For Miray, music has always been a family affair. Growing up listening to her Jazz pianist mother and acclaimed Detroit–native Jazz/Motown guitarist father, Miray developed a strong interest in music from a young age. “I’d have music for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” laughs Miray.
Miray’s draws inspiration from genres including Jazz (Dianne Reeves, Molly Johnson) Motown soul (Whispers, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire) and old school R&B as well as vintage synthpop and jpop (Tommy February)—yet her greatest musical influence continues to be her parents.
As for Miray’s music, like her multicultural background it is quite difficult to label her songs into a single category. Her style fuses elements of 70’s and 80’s motown and synthpop, cleverly calling her songs as ‘Mopop.’ Miray’s creative approach in songwriting reflects the interesting environment she was raised in, for her artistic expression combines the beauty and subtle nuance of the east, with the bold excitement of the west. Although Miray’s upbringing has certainly been unique, her idea of “sense of belonging” has always been a challenging theme throughout her life. In her music, Miray wishes to share her experience —in both English and Japanese—and her global mindset in the hope that she will connect with a wide range of audiences around the world, while representing herself as an artist without borders.