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Kylee Saunders
Kylee at 2013 Japan Expo Paris
Kylee at 2013
Background information
Also known asKylee
Born (1994-05-25) May 25, 1994 (age 24)
Chandler, Arizona, United States
OriginPortland, Oregon, United States
GenresRock, pop
Years active2008–present
LabelsDefStar Records (present)
UK Project Inc.
Associated actsOrianthi

Kylee Saunders (born May 25, 1994), better known mononymously as Kylee, is a Japanese American singer. She is signed with Sony Music Japan's DefStar Records label.

Early life and career[edit]

Live at 2012

Kylee was born in Chandler, Arizona, to a British-American father and Japanese mother,[1] Her father inspired her to become a singer. She has a younger sister and a younger brother. When she was eleven years old, she passed an audition to perform the national anthem at the opening of an NBA game, earning a standing ovation.[1][2] This performance earned her the interest of music producers, and she was signed onto the independent label RX-Records.[1] Kylee attended Stoller Middle School in Portland, Oregon, until 2007, when she returned to Arizona. She then attended Hamilton High School[3] and in 2016 graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree.[4] Kylee is a devout follower of the Mormon Church.[citation needed]

On October 17, 2008, her first single, "Vacancy", was released by RX-Records in the United States as a digital single.[5] "Vacancy" was featured as the ending theme to the Sony Computer Entertainment anime series Xam'd: Lost Memories.[1] On March 24, 2010, Kylee released her first major-label single under Sony Music Japan's label DefStar Records, titled "Kimi ga Iru Kara" (キミがいるから, "Because You Are Here"), which was featured as the theme song to the 2010 film Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, a Japan-America co-production in which she also gave a cameo performance.[6][7] Her second major-label single, "Missing/It's You", was slated for release on July 7, 2010, with "Missing" being the second opening theme song to the Bones and Stan Lee anime Heroman. She also performed as one of the opening acts for the 2010 Summer Sonic Festival, playing on the Urban/Dance Stage.[8] This was followed by her single "Everlasting", which was used as the theme song for the second episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series.[9] Kylee appeared on NBC's Today in the United States on May 13, 2011, where she was interviewed by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before she performed her fourth major single "Never Give Up".[10] Kylee performed at Otakon 2011 on July 31, 2011, in Baltimore, Maryland, her US concert debut.[11] Her fifth major single, "Crazy for You", was released on October 5, 2011; the song was used in Japanese online clothing retailer Nissen's 2011 fall collection television commercial.[citation needed] Kylee released her debut album, 17, on November 23, 2011.[citation needed] She also did a duet with Sam Tsui in May 2013.[12] She was married August 2017.[13]


The RX-Records era (2008–2009)[edit]


Release Date Title Notes EP
Year Month/Day
2008 December 3 "Vacancy" Kylee meets Xam'd: Lost Memories (DefStar Records)


Release Date Title Notes
Year Month/Day
2009 March 4 Love Kicks...

The DefStar Records era (2009–)[edit]


Release Date Title Notes Album
Year Month/Day
2010 March 24 "Kimi ga Iru Kara" (キミがいるから)


July 7 "Missing / It's You"
October 27 "Everlasting"
2011 July 13 "Never Give Up"
October 5 "Crazy for You" 500,000 downloads[15]
2012 June 13 "Mirai" (未来)
  • Theme song to the film シグナル~月曜日のルカ~
  • B-side: "Feel"
2013 February 13 "Daisukinanoni" (大好きなのに)

Digital singles[edit]

Release Date Title Notes Album
Year Month/Day
2013 May 8 "Just Give Me a Reason"
July 1 "Crazy for You" (English version)
August 7
October 7 "Wrecking Ball"


Release Date Title Notes
Year Month/Day
2009 July 29 Kylee meets Xam'd: Lost Memories

Studio albums[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
Year Month/Day
2011 November 23 (Japan)[24][25] 17 Including "Unnoticed", "Yours Truly", "Brand New Wave" (feat. Orianthi) and more
2013 July 1 (20 other countries)[26]

Album appearances[edit]

Release Date Song Album Notes
Year Month/Day
2012 October 24 "My Generation" (Yui cover) She Loves You (A Tribute to Yui)[27] a new recording
2013 March 27 "Never Give Up" 女子力を磨く歌 (Girl Power Songs) (avex trax)[28] Taken from 17
August 28 "One" Ivory7 Chord's second mini album, Synesthesia (magnifique) only co-writing lyrics[29]

Live performances[edit]

Covers on YouTube[edit]

Kylee started a covers project on YouTube.[38]

