Emi Maria

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Emi Maria
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Emi Maria performing at the Hibiki Music Festival 2009.
Background information
Born (1987-06-09) June 9, 1987 (age 29)
Papua New Guinea
Origin Kobe, Japan
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2006–present
Labels Freest Inc. (2007)
K.S.R. (2008)
Victor Entertainment (2009 – present)
Associated acts DJ Komori, Hannya, I-Dea, Jay'ed, L-Vokal, MC Moggy, Seeda, Tomogen, Urali, Wolf Pack
Website emimaria.com

Emi Maria, stylized as EMI MARIA, (born June 9, 1987) is a Japanese Papua New Guinean R&B singer-songwriter. She debuted in 2007 with the EP Between the Music.


Emi Maria was born in 1987 in Papua New Guinea.[1] Her father is Papua New Guinean, while her mother is Japanese.[1] She spent the first five years of her life in Papua New Guinea, before moving to Kobe in Japan.[1]

She first started listening to R&B at 6 due to her sister, listening to such artists as Janet and Michael Jackson, and K-Ci & JoJo.[2] She began writing lyrics in junior high school.[1] By high school, she had started writing music and producing her own tracks.[1] She participated in the MTV Star Tour, and started performing lives in the Kansai area from 2006 onwards.[3] In 2007, she started appearing on many different Japanese urban artists' albums as a guest artist, such as Seeda and MC Moggy.[4]

In 2007, Emi Maria released her first EP, Between the Music on Freest Inc., a label she had created for herself.[1] Her debut single "I Gotta (Summer Kiss)" was picked as the iTunes Japan single of the week in August 2008.[5]

She debuted as a major label artist in 2009, with the release of a digital dingle "One Way Love" under Victor Entertainment.[1] During this time, she had some of her highest profile collaborations. "Luv Is..." was a song Emi Maria performed with R&B singer Jay'ed, which features on his top 10 album Musication.[6] In December, she had her first top 10 hit, as a featured artist on Seeda's single "Wisdom", which reached number 8 on the Oricon singles charts.[6] After the release of her first physical single in 2010, "Show Me Your Love", Emi Maria released her first major label album, Contrast.[1]



Year Album information Oricon
2008 A Ballad of My Own 44
2010 Contrast
  • Released: March 3, 2010
  • Label: Victor Entertainment (VICL-63538)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2011 Blue Bird
  • Released: March 9, 2011
  • Label: Victor Entertainment (VICL-63712)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
2007 Between the Music
  • Released: October 24, 2007
  • Label: Freest Inc. (FRUR-001)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2008 iTunes Live from Tokyo
  • Released: October 8, 2008
  • Formats: Digital download
2010 Cross Over
  • Released: November 17, 2010
  • Label: Victor Entertainment (VICL-63685)
  • Formats: CD, digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Album
Oricon Singles Charts Billboard Japan Hot 100 RIAJ digital tracks*
2008 "I Gotta (Summer Kiss)" Appears as a remix on album A Ballad of My Own
"Ai to Yume no Aida de" (愛と夢のあいだで?, "In Between Love and Dreams") Radio single, music video filmed 55
2009 "One Way Love" Digital download 37 Contrast
2010 "Show Me Your Love" 141 27 31
"We Standing Strong" feat. Jay'ed Digital download
"Summer Night Bxxxh / Change My Life (Red Spider Dub)"
"Mr. Alien" Cross Over
"Mirror" Cross Over/Blue Bird
"Nobody Like You"
2011 "A.S.A.P. (Imasugu ni Kaketsukete)" (A.S.A.P.~今すぐに駆けつけて?, "Run to Me A.S.A.P.") Blue Bird
"—" denotes that the song was not released in that format, or it did not chart.
*Japan Hot 100 established February 2008, RIAJ Digital Track Chart established April 2009.

As featured artist[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Album
Oricon Singles Charts Billboard Japan Hot 100 RIAJ digital tracks
2008 "Flash"
DJ Komori feat. Chie (Foxxi Misq), Emi Maria
Digital download What's R&B?
2009 "Wisdom"
Seeda feat. Ill-Bosstino, Emi Maria
8 Seeda Best

Other appearances[edit]

Release Title Notes Album
2007 "In da Club"
Tomogen feat. Emi Maria, GS (Doberman Inc.), Yūgi (Infumiaikumiai)
06 Out Side
I-Dea (performed by Emi Maria)
Deniece Williams cover Re;cover
"Tropical" (トロピカル Toropikaru?)
MC Moggy feat. Wolf Pack, Emi Maria
2008 "2 My Fans"
10forefdee feat. Kayzabro, Emi Maria
104: 4 Japanese
"Tropical" (トロピカル Toropikaru?)
Wolf Pack feat. MC Moggy, Emi Maria
Gold Experience
"Yume no Konseki" (夢の痕 Dream Traces?)
Background vocals. Doctor Tokyo
L-Vokal feat. Emi Maria
2009 "Luv Is..."
Jay'ed feat. Emi Maria
"My Life Is One Way..."
Urali feat. Emi Maria
"2 My Fans" (Live)
10forefdee feat. Kayzabro, Emi Maria
DVD release. 10forefdee Release Tour Final
"I Gotta (Winter Kiss)" (Live)
Emi Maria


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "EMI MARIA / エミ マリア" (in Japanese). EmiMaria.com. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  2. ^ "EMI MARIA インタビュー" (in Japanese). Hotxpress. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  3. ^ "EMI MARIA - アーティスト情報" (in Japanese). Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  4. ^ "JBOOK:商品検索 EMI MARIA" (in Japanese). JBook. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  5. ^ "iTunes presents LIVE from Tokyo EMI MARIA" (in Japanese). iTunes. 2008-09-15. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  6. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-02-27.  (subscription only)

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