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|Birth name||Sayuri Sugawara|
June 29, 1990 |
Yokote, Akita, Japan
|Labels||For Life Music|
Sayuri Sugawara (菅原 紗由理 Sugawara Sayuri , born June 29, 1990) is a Japanese singer. She is known outside of Japan mostly for the song "Because You're Here" (君がいるから Kimi ga Iru Kara ), the theme song for the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII.
In January 2008, Sayuri Sugawara participated in the "7 Days Audition" and the "30 Days Audition". She won both auditions and received a contract with For Life Music Entertainment. On December 17, 2008, Sugawara released her first song digitally through Chaku Uta; Destiny is sampled from Franz Liszt's classical masterpiece Liebesträume and featured rapper Feros. In April 2009, Sugawara released her debut mini-album, Kimi ni Okuru Uta.
Following the digital success of her debut song, Sugawara released her debut single Ano Hi no Yakusoku on September 30, 2009. On September 3, 2009, at the Final Fantasy XIII premiere, it was announced that she would perform its theme song, Kimi ga Iru Kara. Composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Sugawara performed the song with a live orchestral accompaniment at the premiere. A single for Kimi ga Iru Kara was released on December 2, two weeks before the release date of Final Fantasy XIII.
Her first album, First Story, was released on January 27, 2010. And peaked at number 14 on the Oricon charts, selling 10,217 copies. Sugawara's third single, Sunao ni Narenakute, released May 19, 2010 was used as the insert song for the drama of the same title: Sunao ni Narenakute, starring Eita and Ueno Juri. Also on September 1, 2010, Sugawara's fourth single, "Suki to Iu Kotoba", was used as the theme song to the 2010 version of the drama; Kasouken no Onna. On October 16 and 24, Sugawara held her first live tour at Shinsaibashi and Shibuya Club Quattro titled "Sugawara Sayuri Live Tour - The One". And also held school festival live tours in November at Touhou, Kitasato and Momoyama Universities.