Rock singer MANAMI was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan where she still resides and performs. In September 2006, rock girl MANAMI (“angel” in Japanese) released her debut CD, “45-Lucky Girl” on the Mix record label. She regularly performs in venues around Tokyo, has acted in an independent film, and has appeared on American television (after being selected as a MySpace “Girl Of The Week”).
A self-described “rock-a-holic,” MANAMI knew she wanted to become a rock star when she was young. She enjoyed being in the public eye. Her grandmother used to take the youngster shopping with her, and invariably tourists would come up to the pair saying that MANAMI was very pretty and admiring her long, curly hair. They would ask her grandmother’s permission to take photos, and MANAMI enjoyed the attention. MANAMI also enjoyed music. She sang along with the radio as well as Japanese children’s television programs. MANAMI’s mother encouraged her daughter to sing, hoping the little girl would choose music as her profession.
Throughout her school years – kindergarten, elementary, junior high and high school – MANAMI participated in school music programs. At the age of 8, she started taking private piano lessons, and for the next three years performed classical recitals. She learned the timpani and drums, playing them in school bands. MANAMI then studied voice, songwriting and acting. At 16, she saw Aerosmith (often referred to as “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”) on television. She liked their music, especially Steven Tyler’s voice, and fell in love with rock and roll. MANAMI purchased Aerosmith CDs and videos, and studied their music. At 17, she learned acoustic guitar eventually changing to electric guitar. She also began writing her own rock songs. At first, MANAMI wrote in Japanese, but because she wanted her music to spread her music internationally, she studied and became fluent in English. Eventually she wrote all her songs in English.
From age 17 to 25, MANAMI was the vocalist for original and cover bands on the Tokyo club circuit. She knew she wanted to break out on her own – and she did get her lucky break. In 2005, a bass player introduced her to a guitarist named Taizo, a record producer and the owner of the Mix record label. MANAMI gave Taizo a demo, and he was impressed. Taizo immediately signed her to a record contract and management contract. MANAMI and Taizo collaborated for 15 months writing new songs for the “MANAMI Project.” The result was MANAMI’s rocking debut CD “45-Lucky Girl.” The album, released in September 2006, contains 12 original tunes co-written by MANAMI and Taizo. All the songs on “45-Lucky Girl” are in English, and reflect MANAMI’s dreams and ambitions, as well as love lost and found.
Songs from “45-Lucky Girl” have made their way around the globe. Critics and fans love MANAMI’s music. She has a successful MySpace page (www.myspace.com/manamimanamimanami). Fans have set up MySpace “street team” pages dedicated to her. On September 26, 2006, MANAMI was chosen as “MySpace Girl of the Week” and appeared on U.S. television network G4’s “Attack Of The Show” program taped in Tokyo. The television appearance opened up the door to many new American fans for MANAMI.
The title track of “45-Lucky Girl” has been featured as the ending theme song on the “Mr. Partner” radio program every Saturday morning on Tokyo’s FM-Fuji.
MANAMI and her band play in Japanese clubs, concerts and festivals, continuing to draw and enlarge her fan base.
MANAMI has also been profiled in several Japanese magazines, claiming the cover story of one of them.
In addition to her music career, MANAMI has acted in the independent film, “Last Stop For Paul” (Mandt Brothers) filmed, in part, in Tokyo in June 2005. MANAMI plays Detective Mana in the movie that is “a comedy about life, death and traveling the world.
As a result of the publicity surrounding MANAMI and “45-Lucky Girl,” Taizo has garnered interest from North America, Europe and the South Pacific. They have retained a U.S. booking agent and plans to tour the U.S. during the summer of 2007.
MANAMI’s strong, emotional songs, together with her spirited stage presence, make for a rockin’, kickin’ show. Don’t miss out on this “rock-a-holic”!