Release Date Song Original Artists Notes
Year Month/Day
2013 May 15 "Just Give Me a Reason" Pink featuring Fun's lead singer Nate Ruess with Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider
August 26 "Come & Get It" Selena Gomez video director: Jerry Corria
October 5 "Clarity" Zedd featuring Foxes
  • video director: Daisuke Okamoto
  • producer: Troy Laureta
October 6 "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus with Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider
November 28 "Young and Beautiful" remix Lana Del Rey
  • video director: Ryusuke Okajima
  • producer & remix: Wiley Webb
  • vocal producer: Troy Laureta
  • remix & additional production: Thor Laewe
2014 January 11 "Story of My Life" / "Best Song Ever" mashup One Direction
  • video director: Tadashi Tawarayama
  • cover producer: Merchants Of Venice Entertainment (M.O.V.E)
January 23 "Mirrors" / "Stay" / "Holy Grail" mashup Justin Timberlake / Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko / Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake
February 4 "Let It Go" from Disney's film Frozen Idina Menzel / Demi Lovato
  • video: Richard Frias
  • song producer: Troy Laureta
  • acoustic guitar: John Nott
February 10 Valentine's Day Love Medley! Ne-Yo / Justin Bieber / Calvin Harris / Rihanna / Taylor Swift and more with Chester See and Kurt Schneider


Kylee is managed in the US and Japan by Antinos Management America.


  1. ^ a b c d 14歳美少女歌姫カイリー、デビュー前から"メジャー級" (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. 2008-12-04. Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  2. ^ 2004 Portland Trail Blazers game. "Kylee at age 11 National Anthem NBA". Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  3. ^ "Budding star sits in Hamilton High classroom". Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  4. ^ Lee, Soo Ji (5 December 2012). "The Fresh Set: Kylee Saunders, Japanese pop star". The Stanford Daily. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Vacancy – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  6. ^ 堀北、松ケン、手越ら出演の映画主題歌を女子高生シンガーが担当! スクリーンデビューも. Hot Express (in Japanese). Livedoor. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  7. ^ 15歳の米在住女子高生シンガーが、映画『誰かが私にキスをした』主題歌&出演で異例のWデビュー!. Oricon (in Japanese). DeView. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  8. ^ "ナタリー – サマソニ第16弾でROCK'A'TRENCH、Droogら国内勢6組". July 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
  9. ^ a b "J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith interviews Kylee (August 2011 J!-ENT Interview)" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-08-25.
  10. ^ "Kylee / NEVER GIVE UP! (アーティスト特集) 歌詞検索サービス♪歌詞GET". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
  11. ^ a b "Kylee to Perform at Otakon 2011". Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  12. ^ Kurt Hugo Schneider (2013-05-15), "Just Give Me A Reason" - Pink ft Nate Ruess (Sam Tsui & Kylee Cover), retrieved 2017-02-22
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Everlasting – EP". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  15. ^ "アメリカ在住女子高生シンガー、Kylee初のJAPAN TOUR大盛況でフィナーレ「また必ず帰ってくるから」". Barks (in Japanese). 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  16. ^ "New Song Project". J-MELO. NHK. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  17. ^ "Kylee 2週間で100万再生のコラボカバー動画が話題に". Billboard JAPAN (in Japanese). 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  18. ^ "Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Kylee) – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  19. ^ "Crazy for You – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  20. ^ "Crazy for You – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  21. ^ "Wrecking Ball (feat. Kylee) – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  22. ^ "アニメ『亡念のザムド』のED曲を歌うKyleeが番組とのコラボEPをリリース". CDJournal (in Japanese). 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  23. ^ "Kylee meets 亡念のザムド". Sony Music Online Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  24. ^ "Kylee 17". Sony Music Online Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  25. ^ "Kylee 17(初回生産限定盤)". Sony Music Online Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  26. ^ "Rising pop star in Japan makes U.S. debut at Yoshi's in Oakland". abc7news. ABC. 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  27. ^ ""メガネYUI"がリラックス「CHE.R.RY」ボサノバ風PV公開". Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  28. ^ 聴けば女子力アップ!コンピ「女子力を磨く歌」にカエラら. Natalie (in Japanese). 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  29. ^ "IVORY7 CHORD、新作『Synesthesia』より「ONE」のミュージック・ビデオを公開". Rockin'On Japan (in Japanese). 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  30. ^ "Kylee LINEUP SUMMER SONIC 09". The Official Website for SUMMER SONIC 09 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-04-28.
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  32. ^ "Kylee LINEUP SUMMER SONIC 2010". The Official Website for SUMMER SONIC 2010 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  33. ^ "Kyleeがガールズアワードで圧巻の歌唱力を披露!". Cinema Today (in Japanese). 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  34. ^ "Kylee(カイリー)が7万人の前で生歌をパフォーマンス!!!". Music Lounge (in Japanese). 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  35. ^ "Lagoon Stage 8/11 土 ライブ速報 2日目". MTV Japan (in Japanese). 2012-08-11. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  36. ^ "Kylee Saunders (Kylee) – Interview Japan Expo 2013". Total Manga (in French). 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  37. ^ "KYLEE Live at J-POP Summit Festival & Exclusive Interview". 2013-08-06. Archived from the original on 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  38. ^ Kylee Channel Intro Video. YouTube. 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2014-01-26.

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