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Kekaula was born to an African-American mother, Linda and Native Hawaiian father, Alan Kekaula in Los Angeles, California, although the family continued to grow and relocated to suburban Moreno Valley, California. While there, Kekaula began to immerse herself in singing and had her first appearance in a talent show at Edgemont Elementary School. She graduated from Moreno Valley High School and then from the University of California, Riverside.
Kekaula is married to Robert Vennum; they have one daughter, Twylla.
Kekaula has featured on two singles by British house music band Basement Jaxx, most famously "Good Luck", the tracks "Realizer" and "High and Low" from the 2004 album Legion of Boom by The Crystal Method, and "Talkin' in My Sleep" from The Bloody Beetroots' first studio album, Romborama. She has also been featured in the most recent The Legendary Tigerman album, Femina.
In 2014 Kekaula and Vennum released an album under the name "Lisa and the Lips".
Basement Jaxx discography
- "Good Luck" (2004) #12 UK, #22 Australia (also featured in the Japanese CG film Appleseed)
- "U Don't Know Me" (2005) #26 UK, #56 Australia
- "Stay Close" (2009) featured on the Scars album
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