Nami Tamaki

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Nami Tamaki
Nami Tamaki at Hong Kong Airport.JPG
Tamaki in Hong Kong Airport
Background information
Native name
Born (1988-06-01) June 1, 1988 (age 31)
Wakayama, Japan
Years active2001–present
Labels (Teichiku) (Smile)

Nami Tamaki (玉置 成実, Tamaki Nami, born June 1, 1988) is a Japanese pop singer. As a teenager under the Sony Music Japan label, she had four top-ten albums, two of which reached number one. Her singles were used as theme songs for anime shows such as Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny, and D. Gray-man, as well as being representative of the J-Pop music trend. She has various commercial tie-ins with the anime and games industry, and has also performed in stage musicals and a movie.[1]



In 1999, Tamaki attended dance school and learned how to perform on stage. She auditioned for Sony Music Japan in 2001 when she was thirteen years old where she performed cover songs of the Destiny's Child hit "Survivor" and "Full Moon Prayer" by Core of Soul.[2] She was selected out of 1,000 applicants and started her career in 2003 with her debut single "Believe" which was an opening song for the anime Mobile Suit Gundam Seed. Her follow-up single, "Realize", was also used in the series. The popularity of the Gundam franchise, and the inclusion of her work within it, helped her gain immediate popularity as a singer. Her first concert performance was opening for T.M.Revolution at the Pacific Media Expo in 2004. She released her first studio album, Greeting, and was hailed as a J-pop princess.[3]

She graduated from high school in March 2007. Her first greatest hits album was released on November 29, 2006 to mark the event, and she soon began an acting and stage performing career. Her first Japanese tour, "Nami Tamaki Best Concert 'My Graduation'" took place in March 2007.

Record label transfer & "nami"[edit]

In 2008, Nami's live events were in full motion. Nami's fourth album, Don't Stay, was released on April 23, 2008, containing songs from her singles "Brightdown", "Cross Season", and "Winter Ballades", as well as some new tracks. The album did not chart or sell as well as her previous albums. Coinciding with the release, Nami held a special live tour "Anniversary Live 5," which took place in Tokyo and Osaka. A lengthy period with a lack of new material followed after the album's release, although Nami remained occupied with various concerts. Speculation and rumors surfaced about Nami leaving Sony Music Japan to join another record label. During a live performance on September 22, 2008 at "Girls Entertainment vol.1", Nami confirmed the transfer but could not give further details.

The September 2008 monthly issue of her fanclub magazine, "Amour Fan Club", released an official confirmation about the transfer, stating that Nami would be transferring to Universal Music Japan.

Amour Fan Club Manager states:

Debut 5th Year Anniversary was welcomed, Nami moves forward with a jump for her record company transfer to UNIVERSAL-J from Sony Music Records. Currently, we are earnestly working with the new system. Release time is undecided, but until settlement of assurance we will notify you.

Please continue to support Nami chan !! [4]

On January 15, 2009, Nami's official website announced the release of "Give Me Up", her first single under the Universal-J label and her 16th career single. The single features a more positive upbeat sound compared to her previous singles.

After the somewhat successful release of "Give Me Up" in January 2009, Nami continued to release new music with the singles "Friends!", "Moshimo Negai ga...", and "Omoide ni naru no?".[5] Universal-J also gave Nami Tamaki the stage name "nami", as opposed to using her full name in kanji. Her first album under Universal-J, "Step", was released on February 24, 2010.

In late 2011, Nami made her second record label transfer to Teichiku Records, a sublabel of Victor Entertainment. Her first two singles with Teichiku Records, "Lady Mind" and "Paradise", were produced by Shinichi Osawa.[6] Her third single with the label, "Real", was released on April 17, 2013. The single included a remake of "Believe" in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of her debut. The title song was produced by nishi-ken, who collaborated with Nami previously for her albums Speciality and Don't Stay.[7]

Anime and game industry[edit]

Nami has a relatively close relationship with the ACG (Anime, Comics, Game) industry, as she contributed to several ACG franchises with her music. Well-known examples of her contributions include those in the Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny franchise ("Realize", "Believe", "Reason", "Result" and "IDentity"), "Brightdown", an opening song for the anime series D.Gray-man, and "Sanctuary", an opening song for the anime series Kiba.

