Chisato Moritaka

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Chisato Moritaka
森高千里
Born (1969-04-11) April 11, 1969 (age 45)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres J-pop, alternative pop
Occupations Singer, drummer
Years active 1987–present
Labels zetima, Warner Music Japan
Website Up-Front Agency Profile
External video
Watarasebashi in 1993(Chisato Moritaka Official YouTube Channel)

Chisato Moritaka (森高千里 Moritaka Chisato?) (born April 11, 1969) is the stage name of Chisato Eguchi (江口 千里?), a Japanese pop-music performer who also is notable as an actress and song writer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born as Chisato Eguchi in Osaka, Japan she was raised in Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan. Her big break into show business was as the winner of the "Pocari Sweat Image Girl Contest" in 1986.

Her singing career as the unrivaled "Dance Queen" began in May 1987 with the release of her first album, New Season. She differed from many other female Idol Singers in Japan in that she wrote her own lyrics and some music for her albums. She also played drums on most of the tracks, as well as piano, guitar, clarinet, and other instruments. Her advertising jingles were hits into the mid 1990s in television commercials for such goods as chocolate and gin. She has also made numerous appearances on Japanese game and talent shows and is still a household name. In twelve years after her debut she released seventeen albums and created a strong following of devoted fans. She collaborates with Haruomi Hosono on some Hosono's works.

After an eight-year hiatus from public life, Moritaka sang a song produced for a Nissan automobile commercial in early 2007.[2] She also returned to public performance in late 2012, even releasing a 25th anniversary concert on DVD and premiering her own channel on YouTube, which featured both promotional videos of her hits as well as re-recorded versions of those hits.

She is married to actor Yōsuke Eguchi, with whom she has a son and a daughter.

Albums[edit]

Album Release date Oricon rank achieved
New Season July 25, 1987
Mīhā
(ミーハー)
March 25, 1988 12
Romantic
(ロマンティック)
July 10, 1988 14
Mite
(見て) (Look)
November 17, 1988 5
Hijitsuryokuha Sengen
(非実力派宣言)
July 25, 1989 2
Moritaka Land
(森高ランド)
Compilation
December 10, 1989 2
Kokon Tozai
(古今東西) (All Times and Places)
October 17, 1990 1
The Moritaka
(ザ・森高)
Remix compilation
July 10, 1991 2
Rock Alive March 25, 1992 3
Pepperland
(ペパーランド)
November 18, 1992 5
Lucky 7 May 10, 1993 3
Step by Step July 25, 1994 3
Do the Best
Compilation
March 25, 1995 2
Taiyo July 15, 1996 3
Peachberry July 16, 1997 4
Kotoshi no Natsu wa More Better
(今年の夏はモアベター) (This Summer will be Even Better)
May 21, 1998 10
Sava Sava September 9, 1998 7
The Best Selection of First Moritaka (1987–1993)
Compilation
February 15, 1999 6
Mix Age*
Remix compilation
November 3, 1999 30
Harvest Time November 27, 1999 82
My Favorites
Compilation
November 26, 2004 63

Covers by other artists[edit]

In 2004, Chisato Moritaka's song "Watarasebashi" was covered by Hello! Project solo artist Aya Matsuura. It was released as her 15th single.

In 2006, singer Abe Natsumi did a remake of her 1988 hit "Za Sutoresu (The Stress)."

In 2013, the girl group Cute covered the songs "Kono Machi", "Ame", and "Hae Otoko". The 3 songs were released on Cute's single "Kono Machi" on February 6, 2013.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kyoto Sangyo University guide to famous Japanese personages
  2. ^ http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/f-et-tp0-20070515-199089.html
  3. ^ "℃-uteニューシングル「この街」は全曲森高千里カバー". Natalie (in Japanese). 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 

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