Announcing the “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” Contest Winner!

Jake Shimabukuro has reviewed 8 very worthy, skilled and artistic finalists and has selected the winner of the Life on Four Strings Contest.

The winner is….Suyi Liu!


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Suyi Liu impressed us at CAAM for showing us through heartful animated tribute how Jake’s songs played a role in her life, from first seeing him on YouTube…to doing homework to Bohemian Rhapsody…and listening to her favorite, Blue Roses Falling.

Jake and The Center for Asian American Media would like to thank everyone who submitted their videos about how Jake’s music has touched or influenced their lives. We love that Jake inspired our finalists in so many ways.

We love that because of Jake’s music, Chris Cortes submitted his third Jake contest videoLeah from Seattle is pulling through a midlife crisis, that Danny Pham learned 3 valuable lessons, high school student Shizuno Furuya is pursuing a life of musicMark Oda from Illinois connected with his youth group, and that Brian Hernandez and Annier Lee from Taiwan are pursuing a Life on Four Strings themselves…



All of our finalists will be awarded a ticket to see Jake at a future show, at a date/location of their choosing. In addition, we couldn’t forget that Mark from the UK now plays ukulele on the toilet, that harmonica world champion Jang Li now also plays ukulele, and that Nan Bowles is healing and fighting through a disease through Jake’s music… so congratulations, you have each won a ticket to one of Jake’s shows too!

Whether you’re pursuing a life of music, or fighting through life with Jake’s music by your side, we wish you all the best. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

Congratulations again to Suyi Liu from Worcester, Massachusetts whose video was chosen by Jake himself. Suyi will have an opportunity to meet Jake in person at an upcoming show. We’ll be in touch!

Thanks again to PBS Arts for helping us to promote this contest.

Life on Four Strings Contest Committee

For more info. on “Life on Four Strings”, please see Watch it on PBS online until August 8th!

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