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Stage Name: Kanon
Debut: July 2002
Birthdate: 9 March 1980
Birthplace: Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Blood Type: O
Label: Sony Music Japan International
Kanon is a singer-songwriter born in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area in Japan. Her musical education overseas led her to develop a more western taste in music, which is evidently reflected in her music and composition style. Her debut in July of 2002 marked the beginning of what still is a colorful career and the revelation of an exceptionally unconventional genre in Japan – ‘New Age’.
Wings to Fly~Tsubasa wo Kudasai
Though born in Japan, Kanon lived much of her childhood away from home. Growing up in a western world led her to pick up many such habits and customs, one of which includes a fluent tongue in English. She began participating in a choir at age 13, in which she acquired a fair amount of interest in classical vocalization as well as vocal technique. Kanon grew to appreciate famous composers such as Handel and Chopin. Little did she know that this timely love of classical music would mature and blossom into what will become the cornerstone of her career as an artist.
She debuted in July 2002 with her first live performance shortly after graduating the College of Music in Queensland, Australia. A year later, Kanon released [Alleluia], a mini-album containing various songs in her own piano self-accompaniment. That same year she was invited to perform live in Russia at the Moscow Baptist Church, the Red-Plaza stage, and at a home for the elderly. She was very popular with the crowds and was deemed a highly regarded Japanese representative. The first year-and-a-half of her career proved to be a fantastic display of vocal prowess, but also, in particular, lacked in original compositions. It wasn’t until February of 2004 when Kanon released the album [Hymn of Grace], this one being the first to include songs written and composed by her. Prior to this release she solely sang covers of songs (usually ones that fall under the category of popular folk songs) indigenous to various regions of the world.
Equipped with a beautiful face and a voice to match, Kanon aspired to reach the pinnacle of her potential, possibly out of a desire to far exceed the positive feedback from listeners all around the world. They say her voice is “one that heals,” which is an accurate description considering her soothing vocals and extensive range. Sony Music Japan International recognized her talents and together they released her first single [KISEKI Song of Love] in October 2004.
The following year was busy, portentous to Kanon’s promotion now that she had her newly signed contract under Sony Music. June of 2005 opened up with her album [Primary Flowers] as well as an invitation to sing Japan’s national anthem during the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany-Asia public showing. She ended the year with a flowering demonstration and a live performance in Tokyo in October. The release of her mini-album [Destiny] was complement to this display.
In 2006, Kanon released three singles [Kokoro], [My Destiny/Serenade], and [Brand New Breeze]. Her December album [Sanctuary] became the accumulation of her 2006 work with a few new additions. Kanon was invited to perform at MIDEM 2007 opening the 2007 year in January as Japan’s representative; this was very much an honor as it was enjoyable for her. Even after the significant privileges and eulogies bestowed unto Kanon, her style still reflects that of her essence – contemporary classical.
Tie-ins are also a part of Kanon’s routine and plays in her overall promotion. Her song “Brand New Breeze” is being used in the opening sequence of the current anime Kiniro no Corda ~primo passo~. In the videogame industry, one of Kanon’s most well-known endeavors is her collaboration with avex trax to aid in the completion of Namco’s RPG Tales of Legendia, in which she sung as lead vocalist in a few of the games’ tracks. In fact, visiting the provided link will direct you to the game’s official site, where a sample of one of those songs can be heard. One song in particular from the [Tales of Legendia Original Soundtrack], “Tori wa Naki, Boku wa Utau” (“The Bird Chirps, I Sing”), has captivated fans across the globe, thus increasing the number of listeners to what it is today.
Tori wa Naki, Boku wa Utau
No one can deny that Kanon is a talented vocalist; what she sometimes lacks in originality she makes up for in vocal power. She does a superb job arranging covers for popular foreign music, and performs even better when she composes her own songs. Perhaps it isn’t apparent enough on the first hearing, but one could distinguish similarities between Kanon’s voice and that of the highly acclaimed artist Utada Hikaru. Kanon’s voice truly is “one that heals” and never ceases to amaze listeners of all tastes and preferences how water-like in quality it proves to be.