Kylee

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Kylee
Kylee at 2012 J-Pop Summit Festival
Kylee at 2012 J-Pop Summit Festival
Background information
Also known as Kylee
Born (1994-05-25) May 25, 1994 (age 20)
Origin Chandler, Arizona, U.S.
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer
Years active 2008–present
Labels DefStar Records (present)
RX-Records
UK Project Inc.
Associated acts Orianthi
Website www.kylee.jp/

Kylee Saunders (born May 25, 1994), better known mononymously as Kylee, is a Japanese American singer. She is signed onto Sony Music Japan's DefStar Records label.

Early life and career[edit]

Kylee was born in Chandler, Arizona to an American father and Japanese mother,[1] Kylee became interested in singing thanks to the influence of her father and was exposed to singing from an early age, dreaming of becoming a singer and often performing in front of crowds. She has a younger sister and a younger brother. When she was eleven years old, she passed an audition to perform the national anthem at the opening segment of an NBA game, earning a standing ovation.[1][2] Soon after, this performance earned her the interest of music producers and she was signed onto the independent label RX-Records.[1] Kylee attended Stoller Middle School in Portland, Oregon until 2007 when she returned to Arizona. Kylee has recently graduated from Hamilton High School.[3] She is expected to graduate from Stanford University in 2016.[4]

On October 17, 2008, "Vacancy" was released in the United States as a digital single.[5] Under RX-Records, she released her first single "Vacancy" on December 3, 2008, which was featured as the ending theme to the Sony Computer Entertainment anime series, Xam'd: Lost Memories.[1] On March 24, 2010 Kylee released her major debut single under Sony Music Japan's label DefStar Records, titled "Kimi ga Iru Kara" (キミがいるから?, "Because You Are Here"), which was featured as the theme song to the 2010 film Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, a Japan-America co-production in which she also gave a cameo performance.[6][7] Her second major label single, Missing/It's You, is slated for release on July 7, 2010, with "Missing" being the second opening theme song to the Bones and Stan Lee anime Heroman. She will also perform as one of the opening acts for the 2010 Summer Sonic Festival, playing on the Urban/Dance Stage.[8] This was followed by her single "Everlasting", the theme song for the second episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series.[9] Kylee appeared on NBC's Today in the United States on May 13, 2011, where she was interviewed by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before she performed her fourth major single "Never Give Up".[10] Kylee performed at Otakon 2011 on July 31, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland and had her US concert debut.[11] Her fifth major single, "CRAZY FOR YOU" was released on October 5, 2011 and used in the Nissen 2011 Fall TV commercial. Now Kylee is going to release her new debut album "17" 2011.11.23, with the song "brand new wave" ft. Orianthi. She also did a duet with Sam Tsui as of May 2013.

Discography[edit]

The RX-Records era (2008–2009)[edit]

Single[edit]

Release Date Title Notes EP
Year Month/Day
2008 December 3 "Vacancy" \cdot the ending theme to the anime Xam'd: Lost Memories
\cdot the coupling tracks "Justice" "Plan B"
\cdot The title track is available download on USA iTunes[5]
Kylee meets Xam'd: Lost Memories (DefStar Records)

EP[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
Year Month/Day
2009 March 4 Love Kicks... \cdot including "You Get Me", "Empty Handed" & more

The DefStar Records era (2009 – )[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release Date Title Notes Album
Year Month/Day
2010 March 24 "Kimi ga Iru Kara" (キミがいるから) \cdot the theme song to the film Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
\cdot the coupling tracks "On My Own" "She Wishes"

