Ayaka Hirahara

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Ayaka Hirahara
Native name 平原 綾香
Also known as A-ya (あーや)
Born (1984-05-09) May 9, 1984 (age 30)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Japanese pop, classical
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, saxophone
Years active 2003–present
Labels Dreamusic (2003-2013)
Universal/EMI Japan (2013-present)
Website www.camp-a-ya.com

Ayaka Hirahara (平原 綾香 Hirahara Ayaka?, born May 9, 1984 in Tokyo) is a Japanese pop singer. She is affiliated with the Dreamusiclabel until 2013 when she moved to Universal Music Japan.

Biography[edit]

Hirahara comes from a musical family; her father, Makoto Hirahara, is a saxophone player, her grandfather, Tsutomu Hirahara, was a trumpet player,[1] and her older sister, Aika Hirahara, also is a singer under the EMI Music Japan label. Ayaka was a member of the Matsuyama Ballet for 11 years, beginning at age 6. She started playing saxophone when she was 13 years old, then learned classical saxophone at Senzoku Gakuen High School. Currently, she is studying in the Faculty of Jazz majoring in saxophone at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. Her first single, "Jupiter", was released in Japan in December 2003, and went on to be one of the biggest selling singles of 2004. The melody of the song is based on the "Jupiter" movement in The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. Similarly, the melody of her song, "Siciliana", is based on "Siciliano" by Johann Sebastian Bach.

She then released a series of classical themed My Classics albums from 2009 to 2011. She continued her career on Dreamusic until 2013. Shortly after, she moved to Universal Music Japan under Nayutawave Record and released her debut single on the Universal label, titled "Tsubasa" (Wing).[2] She is going to release another single, titled "Shine - 未来へかざす火のように" on November 13, 2013. The single is used for soundtrack of the Koei game Nobunaga's Ambition.[3] She is scheduled to release her debut album with Universal on December 4, 2013.[4] On November 1, Universal revealed the tracklist of Ayaka's new upcoming album (one of which is her cover version of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables ).[5] The aforementioned album reached #32 on Oricon Ranking.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Odyssey (2004)
  • The Voice (2004)
  • From To (2005)
  • Yottsu no L (2006)
  • Sora (2007)
  • Path of Independence (2008)
  • My Classics! (2009)
  • My Classics 2 (2010)
  • My Classics 3 (2011)
  • Doki! (2012)
  • What I Am[7] (2013)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Jupiter: Ayaka Hirahara Best (2008)
  • 10th Anniversary Singles Collection: Dear Jupiter (2013)

Theme songs[edit]

Hirahara's song Reset, from the album Yottsu no L was used in Capcom's 2006 title, Ōkami, as the ending song. An orchestral version, "Reset – Thank You Version", also was made by Hiroshi Yamaguchi.

Also appearing in the anime Saiunkoku Monogatari was Hirahara's song, "Hajimari No Kaze" (also from Yottsu no L). The song was used as the show's opening theme song for the two seasons that were aired.

Her version of the song "Tsubasa o Kudasai" appeared in episode 5 of the drama Orthros no Inu sung under the stage name Ray.

"Sailing My Life" (featuring label mate Norimasa Fujisawa), from the album "my Classics 2", is the official OST for the Japan release of the Disneynature film Oceans.[8]

Ayaka Hirahara recorded "The Name of Life" (いのちの名前 "Inochi no Namae"?) by Joe Hisaishi from the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away.

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