Like all kids, Barrett grew up listening to the music most loved by his parents. Music from the likes of Sunday Manoa, Hui Ohana, Palani Vaughn, Makaha Sons, Olomana, and of course Elvis Presley to name a few.
Barrettʻs music career is attributed to the strong music influence of the Kamehameha Schools. Barrett has been playing music for over 20 years and is a part of the 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano award winning group "Kaukahi". His solo debut release "Kalana" in 2009 was awarded the Hoku award for Religious Album of the Year 2010!
As Barrett states, "music is a message, we strive to share a message of forgiveness and the power of true love!"
Barrett Awai is featured on Upright Bass, ukulele and back ground harmonies of Mahalo Nui Loa Faʻafetai and background harmonies on Ku I Ka Pono. Azato also plays percussion in Barrettʻs Project.