CBS’ NCIS: Hawai’i takes the top spot for the most popular song on Tunefind last week. The top song comes from a Maui-born singer/songwriter and is featured at the end of last week’s episode. This soft rock song currently boasts over 87,000 streams on Spotify.
During the closing montage, the song begins while two characters have a tearful exchange. The melody eases in softly and is woven between the dialogue. The lyrics accompany the tropical setting and mirrors the actions of the characters. ‘Sunshine’ lyrically urges to keep people close who feel like sunshine.
‘Sunshine’ was first released as a single in February 2022. A month later, the track was included on Lily Meola’s 5-track EP Daydream. Meola took to Instagram to share the inspiration behind the track “[I] wrote this song a while ago when I was discovering I had anxiety… Some of the people around me didn’t have the patience or understanding I really needed at the time… but I feel lucky now that it brought me closer to the people who truly did, and still do.”
Lily has released a handful of singles in addition to the 2022 EP but the story behind Meola’s presence in the music industry is perhaps most impressive. Meola was first discovered by Willie Nelson as he happened to be in attendance at one of her weekly shows at Cafe des Amis in Paia. That night Willie sat in with Meola as she performed Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy.’ In a stroke of serendipity, ‘Crazy’ was also featured in last weeks episode of NCIS: Hawai’i.
According to Wasserman Music, Meola shared, “After the show, Willie handed me a napkin with a few song titles written on it and said, ‘Would you like to record any of these?'” In 2013, Meola toured with Nelson and was named his protégé.
〉Listen now: Sunshine by Lily Meola
〉More music by Willie Nelson
〉More music by Patsy Cline
〉Full list of songs featured in NCIS: Hawai’i