Fayray

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Fayray
Birth name Minako Ōhashi
大橋 美奈子 (Ōhashi Minako)
Born (1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 38)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop, rock, jazz, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actress
Years active 1998–present
Labels Antinos Records (1998-2001)
Avex Trax (2001-2003)
R and C (2004–present)
Website www.fayray.net

Fayray (フェイレイ Feirei?), stylized as FAYRAY, is a female Japanese singer-songwriter and former actress. She made her debut in July 1998 with the single "Taiyō no Gravity". She grew up in the United States and speaks English.

Biography[edit]

Fayray is the middle child of a family of three daughters (her elder sister, Rio Kinatsu (ja), is a Japanese radio personality and tarento). During her childhood, she listened to American music from the 70s and 80s with her parents which had a big influence on her musical style. At age 4 she began playing classical piano.

Fayray was discovered by then-producer Hiroshi Ōsaki (ja), now vice-president of Yoshimoto Kogyo, and landed a recording contract with the now-defunct Antinos Records label.

After one album, Craving, produced by dance music producer Daisuke Asakura, Fayray opted to take full creative control over her music and began writing and composing her own music. She wrote the two b-sides of her fifth single, "Same Night, Same Face" before self-producing her next single, "My Eyes", and all of her subsequent records.

Fayray has also forayed into acting, appearing in two TV dramas in 2000: Nisennen no Koi (starring Miho Nakayama and Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Densetsu no Kyōshi (starring SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai).

In 2006, she traveled to New York in search of new ideas to create her ideal music. There she met avant-garde producer Dougie Bowne and produced two albums with him.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Fayray discography

Filmography[edit]

  • 2000: Nisennen no Koi — Naomi Nagin
  • 2000: Densetsu no Kyōshi — Yuki Osawa
  • 2001: Happiness — Lead role
  • 2001: Ashita ga Aru Sa — Herself

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