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