Kurumi Enomoto

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Kurumi Enomoto
Native name 榎本くるみ
Also known as Kurumi (くるみ?)
Born (1981-10-17) 17 October 1981 (age 35)
Nagoya, Japan
Genres J-Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Nagare Records (2002)
SME Records (2002–2003)
Across the Pop Records (2005)
For Life Music (2006-present)
Associated acts Bump of Chicken

Kurumi Enomoto (榎本 くるみ?, Enomoto Kurumi, born 17 October 1981), formerly known as Kurumi (くるみ?), is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She debuted in 2002 with the independently released single Moeru Taiyō (燃える太陽?, Burning Sun).[1] She is most well known for singing the ending theme song for the anime adaptation of the Namco role-playing video game Tales of the Abyss, "Bōken Suisei."

Biography[edit]

Enomoto was born in Nagoya.[1] She first gained an interest in music in late primary school. She joined the school band in her final year, and started listening to top 40-charts based Western music.[2] She was particularly impressed by Madonna, though also liked such music as hard-rock bands.[3] She wrote her first song on the piano in this period. It was called Maboroshi (?, Phantom) and it expressed much of the unhappiness she felt at the time.[3] She later resumed writing songs regularly when she was 19.[4]

Two years later in August 2002, Enomoto released her first single, "Moeru Taiyō," under the independent label Nagare Records with the mononym Kurumi (くるみ?).[1] It was sold exclusively at six Tower Records stores, and managed to chart at #3 on the Sapporo store's instore independent single charts, as well as #8 on the total single charts at the Nagoya Kintetsu Pass'e store.[1] In December of the same year, she debuted under SME Records as a major label artist. The first song she'd ever written, "Maboroshi," was released as her debut single, followed by "Color Ningen" in June. Neither single charted on Oricon charts' top 200 singles chart.[5] After performing at a few live events throughout 2003, Enomoto ceased activity under Sony.[1]

Enomoto did no musical activities in 2004, and in late 2005 released another independent single, "Yasashii Uta o Utaitai," under her full name. This led to her second major-label contract, this time with For Life Music. She re-debuted with the single "Kokoro no Katachi". Her music was most popular on Nagoya-based FM radio stations: her singles "Kokoro no Katachi" and "Uchiage Hanabi" reached #3 on the ZIP-FM airplay charts, and her third, "Rainbow Dust," reached #1.[6] "Rainbow Dust" was used as the theme song for the drama Sweets Dream. These were followed by her debut album, Notebook I: Mirai no Kioku.

From October 2007 until February 2008, Enomoto released three singles, released successively every two months. The last of these, "Mirai Kinenbi," shared the title of Enomoto's cellphone serialised novel, released through cellphone site Orion at the same time as the single.[7] The offer for Enomoto to write such a novel came to a surprise to her, as she was not an avid fiction reader, and did not consider herself to be an exceptional writer.[2]

Enomoto's break came in late 2008, when she teamed up with Bump of Chicken vocalist Motoo Fujiwara to write the ending theme song for the anime adaptation of the Namco role-playing video game Tales of the Abyss. The resulting song was "Bōken Suisei," which went on to reach #10 on Oricon's singles chart,[8] selling over 30,000 copies.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Information Chart positions
2007 Notebook I: Mirai no Kioku (NOTEBOOK I~未来の記憶~?, "Future Memories") 70
2009 Notebook II: Bōken Note-chū (NOTEBOOK II~冒険ノート中~?, "During Adventure Notes")
  • Released: January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21)
  • Label: For Life Music (FLCF-4268)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
43

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Information Chart positions
2009 Anata ni Tsutaetai (あなたに伝えたい?, "I Want to Tell You")
  • Released: October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21)
  • Label: For Life Music (FLCF-4296)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
131

Singles[edit]

Release Title Notes Oricon
singles
charts
Album
2002 "Moeru Taiyō" (燃える太陽?, "Burning Sun") Independent, released at six different
Tower Records stores
As Kurumi
"Maboroshi" (?, "Phantom") As Kurumi
2003 "Color Ningen" (カラー人間?, "Color People") As Kurumi
2005 "Yasashii Uta o Utaitai" (優しいうたをうたいたい?, "I Want to Sing a Kind Song") Independent
2006 "Kokoro no Katachi" (心のカタチ?, "Shape of My Heart") Notebook I: Mirai no Kioku
"Uchiage Hanabi" (打ち上げ花火?, "Skyrockets")
"Rainbow Dust" 99
2007 "Aisubeki Hito" (愛すべき人?, "Someone I Should Love") 199
"Real/She" (リアル/She?, Riaru) Notebook II: Bōken Note-chū
"Yūhi ga Oka/Minna Genki" (夕陽が丘/みんな元気?, "Sunset Hill/Everyone's Fine")
2008 "Mirai Kinenbi" (未来記念日?, "Future Day to Remember")
"Yesterdays (Taisetsu na Okurimono)" (イエスタデイズ~大切な贈りもの~?, "Yesterdays (Important Present)")
"Bōken Suisei" (冒険彗星?, "Adventure Comet") 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Sony Music Online Japan : くるみ : プロフィール". SME Records. 2003. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  2. ^ a b "インタビュー:榎本くるみ「結局は笑顔だった". Livedoor. 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  3. ^ a b 東條祥恵 (2006-10-11). "インタビュー:榎本くるみ「結局は笑顔だった". Barks. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  4. ^ 平賀哲雄 (2006-10-23). "榎本くるみ インタビュー". Hotexpress Music Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  5. ^ "くるみ PROFILE". Oricon. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  6. ^ "榎本くるみ │ FOR LIFE MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT,INC. プロフィール". For Life Music. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  7. ^ "榎本くるみ : 榎本くるみ、携帯小説の連載を開始 / BARKS ニュース". Barks. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  8. ^ "冒険彗星/榎本くるみ". Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  9. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2009-11-15.  (subscription only)

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