Naseem Murakami, stage name Breeze, derived from the term “Gentle Cool Breeze” which is the Arabic translation of her birth name, was born in Japan where she grew up in Tokyo. Exhibiting a love and talent for music at a very early age, Naseem’s Mother describes “When she was a toddler she was always singing and dancing in front of the TV as she watched star’s performing. We knew right away that we had a very talented daughter”.
Developing her passion for music as a young child, Breeze took classical piano lessons and was the keyboard player and a lead singer in her High School Band. She later worked as a professional singer and performer doing cover songs at night clubs. She also had her own band which performed at various venues and University festivals in Japan. In 1997 she decided it was time to take a serious step in her already-successful musical career when she moved to the United States taking her career determination and enormous talents with her. She currently resides and performs out of Southern California.
Once in the US, Breeze continued writing and performing her own brand of stylish Soul, R&B, and Jazz. Collaborating with many local artists and musicians along the way, they performed a wide variety of showcases and venues from Los Angeles to New York. She also caught the attention of a few established major record producers who wound up co-producing a lot of her demos.
Breeze cites many artists who have influenced her musical style and is quick to point out Anita Baker as her biggest influence since high school. Others include Dee Dee Bridge, Water, Ella Fitzgerald, George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire, Incognito, Tania Maria, Maxwell, Kem, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. In the “Sounds Like” category, “Sade” is the overwhelming pick amongst her fans. When asked if her music comes from within or from what she observes around her, Breeze had no hesitation with her reply; “I believe that I’m just a receiver and a transmitter receiving inspiration from above. It's always a divine experience when it starts flowing into and out of me”.
In 2009 Breeze was discovered by Smooth Jazz artist, a French guitarist U-Nam who‘s known by his #1 hit single “Street Life”. Breeze was invited as a guest performer on U-Nam’s shows performing along with the world class musicians here in Southern California. Most recently in 2010 her TV appearance on Wake Up! TV. Breeze performed live with her band and it is currently airing on Transit TV, Los Angeles and Pasadena Community Network, Pasadena, CA.
This young talented artist’s one desire as a live performer and recording artist is her sincere wish to make her audience feel uplifted, inspired and just plain old feeling-good after leaving a “Breeze” performance. Apparently DJ Big Cal of Radio station WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island, New York agrees that her music does just that -- having given this opulent young artist the honor of airplay on his popular local radio show.
When asked if she could have increasing commercial success and still retain her artistic integrity, Breeze states, “Being true to my self is very important to me and something that I will not give up -- even if I am missing out on some huge opportunity”.
Aside from being a very talented singer/songwriter and live performer, Breeze’s other passion is in humanitarian missions which include active involvement and volunteering in the local and international communities. She continues to envision with her philanthropic mission through her music.