Sawa (singer)

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SAWA
Born (1983-15-02) March 2, 1983 (age 30)
Origin Japan
Genres Pop, electropop, trance, intelligent dance
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Stardust
2003-2004
Front Men Entertainment
2005-2006
Cyclops
2008-2009
Wint
2008-2009
Epic Records Japan
2009-2012
Bellwood Records
2012-present
Associated acts Takeshi Hanzawa, Ram Rider, Ryukyudisko
Website http://www.sa-world.net/

Sawa Kouchi (河内 沙和 Kouchi Sawa?, born November 6, 1983),[1] stylized SAWA, is a Japanese techno-pop singer and songwriter who debuted in 2008 on the indies label Cyclops. In 2009, she signed onto Sony Music Entertainment Japan and joined its sublabel, Epic Records.[2] In 2012 she switched to Bellwood Records and released her 6th mini-album, ソプラノレイン (Soprano Rain).[3]

Biography[edit]

SAWA first appeared in 2003 as a member of the group Jack Knife under Stardust Management.[4] The group performed cover routines live[5] and disbanded in April 2004 without releasing any material.

In 2005 SAWA began working with Front Men Entertainment under the name SK-V. Through 2005-2006 this name changed from SK-V to SK5 and finally Kouchi. Although no tracks were released from this partnership, a clip of 坂道 (Slope) is still featured on the Kouchi website today.[6] Titles thought to have been recorded under this label are 坂道 (Slope), メリーゴーランド (Merry Go-Round), Talking, Happiness, and In The Music.[7]

In 2008 she debuted on the indies label Cyclops and released two mini-albums. The first mini-album, Colors, was produced by Takeshi Hanzawa from FreeTEMPO and was released on June 18, 2008. Her second mini-album, Time & Space, was produced by a number of musicians, including Ram Rider, A Hundred Birds, and Kentaro Takizawa. It was released on December 10, 2008 on CD and on iTunes, where it topped the iTunes Music Store's dance chart in Japan.[8]

The following year, Sawa made her major label debut on Sony Music Entertainment Japan's sublabel, Epic Records, releasing two mini-albums, I Can Fly and Swimming Dancing. I Can Fly was released on July 22, 2009 with commercial tie-ins to MBS TV fashion program "Dress" and a summer commercial for Honda. The mini-album peaked at #145 on the Oricon charts and charted for one week.[9] Swimming Dancing was released on November 25, 2009 and reached a peak position of #210 on the Oricon, charting for one week.[10] A new mini-album titled あいにいくよ (Ai ni Ikuyo) was released on April 7, 2010 and saw SAWA working with producers Nawata Hisashi, Jazzin'park, Junya Ookubo Zyun (ANA) and RAM RIDER.[11]

SAWAs first full album title Welcome to Sa-World was released on July 7, 2010. The album featured 7 tracks produced by SAWA herself. After 2 digital download only singles, Mysterious Zone in December, 2012 and Good day Sunshine in May, 2012, SAWA released her 6th mini-album titled ソプラノレイン (Soprano Rain) on December 19, 2012. The first 5 tracks were produced by SAWA herself. The title track was used in the NHK TV show Minna no Uta.

Discography[edit]

Full Albums[edit]

  1. Welcome to Sa-World (July 7, 2010)
    1. Opening Ceremony ~Sa-Worldへようこそ~(-Welcome to Sa-World-)
    2. MerryGoRound
    3. Stars
    4. NightBus
    5. Chocolate Zone ~野生のSAWA~(-Wild SAWA-)
    6. ManyColors
    7. I'm a president
    8. Throw him away!
    9. Danger Zone ~逃げろ!危うしSa-World!~(-Run away! Dangerous Sa-World!-)
    10. Swimming Dancing
    11. Planet-T
    12. Friday Night
    13. Eat It All ~Live in Sa-World~
    14. I Can Fly
    15. あいにいくよ(I will go meet you)
    16. Dream about...
    17. Thank you for visiting ~My name is...~

Mini-Albums[edit]

