Born and raised in Carson, California to Hawaiian parents and into a musical family, Bo Napoleon has been a committed musician since the age of 9 when his dad, Kevin “Nappy” Napoleon, first handed him a Ukulele. At age 11, he started mastering the guitar and composing original material which continued throughout his teenage years.
Bo was awarded an athletic scholarship to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He accepted and attended IUP for two years but made a conscious decision to pursue music full
time and dedicate himself to writing and performing. Following in his father’s footsteps as a singer songwriter in the Reggae Island genre, Bo’s success as a writer came quickly when he wrote two hit singles for the Common Kings, “Wade In The Water” and “Alcoholic”. A frequent collaborator with the group, another single penned by Bo called “Take Her” appeared on Common Kings’ Grammy nominated album “Lost In Paradise”.
Subsequent to the success of “Wade In The Water” and “Alcoholic”, Bo independently released his first single “Another Rainbow” and was immediately embraced by Hawaii’s Reggae radio stations. With the radio success of “Another Rainbow” two more singles quickly followed at the request of the radio stations, “Born and Raised” and “Rastaman, which also celebrated the same success.
Napoleon’s biggest hit to date was yet to come with the release of “If That’s Okay”. Released in Hawaii, “If That’s’ Okay” had remarkable commercial success with the support of 98.5,
iheartmedia’s Reggae and Contemporary Hit station, and quickly crossed over to Top 40 Mainstream. Jamie Hyatt, Sr. VP of Programming/Honolulu at iHearMedia is quoted as saying “the song transcends format boundaries; #1 test all media research, #1single sales, #1 Shazam”.
Bo Napoleon’s hero and biggest influencer is his dad, who is an accomplished musician and renowned in his own right. Other influences are Bob Marley, Max Martin, Bruno Mars, Craig
David, Fiji and Ne-Yo.
His West Coast sold out Tour, December 2019 through January 2020, exceeded all expectations. With the onset of Covid-19, and not being able to tour, Bo decided to release a cover of George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun” (August 28, 2020) and when asked what was his motivation, he replied “I’ve been missing my friends and family and wanted to make them something special. Together with my Producer’s, Jonnie “Most” Davis and Kofi, we created a fresh take on one of my favorite songs, “Here Comes The Sun”. It’s always given me a feeling of optimism and it’s a feeling I’d like to spread, just to see the smiles on all their faces”