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Posted: Mar 10, 2007 7:07 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA

Kanon is a Japanese singer-songwriter I happened to come across through the music in the video game Tales of Legendia. There are two notable tracks in the game's OST in which a woman's outstandingly beautiful voice is heard singing in a fictitious language indigenous to the game's world. I was curious to know who this voice belonged to and came across the artist Kanon. Apparently this contribution to avex has attracted new fans across the globe (mostly in western culture) but sadly not so much in Japan. Sony Music Japan seems to do far too little to promote this extremely talented singer, and it's a shame that she achieved much of her global recognition only when she temporarily worked with avex trax to help create the music in the Tales of Legendia soundtrack.

Kanon was born in Japan but spent a good portion of her life growing up overseas. Growing up in a purely western culture, she took on many western tastes in music that is clearly reflected in her own music and compositions. Her music is officially recognized as 'New Age' which is a genre that most casual listeners deem negligible, especially when compared to the more conventional mainstream music such as J-Pop, rock, and R&B. Kanon's new releases are usually original works equipped with music and lyrics written by her; however, a lot of her songs are either arrangements of classical pieces or covers of popular songs from native and western cultures. She also plays classical piano which you can hear in many of her songs. Because her music may be too unconventional for Japanese listeners, her singles and albums sell very poorly, often times struggling to chart. Her most recent album [Sanctuary] had a peak position of 262.

Despite having an almost non-existent fanbase in Japan, Kanon is still highly regarded and well-known in her role as an icon--more specifically--Japan's national representative in worldly music affairs. She sang the national anthem during the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany-Asia event and was even invited to perform at MIDEM 2007 as Japan's elite musical ambassador. This is a top-honors position. Her song Brand New Breeze is currently being used as the theme for the anime Kiniro no Corda ~primo passo~.

Her voice is indeed fluent and very water-like in quality--the quintessence of purity with that hint of erogenic nature. She's also very beautiful. In my opinion, her vocal prowess is unrivaled in Japan. Whether this is a result of her musical studies overseas or not is a debatable issue that can be tabled for discussion. At any rate, I highly recommend this underrated artist to everyone for she's just too good to miss out on.

[please refer to the links at the bottom for more background. also thanks to mink1981@Jpopmusic for many of the songs provided here.]



[KISEKI Song of Love] (2004.10.20)

  1. KISEKI Song of Love
  2. Memories of Summer time
  3. KISEKI Song of Love (INST)
  4. Memories of Summer time (INST)

[Gloria] (2005.04.20)

  1. Gloria
  2. Wings to Fly~tsubasa wo kudasai
  3. Gloria (INST)

[kokoro] (2006.04.19)

  1. kokoro
  2. KISEKI Song of Love[Piano Version]
  3. kokoro (INST)

[My Destiny/Serenade] (2006.05.24)

  1. My Destiny
  2. Serenade
  3. My Destiny (INST)
  4. Serenade (INST)

[Brand New Breeze] (2006.11.22)

  1. Brand New Breeze
  2. The Power
  3. Brand New Breeze (INST)
  4. The Power (INST)


[Alleluia -Piano & Voice-] (2003.07.02) [Vizic Records] mini-album

  1. Alleluia
  2. By being yourself
  3. Your Love
  4. saigo
  5. Alleluia(arrangement no.2)

[Hymn of Grace] (2004.02.18) [MS Enterainment]

  1. Elushadai
  2. Gloria
  3. Winter~Four Seasons~ (Antonio Vivaldi)
  4. The water is wide
  5. Scarborough Fair
  6. Opening my Heart to Your Voice
  7. Calling You (Bob Telson)
  8. Ave Maria (Schubert)
  9. Ave Maria (Kanon)
  10. Loving Grace
  11. The Light
  12. Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

[Primary Flowers] (2005.06.22)

  1. My Name is...
  2. KISEKI Song of Love
  3. Anata e
  4. Wings to Fly~tsubasa wo kudasai
  5. Believe
  6. Theme from Vocalise (Interlude)
  7. futari
  8. Gloria
  9. Tenderly
  10. Can't Help Falling in Love
  11. diamond
  12. SHINE
  13. Lullabye (Good Night My Angel)

[Destiny] (2005.10.26) mini-album

  1. Destiny
  2. Sanctus
  3. Lascia ch' io pianga (English Hymn Version)
  4. Gloria (English version)
  5. My Destiny
  6. SHINE-tranquilizer mix-

[Sanctuary] (2006.12.06)

  1. Brand New Breeze
  2. The Power
  3. Blue
  4. kokoro[album mix]
  5. subete
  6. tsuki
  7. A Parting Blessing (Interlude)
  8. My Destiny
  9. Good Old Days
  10. Serenade[album mix]
  11. If Ye Love Me
  12. As One
  13. Life


Apart from the above samples, here are choral excerpts from Tales of Legendia:
  1. tori wa naki, boku wa utau
  2. densetsu no fujutsushi




