Nominated for: NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist Best Pacific Soul/Rnb Artist
Born in Fiji into a very musical family, Lepani moved to Rotorua at a young age and then to Auckland for his teen years. It wasn’t until he was 14 when his music teacher discovered that he could sing, a talent Lepani had been hiding before then.
The world opened for Lepani in 2020 with the release of debut single ‘Pocketful of Love’, followed by ‘In The Moment’, his debut EP with Sony Music NZ. Moving from strength to strength with follow-up singles like ‘Next To Me’ and ‘Wait To Wake Me Up’, he drew a steady fanbase immersed in Lepaniâ€™s world of emotive euphoria. Amassing over 13 million streams, the promising young artist saw three Aotearoa Music Award nominations and took out Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist at the Pacific Music Awards.
Lepani returned in 2022 with a neon-inflected ride into the depths of young adulthood and suburbia with the catchy 'Tell You Something' (613K worldwide streams to date), building anticipation for his slick sophomore EP, 'The Morning' that arrived in 2023. Lepani is talented multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter who is one to watch as he continues to break boundaries as an artist.