Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Angela Aki ~I was Born to be~

I am into Angela Aki’s songs recently. She has great gentle voice and dynamic piano performance which surely fascinate people’s feeling. Her songs permeate through one’s mind naturally.

Her first album “Home” is high in the charts in Japan. This album contains Angela’s various desires which bring her to music since when she decide to be a singer. Although I went to 5 CD stores to buy her CD, they are sold out.

Angela Aki was born in 1977 between Japanese father and Italian American mother. She started playing piano when she was 3 years old, and lived in Tokushima and Okayama prefecture until she graduated from her junior high school. Angela moved to Hawaii when she was 15 years old and graduated university in Washington D.C.

When she was a university student, she went to a live concert of Sarah McLachlan. She was absolutely impressed by Sarah’s music, and she noticed this is what she wants to do. She felt “I was born to sing” at the concert. After that she started to keep singing since she couldn’t forget the impression she felt at Sarah’s concert. She struggled with many things surrounding her. Sometimes she was said “mixed parentage singer won’t be a hit” or “you are too old to debut as a singer”, and she was refused to listen to her demo tapes.

After ten years since Angela’s challenge, she finally produced her original album “Home”. She comments on her blog “It is close to miracle for me my album is sold in stores. I was right to follow my decision.”

In her album, there is my most favorite song, “Kiss Me Good-bye”. This song is used in Final Fantasy xii as its theme song. There are two versions in this song, in Japanese and English. You can listen to her beautiful song from here.

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* You can see her promotion video as well on the above site.


erika said...

Oh, I know her! I really listened to her song on the radio( I don't know the name. maybe "Kokorono tensi"?) I think she is great!

Well, I didn't know you were an overseas stundet in Canada. Now, I'm learning English from Canadian teacher! He is funny and intelligent but....please read my blog if you have time!

Piccola said...

Hmm.. Japanese + Italian.. no wonder she has a unique look. Not typical japanese look for sure. Don't you think that children who are born of mixed heritage tend to be better looking?? hehe.. my opinion ^_^;

I'll try to check out her album over here & see if i'll fall in <3 with it.

スロ / Bernat said...

I tried to like her music but I can't...
I like more techno, more rythm, more beat, she's too soft for me :P

Enjoy her ;)

kayanon said...

The song you often listen to is
"心の戦士", I think. She is such a great singer, isn't she?

Where is your teacher from in Canada? Anyway,I will read your blog soon.

kayanon said...

Yeah, I agree with your thinking that children who are born of mixed heritage. I alway envy that kind of people becase they are mostly bilingual, and has exotic looking.

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