Last edited by Celsius005 on Jul 13, 2007 5:30 pm; edited 10 times in total
Posted: Mar 11, 2007 12:37 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
Well well well. Glad to see a Kanon thread finally here Love I've grown to love Kanon's soaring vocals. Remind me of some European opera vocalists. I do hope it will manage to attract new fans Smile
Posted: Mar 13, 2007 3:56 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
Update: I added samples from [Hymn of Grace] and [Sanctuary]. I also incorporated a few elements from your thread at Jpopmusic Rinoa if you don't mind. Wink I too hope this thread grabs some attention.
Posted: Apr 01, 2007 12:39 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 04 Nov 2005 Posts: 7747 Location: スウェーデン / エスキルストゥーナ
never heard of her before o.o
she's pretty ^^
I'll give her a chance Smile
Posted: May 12, 2007 8:32 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 12 May 2007 Posts: 1 Location: Canada
omg can u please upload all of the songs in her sanctuary album pleeeeeease Embarassed
Posted: May 19, 2007 8:43 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 19 May 2007 Posts: 4 Location: Seventh Heaven
Yay, this is my fave songtress.

First time heard her song makes my feeling happy. Then after that i'm starting to find her album.

one word to her, Her song is sound perfectly after album to the lastest album. Love
Posted: Jul 13, 2007 9:05 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 13 Jul 2007 Posts: 1
Giggle Can someone reupload them plz? thank u!
Posted: Jul 13, 2007 12:48 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
I updated the links so the songs should play fine now.
I'd also like to inform those who are requesting full album uploads that the purpose of this thread is to introduce/explore this underrated artist and is NOT meant to provide incessant downloads. If you want her full albums I suggest following the appropriate Channel-Ai blog reviews to the YesAsia links provided. Thank you.
Posted: Aug 06, 2007 1:33 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
Right now Kanon is recording music in the studio. According to her blog she's going to release an album by the end of the year. Awesome no? Wink
Posted: Oct 27, 2007 5:47 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 27 Oct 2007 Posts: 1
She's absolutely awesome. I wish I could fully download all of her albums though Boogie
Posted: Oct 28, 2007 6:47 pm Reply with quote
ポケット ポケット
Joined: 24 Jun 2007 Posts: 2496 Location: USA
-sniffle- Why are so many good artists underappreciated? I've only heard a handful of her songs, but her voice is soooo amazing. I hope her next project will do better. What is she doing anyway?
Posted: Apr 09, 2009 11:13 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Feb 2007 Posts: 8011 Location: Canada
Yikes it took me a bit to find this thread.

Kanon has a new song out that featured in an anime that currently airing for the spring season of animes.
I'll have to come back later to talk more about that.

For now, someone did upload the performance she did on J-Melo (which wasn't too long ago)

Yay! for the interview being in English (because I doubt people would have subbed it). I'm glad I could understand what was being said instead of grasping at my limited Japanese vocabulary ...
Posted: Apr 10, 2009 10:25 am Reply with quote
ポケット ポケット
Joined: 24 Jun 2007 Posts: 2496 Location: USA
Wow! Thank you so much for the interview! That was really cool!

And I never realized you pronounced her name like that...hmm. Laughing

So what's all this about a new song for an anime? -curious-
Posted: Apr 11, 2009 12:25 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Feb 2007 Posts: 8011 Location: Canada
【TV】 NHK BS2 TVアニメーション 「グイン・サーガ」 エンディングテーマに決定!
4月5日(日)よりスタートする大作TVアニメーション 「グイン・サーガ」のエンディングテーマに、
カノンが書き下ろした「Saga~This is my road」が決定しました!

放送日:4/5(日)より、毎週日曜 23:29から放送開始
番組名:NHK BS2 「グイン・サーガ」
楽曲名:「Saga~This is my road」(作詞作曲・編曲:カノン)

That's from her webiste awhile back.

The anime is called Guin Saga and is currently airing in Japan. Kanon basically singles the End theme for it

Here's a preview from the ED sequence for the anime
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 12:07 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Feb 2007 Posts: 8011 Location: Canada
I wasn't sure if she was going ton release this song but it looks like she will on August 26th.

So Kanon is coming out with a mini-album for Saga~This is my road It shouldn't be too hard to find since it has an anime tie-in. Guin Saga isn't super popular but it does seem to be watched.


My Road~Songs from Guin Saga
1. Saga~This is my road (アニメ「グイン・サーガ」エンディングソング) 
2. マリウスの歌
3. Saga~This is my road (オルゴール Version) 
4. Where'er you go~Cavarellia Rusticana (アニメ「グイン・サーガ゛」挿入曲)
5. 届かぬ想い(アニメ「グイン・サーガ」挿入曲カバー) 
6. Where'er you go~Cavarellia Rusticana(オルゴール Version) 
7. Saga~This is my road(English Version)

01. Saga~This is my road (Anime Guin Saga Ending Song)
02. Marius no Uta
03. Saga~This is my road (Orgel Version)
04. Where'er you go~Cavarellia Rusticana (Anime Guin Saga Insert Song)
05. Todokanu Omoi (Anime Guin Saga Insert Song Cover)
06. Where'er you go~Cavarellia Rusticana (Orgel Version)
07. Saga~This is my road (English Version)
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