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Genre: Alternative Rock, Blues/R&B, Country, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Solo, Soul/Gospel

Website: http://www.aikahirahara.com

MP3 (click name to download; click player to stream):
You Told Me You Loved Me

Sinking-Caress Me-



Daughter of legendary saxophone player Makoto Hirahara (Columbia Records Japan) and sister of Japanese pop star Ayaka Hirahara , aika (Aika Hirahara) began playing the saxophone while growing up in Tokyo. aika's love for music led her to pursue a Music Degree at Berklee College Of Music in Boston.

While at Berklee, aika discovered that singing and songwriting were her true passion and shortly after completing her degree, she released her debut album “Ai-Wo” from EMI records, which reached the top 10 Japanese radio charts, to thunderous reviews.

aika's highlight performances include Osaka Jo Hall (Japan) where she performed in front of more than 10,000 people, The European Jazz Festival (with Romain Collin Trio), Orchard Hall, Ayaka Hirahara's Dream Night, JZ Brat (with special guests Marty Friedman from the award winning band Megadeth), Rockwood Music Hall in NY, Googie's Lounge/The Living Room NY and Paradise Rock Club in Boston.
In December of 2009 aika co-wrote the song “Path Of Independence” for Japanese pop star Ayaka Hirahara which hit the charts at number 6, turned Gold and is now going for Platinum.

On December 23rd 2009 aika released her new CD single “aika”, featuring the songs “You Told Me You Loved Me” and “Sinking – Caress Me”, with award winning Producer/Arranger Nicolas Farmakalidis and Grammy award-winning Mix Engineer/Producer Dave Reitzas.

Aika's full-length album is scheduled for release in May 2010.

from the press:

Newcomer aika. aika has a warm voice and she is “the new standard”. She has attracted attention as a vocalist who has an original power of expression. Feel her warmth and dignified expression. – Yahoo! Music-

Jazzy and folky. aika’s vocal is sweet to your ears. Her voice is like a gentle ray from the obscured sky and like cotton. Unique and smooth - that reminds me of Rickie Lee Jones and Norah Jones. –CD Journal-