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Aya Kamiki

Aya Kamiki

Kamiki Aya (上木彩矢) is a Japanese pop and rock singer-songwriter previously signed under avex trax’s sub-label tearbridge productions and management of BOX CORPORATION. In 2011, Kamiki announced on her official blog that her album THE FINAL JOURNEY is her own “FINAL JOURNEY” under avex trax before returning to indies market, stating “rather than stop making music” she wants to “start making music with a stronger soul”.

Profile

  • Stage Names: Kurimu (久里夢) (2003), KLIM (2004), Kamiki Aya (上木彩矢) (2005 -)
  • Real Name: Tsukada Ayako (塚田綾子)
  • Birthday: September 10, 1985 (age 28)
  • Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan
  • Currently Live in: Osaka, Japan
  • Blood Type: B
  • Height: 166cm
  • Inspirational Artists: Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne

Information

Kamiki Aya held her first live while she was in junior high school and has been performing since a young age. Because of her love of punk rock, she learned the guitar which she incorporates into her music. Kamiki made her indie debut in 2003 with the single “Breath”. The single was released under For Life Music label and was credited to the stage stage name Kurimu (久里夢). Eight months later she released her first indies mini-album, W.H.Y? under a different stage name, KLIM.

In 2005, Kamiki left For Life Music and signed with another indie label, WEED records. Here she released two more mini-albums, but this time under her actual name. Not long after they were released, she signed with the major label GIZA studio and in 2006 debuted with the single, “Communication Break”. Over the next two months she released two more singles, and then came the release of her debut full-length album, Secret Code which made it into the top 10 on the Oricon. She also has been appearing in the magazine Kera since late 2005.

Early 2007, Kamiki was one of the winners of the 21th Japan Gold Disc Award’s New Artist of the Year.

In July 2006, Kaming, her official fan club, was created; however, when Kamiki changed labels to avex trax in July 2009, the fan club disappeared.

In 2011, Kamiki announced on her official blog that her album THE FINAL JOURNEY is her own “FINAL JOURNEY” under avex trax before returning to indies market, stating “rather than stop making music” she wants to “start making music with a stronger soul”.

Fall 2012, she is involved in the famous musical project RENT where she played the role of Maureen. No longer after she is announced to play the character of Roberta in the japanese adaptation of Zanna.

Trivia

  • “Kaming” is the name of her official fan club. (2006-2009)
  • Other than “Pierrot”, Aya has covered several B’z songs live.
  • Once at an interview, she claimed that she has to eat spicy food or else she’ll be in a bad mood.

Discography

Studio Albums

  • [2006.07.12] Secret Code
  • [2007.10.10] Ashita no Tame ni ~Forever More~ (明日のために ~Forever More~; For the Sake of Tomorrow ~Forever More~)
  • [2008.09.10] Are you happy now?
  • [2010.01.27] INDIVIDUAL EMOTION

Best Albums

Mini-Albums

  • [2004.03.24] W.H.Y? (KLIM) (indies)
  • [2005.05.25] CONSTELLATION (indies)
  • [2005.09.12] ROCK ON (indies)
  • [2010.08.11] Gloriosa
  • [2011.03.09] EVILÄLIVE

Singles

  • [2003.05.21] Breath (Kurimu) (indies)
  • [2006.03.15] Communication Break
  • [2006.04.12] Pierrot (ピエロ)
  • [2006.05.31] Mou Kimi Dake wo Hanashitari wa Shinai (もう君だけを離したりはしない; I Won’t Leave You Anymore)
  • [2006.11.01] Nemutteita Kimochi Nemutteita Kokoro (眠っていた気持ち 眠っていたココロ; Sleeping Feelings, Sleeping Heart)
  • [2007.05.23] Misekake no I Love you (ミセカケの I Love you; Pretense of I Love You)
  • [2007.07.25] Ashita no Tame ni (明日のために; For the Sake of Tomorrow)
  • [2008.03.05] SUNDAY MORNING
  • [2008.06.18] Kimi Sarishi Yuuwaku (君去りし誘惑; Leaving You the Temptation)
  • [2008.08.06] Summer Memories
  • [2008.12.03] Sekai wa Sore Demo Kawari wa Shinai (世界はそれでも変わりはしない)
  • [2009.11.11] W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~ (Kamiki Aya w TAKUYA)
  • [2010.07.14] Revolver
  • [2012.05.25] UNREAL
  • [2012.11.24] V/S

Compilation / Other

  • [2004.11.24] ZARD – Kyou wa Yukkuri Hanasou (#1 Kyou wa Yukkuri Hanasou) (Chorus)
  • [2005.09.07] ZARD – Kimi to no Distance (#4 Kyou wa Yukkuri Hanasou) (Chorus)
  • [2008.04.09] ZARD – Tsubasa wo Hirogete / Ai wa Kurayami no Naka de (#2 Ai wa Kurayami no Naka de featuring Kamiki Aya)
  • [2008.08.06] THE BEST OF DETECTIVE CONAN 3 (Disc 2 #7 Mou Kimi Dake wo Hanashitari wa Shinai)
  • [2008.12.24] GIZA studio 10th Anniversary Masterpiece BLEND ~LOVE Side~ (#6 Summer Memories)
  • [2008.12.24] GIZA studio 10th Anniversary Masterpiece BLEND ~FUN Side~ (#2 Pierrot)
  • [2011.04.27] KAMEN RIDER BEST 2000-2011 (Disc 1 #4 W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~)
  • [2011.10.12] GIZA studio presents -Girls- (Disc 1 #7 Pierrot, #8 Nemutteita Kimochi Nemutteita Kokoro)
  • [2011.12.14] THE BEST OF DETECTIVE CONAN 4 (#19 Summer Memories)
  • [2012.04.25] Hero Music All Stars – Jounetsu ~We are Brothers~