  1. COLORS (June 18, 2008)
    1. ManyColors
    2. Blue
    3. Yellow
    4. Pink
    5. Green
    Produced by Takeshi Hanzawa (FreeTEMPO)
  2. TIME&SPACE (December 10, 2008)
    1. Stars (Produced by RAM RIDER)
    2. Discovery (Produced by Yukihiro Fukutomi)
    3. Metropolitan Museum(Produced by Nakatsuka Takeshi)
    4. Are You Ready For Love (Produced by A Hundred Birds)
    5. Space Travel (Produced by Kentaro Takizawa)
  3. I Can Fly (July 22, 2009)
    1. I Can Fly (Produced by Sound Around)
    2. Sing It Back (Produced by Yukihiro Fukutomi)
    3. NightDesert (Produced by Haioka (BREMEN))
    4. I Love You Always Forever (Produced by Masayuki Ishii (TICA/gabby & lopez))
    5. My Sunny Days (Produced by note native)
    6. Sing It Back -Extended Club Mix- Japanese Ver.
    7. Sing It Back -Extended Club Mix- English Ver.
    8. Sing It Back -Extended Club Instrumental-
    Tracks 6, 7 and 8 only included on Limited Edition copies
  4. Swimming Dancing (November 25, 2009)
    1. Swimming Dancing
    2. World-Wide Tea Party
    3. Swimming Dancing -RYUKYUDISKO Remix-
    4. World-Wide Tea Party -Kentaro Takizawa BIG ROOM Remix-
    5. ManyColors -Yukihiro Fukutomi Remix-
    6. Stars -Jazzin'park 31 good night Remix-
    7. Swimming Dancing -Extended Club Mix-
    8. Stars -Jazzin'park 31 good morning Remix-
    Tracks 7 and 8 only included on Limited Edition copies
    Produced by Taku Takahashi (M-Flo)
  5. あいにいくよ (Ai ni Ikuyo;I will go see you) (April 7, 2010)
    1. あいにいくよ (Ai ni Ikuyo) (Produced by Nawata Hisashi)
    2. Jet Coaster (Produced by Jazzin'park)
    3. サイダー (Cider) (Produced by Junya Ookubo Zyun (ANA)
    4. SuperLooper (Produced by RAM RIDER)
    5. Samba de Mar -Nakatsuka Takeshi Remix-
    Track 5 only included on Limited Edition copies
  6. ソプラノレイン (Soprano Rain) (December 19, 2012)
    1. Good day Sunshine
    2. Mysterious Zone
    3. Try Again!
    4. ハッピーバースデイ (Happy Birthday)
    5. NoLimit
    6. ソプラノレイン (Soprano Rain)
    7. 心の瞳 (The Eye of the Heart)

Recordings featured in[edit]

  • Gekkan Probowler's fourth album eRETRO
2. SUMMER OF LOVE
  • WIRED CAFE Music Recommendation Precious
8. Lovefool
9. Yuganda Futari (歪んだ二人; Distorded Us?)
  • Juicy Fruits
2. Raspberry Dream
  • Judy and Mary 15th Anniversary Tribute Album
5. RADIO
  • Sound Around's second album Every With You
4. Every With You feat.SAWA
  • GUNDAM 30th CUSTOM
8. Ima wa Oyasumi (いまはおやすみ; It's time to say good night now?)
  • Seaside Town
1. Samba De Mar
  • RYUKYUDISKO's fourth album Pleasure
4. SPLASH☆ feat.SAWA
  • Kentaro Takizawa's fourth album Big Room
9. Another Landscape feat. SAWA
11. Keep Love Together feat. The Big Room Family a.k.a. Mika Arisaka and Ryohei with Sawa, Mika Sawabe
  • Anan Ryoko's debut album Another Beginning
12. Dreaming feat. SAWA
16. Dreaming feat. SAWA -Japanese Ver.-
  • House Nation 3rd Anniversary
19. Swimming Dancing

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.frontmen.net/sk5.html
  2. ^ ""immi and SAWA make their major debut on the same day" on Mikan Music Network". mimu-net.net. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  3. ^ ((cite web | title = "Bellwood Records Release Index" on Bellwood Records | work = kingrecords.co.jp | url = http://cnt.kingrecords.co.jp/bellwood/release/index.php | accessdate = 2012-12-19 ))
  4. ^ "Jack Knife Archived Website". http://www.stardust.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2003-05-24. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  5. ^ "Jack Knife Live Report". http://itopix.jp/. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Kouchi Website". http://www.frontmen.net/. Retrieved 2010-02-14. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Kouchi Track Titles". myspace.com. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  8. ^ "Sawa official biography". sa-world.net. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  9. ^ "I Can Fly Oricon information". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Swimming Dancing Oricon information". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  11. ^ "あいにいくよ (Ai ni Ikuyo) Release information". sa-world.net. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 

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