towards respecting nature in its innocent mysterious formation. My Soul Dances with the Breath of the Ocean Wind.”
Find “Love Pocean Dream” on Spotify and like her musician page @DreamIslandVibe where you can keep up with all of her music happenings.