Showman extraordinaire Al Waterson has an extensive background in music – singer, emcee, actor, voice-over talent and recording artist – and has performed not only in Hawaii, but nationally and internationally as well. As one of Hawaii’s top masters of ceremonies, Waterson has been a part of corporate conventions, major gala events, expos, concerts, pageants, political functions, private parties and weddings.
“The most rewarding thing about being an emcee and an entertainer is seeing the response of the audience at each function, and receiving the positive remarks and gratitude of those who request my services,” says Waterson, who was featured on the Jan. 16, 2009, MidWeek the Weekend cover.
He also had many parts in the original Hawaii Five-0 and acted alongside Frank Sinatra in a Magnum P.I. episode.
“What I liked most about being on the original Hawaii Five-0 was working around major Hollywood actors who have helped me hone my craft through the many years and episodes,” he says.
If that IMDB-worthy filmography is not enough, Waterson also had a principal role in the television show North Shore and was in numerous commercials (including the Hawaii Self-Storage commercials with a The Godfather theme). A full list of Waterson’s accomplishments can be viewed on his website, alwaterson.com.
He has done a lot of voice-over work for radio, television, film documentaries and live shows, including the Lani Misalucha Show in Waikiki last year.
While he does have a spontaneous and witty side, Waterson also has an amazing and versatile voice. His style ranges from the big-band hits to Motown, oldies, contemporary, country, jazz, Broadway and more.
In 2012, he released his CD Songs in the Key of Love and is a vocalist on Tom Moffatt’s Legacy 2 compilation CD, also released last year.
When he’s not entertaining fans, Waterson enjoys spending time with animals. In fact, he loves two- and four-legged creatures so much, he is an advocate for Oahu SPCA.
“I am a huge animal lover and, therefore, support the Oahu SPCA, a shelter for dogs and cats with a no-kill philosophy,” he explains.
He has been married for 35 years to Nancy Bernal, who says her husband is an excellent gourmet cook and handyman.
Waterson is humbled by all that he has been able to accomplish, and he hopes to continue to pursue his passion.
“I want to thank everyone for their friendship and support throughout the years,” he says.