Facing Future is arguably IZ’s most popular album. Released in 1993, to this day it remains the best-selling album of all time by a Hawaiian artist. It reached Platinum status in 2005, selling more than one million copies, the only Hawaiian music album to do so. The album’s sales are driven not only by its popularity with Hawaiian audiences, but also by its appeal around the world. The delicate medley “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” has been licensed for use in movies, television shows and commercials, both in the United States and abroad. Although Facing Future was actually IZ’s second solo album, it was this recording that introduced millions of people worldwide to Israel’s stunning talent. Also including the beloved tune “White Sandy Beach” and the bookends of “Hawai`i ’78”, Facing Future is the essential soundtrack to Hawaii.
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