17

July 7 "Missing / It's You" \cdot "Missing" is the 2nd opening theme to the TV anime series Heroman
\cdot the coupling track "Just Go"
October 27 "Everlasting" \cdot the theme to the 2nd episode of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
\cdot the coupling track "The Luckiest Girl in the World"
\cdot All tracks are available downloads on USA iTunes.[12]
2011 July 13 "Never Give Up"
October 5 "Crazy for You" 500,000 downloads[13]
2012 June 13 "Mirai" (未来) \cdot the theme song to the film シグナル~月曜日のルカ~
\cdot the coupling track "Feel"
2013 February 13 "Daisukinanoni" (大好きなのに) \cdot the second opening theme to the TV anime series Blast of Tempest
\cdot the coupling track "Anywhere"(the J-Melo's closing in Oct. – Dec. 2012)[14]

Digital Singles[edit]

Release Date Title Notes Album
Year Month/Day
2013 May 8 "Just Give Me a Reason" \cdot Pink featuring Fun's lead singer Nate Ruess cover
\cdot available download on iTunes Store all over the world
\cdot work with YouTube stars: Sam Tsui & Kurt Hugo Schneider[15]
\cdot released as Sam Tsui feat. Kylee under mudhutdigital.com[16]
July 1 "Crazy for You" (English Ver.) \cdot c/w two English cover anime songs. (Naruto & Rurouni Kenshin)
\cdot available on iTunes Store[17] & Amazon in 20 countries except Japan
August 7 \cdot for only Japan
\cdot c/w two English covers & one new heavy rock song "Don't Say Goodbye"[18]
October 7 "Wrecking Ball" \cdot Miley Cyrus cover
\cdot available download on iTunes Store all over the world
\cdot work with YouTube stars: Sam Tsui & Kurt Hugo Schneider
\cdot released as Sam Tsui feat. Kylee under mudhutdigital.com[19]

EPs[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
Year Month/Day
2009 July 29 Kylee meets Xam'd: Lost Memories \cdot including "Vacancy", "Just Breathe" & "Over U"
\cdot All songs are the ending themes to the anime Xam'd: Lost Memories
\cdot The EP had been printed in only 2 months[20][21]

Studio Albums[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
Year Month/Day
2011 November 23 (Japan)[22][23] 17 including "Unnoticed", "Yours Truly", "Brand New Wave" (ft. Orianthi) & more
2013 July 1 (20 other countries)[24]

Album appearances[edit]

Release Date Song Album Notes
Year Month/Day
2012 October 24 "My Generation" (Yui cover) She Loves You (A Tribute to Yui)[25] a new recording
2013 March 27 "Never Give Up" 女子力を磨く歌 (Girl Power Songs)(avex trax)[26] taken from 17
August 28 "One" Ivory7 Chord's the 2nd mini album Synesthesia (magnifique) only co-writing lyrics[27]

Live performances[edit]

Covers on YouTube[edit]

Kylee started a covers project on YouTube.[36]

Release Date Song Original Artists Notes
Year Month/Day
2013 May 15 "Just Give Me a Reason" Pink featuring Fun's lead singer Nate Ruess with Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider
August 26 "Come & Get It" Selena Gomez video director: Jerry Corria
October 5 "Clarity" Zedd featuring Foxes \cdot video director: Daisuke Okamoto
\cdot producer: Troy Laureta
October 6 "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus with Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider
November 28 "Young and Beautiful" remix Lana Del Rey \cdot video director: Ryusuke Okajima
\cdot produce & remix: Wiley Webb
\cdot vocal produce: Troy Laureta
\cdot remix & additional production: Thor Laewe
2014 January 11 "Story of My Life" / "Best Song Ever" Mash-Up One Direction \cdot video director: Tadashi Tawarayama
\cdot cover produce: Merchants Of Venice Entertainment (M.O.V.E)
January 23 "Mirrors" / "Stay" / "Holy Grail" Mash-Up Justin Timberlake / Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko / Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake \cdot director/editor: Ross Ching
\cdot music producer: PJ Bianco
February 4 "Let It Go" from Disney's film Frozen Idina Menzel / Demi Lovato \cdot video: Richard Frias
\cdot song producer: Troy Laureta
\cdot acoustic guitar: John Nott
February 10 Valentine's Day Love Medley!


