Himeka

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Himeka
Himeka and conductor Yukihiro Notsu in Tallinn Maritime Days
Himeka and conductor Yukihiro Notsu in Tallinn Maritime Days, July 2011
Background information
Birth name Catherine St. Onge
Born (1981-07-20) July 20, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Quebec, Canada
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 2009–present
Labels Sony Music Japan International (2009-2012)
Mages./amuleto (2012-2014)
Website www.himeka.info

Catherine St. Onge (born July 20, 1981), better known by her stage name Himeka, is a French Canadian singer active in Japan.

Biography[edit]

At the age of 15, Himeka's interest in Japanese culture began to develop when she saw an episode of Sailor Moon.[1] In 2008, she moved to Japan in order to pursue a singing career.[2] She was the winner of the Second Annual Animax Anison Grand Prix, which gathers aspiring singers from all over Japan for the chance to make a professional debut and sing a theme song in an anime television show.[3] Her debut single "Asu e no Kizuna", released on May 27, 2009, was the opening theme to the anime adaptation of the PlayStation 3 video game Valkyria Chronicles.[4] The single debuted at number 28 on the Oricon single charts.[5]

Her second single was titled "Hatenaki Michi", and was released on November 25, 2009.[6] It was the featured ending song for a new anime named Tegamibachi. The singled peaked at number 33 on the weekly Oricon chart.[7][8]

Himeka, Yukihiro Notsu and Suomen Nuoriso-Orkesteri at Finncon/Animecon 2011 in Finland

Himeka's first cover album, Anison: Utattemita, was released on 3 March 2010.[9] Her third single, "Mirai e...", was released on May 26, 2010. It was featured as the ending theme in the anime Senkō no Night Raid.[10] Himeka's first digital single, "La la la, Sekai o Hitotsuni", was released on July 2010. The song was an official support song for the World Cosplay Summit 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.[11]

Himeka's first original album titled "Himekanvas" has been released on November 31, 2011 and includes all her released singles, seven original songs and two cover songs.[12] On 12 February 2012, Himekagave her first solo live concert in the Shibuya Boxx hall.[13] The concert sold out.[14]

On 1 July 2012, Himeka confirmed that, in April 2012, she had moved to a new label named Mages./amuleto (5pb.).[15] Later, it was confirmed that she would release a new single named "Where I Belong" scheduled to be released on 24 October 2012.[16] The song would be the ending theme for a series named Audrey no Kami Appli Shin Seiki Up Date. On April 1, 2014, it was announced that she was no longer signed to a label.[17] On her twitter, she did express that she will continue to pursue a career in music. [18]

It was announced not long after, that she was releasing a song under the name AG7 with 7 other Animax Anison Grand Prix winners. The song is named Endless Nova and is going to be released on July 23, 2014. It will be included on a single released by the latest Anison Grand Prix winner named Tatsuyuki Kobayashi.[19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Cover albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Digital singles[edit]

  • 2010: "La La La (Sekai o Hitotsu ni)" (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official website profile" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  2. ^ "J!-ENT interviews Himeka by J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith". Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  3. ^ "27-Year-Old Canadian Wins Animax's Singing Contest". 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Canada's St. Onge to Sing Valkyria Anime's Theme Song". 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Asu e no Kizuna" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  6. ^ Sony Music Japan International (2009). "Official website" (in Japanese). Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ Sony Music Japan International (2009). "Official website" (in Japanese). Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Tegamibachi official website" (in Japanese). 浅田弘幸/集英社・テガミバチ製作委員会・テレビ東京. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  9. ^ Sony Music Japan International (2010). "Official website" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  10. ^ Himeka (2010). "Official blog". Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ Himeka (2010). "Official blog of Himeka". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Sony Music Japan International (2011). "Official website of Himeka". Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Sony Music Japan International (2012). "Official website of Himeka". Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Sony Music Japan International (2012). "Official website of Himeka". Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  15. ^ Sony Music Japan International (2012). "Official website of Himeka". Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Cdjapan (2012). "Cdjapan Whre I Belong". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  17. ^ https://twitter.com/HlMEKA/status/450960774819622914
  18. ^ Japanator (2014). "Japanator - Himeka no longer signed with label". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  19. ^ Avex Trax (2014). "Avex Trax - Tatsuyuki Kobayashi official website". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 

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