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|Birth name||Sayuri Sugawara|
June 29, 1990 |
Yokote, Akita, Japan
|Labels||For Life Music (2008–2013)|
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.
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 Juri Ueno. 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 Kasoken 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 Toho, Kitasato and Momoyama Universities.
Sugawara released her second album, Open the Gate, on November 14, 2010.
- Kimi ni Okuru Uta (mini-album) (2009)
- First Story (2010)
- Close to You (mini-album) (2010)
- Forever (mini-album) (2011)
- Open the Gate (2012)
- 「ファイナルファンタジー」シリーズ最新作「FINAL FANTASY XIII」のテーマソングが、菅原紗由理に決定！ | SQUARE ENIX
- Sugawara, Sayuri (February 2, 2014). "メジャーアーティストを辞めました。メジャーデビューから、インディーズデビューをもくろむ話。". Storys.jp. Retrieved February 3, 2014.