Ne-Yo / Justin Bieber / Calvin Harris / Rihanna / Taylor Swift & more with Chester See & Kurt Schneider

Management[edit]

US and Japan Management = Antinos Management America Inc

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "14歳美少女歌姫カイリー、デビュー前から"メジャー級"" (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  2. ^ 2004 Portland Trail Blazers game. "Kylee at age 11 National Anthem NBA". Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Budding star sits in Hamilton High classroom". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  4. ^ Lee, Soo Ji (5 December 2012). "The Fresh Set: Kylee Saunders, Japanese pop star". The Stanford Daily. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Vacancy – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  6. ^ "堀北、松ケン、手越ら出演の映画主題歌を女子高生シンガーが担当! スクリーンデビューも". Hot Express (in Japanese). Livedoor. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  7. ^ "15歳の米在住女子高生シンガーが、映画『誰かが私にキスをした』主題歌&出演で異例のWデビュー!". Oricon (in Japanese). DeView. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  8. ^ "ナタリー – サマソニ第16弾でROCK'A'TRENCH、Droogら国内勢6組". July 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  9. ^ a b "J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith interviews Kylee (August 2011 J!-ENT Interview)". Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  10. ^ "Kylee / NEVER GIVE UP! (アーティスト特集) 歌詞検索サービス♪歌詞GET". Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Kylee to Perform at Otakon 2011". Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  12. ^ "Everlasting – EP". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  13. ^ "アメリカ在住女子高生シンガー、Kylee初のJAPAN TOUR大盛況でフィナーレ「また必ず帰ってくるから」". Barks (in Japanese). 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  14. ^ "New Song Project". J-MELO. NHK. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  15. ^ "Kylee 2週間で100万再生のコラボカバー動画が話題に". Billboard JAPAN (in Japanese). 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  16. ^ "Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Kylee) – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  17. ^ "Crazy for You – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  18. ^ "Crazy for You – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  19. ^ "Wrecking Ball (feat. Kylee) – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  20. ^ "アニメ『亡念のザムド』のED曲を歌うKyleeが番組とのコラボEPをリリース". CDJournal (in Japanese). 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  21. ^ "Kylee meets 亡念のザムド". Sony Music Online Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  22. ^ "Kylee 17". Sony Music Online Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  23. ^ "Kylee 17(初回生産限定盤)". Sony Music Online Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  24. ^ "Rising pop star in Japan makes U.S. debut at Yoshi's in Oakland". abc7news. ABC. 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  25. ^ "“メガネYUI”がリラックス「CHE.R.RY」ボサノバ風PV公開". Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  26. ^ "聴けば女子力アップ!コンピ「女子力を磨く歌」にカエラら". Natalie (in Japanese). 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  27. ^ "IVORY7 CHORD、新作『Synesthesia』より「ONE」のミュージック・ビデオを公開". RO69 (in Japanese). 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
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  29. ^ "サマソニ史上最年少、Kyleeのライヴに5000人". Barks (in Japanese). 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  30. ^ "Kylee LINEUP SUMMER SONIC 2010". The Official Website for SUMMER SONIC 2010 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  31. ^ "Kyleeがガールズアワードで圧巻の歌唱力を披露!". Cinema Today (in Japanese). 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  32. ^ "Kylee(カイリー)が7万人の前で生歌をパフォーマンス!!!". Music Lounge (in Japanese). 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  33. ^ "Lagoon Stage 8/11 土 ライブ速報 2日目". MTV Japan (in Japanese). 2012-08-11. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  34. ^ "Kylee Saunders (Kylee) – Interview Japan Expo 2013". Total Manga (in French). 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  35. ^ "KYLEE Live at J-POP Summit Festival & Exclusive Interview". GeekExchange.com. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  36. ^ "Kylee Channel Intro Video". YouTube. 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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