She also performed the song "Fortune" as the main theme for the PS2 role-playing game Radiata Stories (as well as having a cameo appearance in the Japanese version of the game itself), and "CASTAWAY" as the theme song for a GBA turn-based strategy game, Super Robot Wars J. The release of "CASTAWAY" also featured a cover of the famous theme song "Get Wild" from the anime City Hunter, originally performed by TM Network.

Nami's 16th single, "Give Me Up", was used as the theme song for the anime Yatterman. Another song, "Negai Hoshi", which is included in her 17th single, is the theme song for the new Wii RPG, Arc Rise Fantasia, while her 18th single, "Moshimo Negai ga..." is also the theme song for another Wii RPG, Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga. Both games were released by Marvelous Entertainment.


In 2014, Nami announced that she had become frustrated as she was having trouble singing her songs. She then went on to state that she had been struggling with sinitus since a young age and had regularly been receiving treatment, but decided to get surgery to fix the problem.[8] Once recovered, she said that she felt good and no longer had problems. However, in 2015 she was diagnosed with vocal nodules as she had been having pain while singing once again. Tamaki stated that she would be receiving treatment during her current activities and that her plans for her upcoming musical would continue as planned.[9] Due to her condition, she had to cut back her performance set-list while promoting for Everlasting Love.[10]



# Information Chart Positions
1st Album Greeting
  • Released: February 25, 2004
2nd Album Make Progress
  • Released: May 11, 2005
3rd Album Speciality
  • Released: July 12, 2006
Compilation Graduation ~Singles~
  • Released: November 29, 2006
4th Album Don't Stay
  • Released: April 23, 2008
Compilation Tamaki Nami Reproduct Best
  • Released: March 25, 2009
5th Album STEP
  • Released: February 24, 2010
6th Album Ready!
  • Released: February 23, 2011
Compilation NT Gundam Cover
  • Released: June 25, 2014


Sony Music Japan[edit]

Album Single Highest Weekly Chart Positions
Japan Oricon Chart
Greeting "Believe"
  • Released: April 23, 2003
  • Released: July 24, 2003
  • Released: November 12, 2003
"Shining Star ☆忘れないから☆ (Wasurenaikara)"
  • Released: January 28, 2004
Make Progress "大胆にいきましょう↑Heart & Soul↑ (Daitan ni Ikimashou)"
  • Released: July 14, 2004
  • Released: November 10, 2004
  • Released: January 26, 2005
  • Released: April 4, 2005
Speciality "Get Wild"
  • Released: November 2, 2005
"MY WAY/Sunrize"
  • Released: March 24, 2006
  • Released: May 3, 2006
  • Released: June 7, 2006
Don't Stay "Cross Season"
  • Released: March 14, 2007
  • Released: August 29, 2007
"Winter Ballades"
  • Released: December 26, 2007

Universal Music Japan[edit]

Album Single Highest Weekly Chart Positions
Japan Oricon Chart
STEP "Give Me Up"
  • Release date: March 25, 2009
  • Release Date: July 29, 2009
"もしも願いが..." (Moshimo Negai ga...)
  • Release Date: October 14, 2009
"思い出になるの?" (Omoide ni naru no?)
  • Release Date: February 17, 2010
Ready! "Missing You ~Time To Love~ feat. KWANGSOO,JIHYUK,GEONIL (from 超新星)"
  • Release date: January 12, 2011

Teichiku Records[edit]

Album Single Highest Weekly Chart Positions
Japan Oricon Chart
TBA "Lady Mind"
  • Release date: January 25, 2012
TBA "Paradise"
  • Release date: October 10, 2012
TBA "Real"
  • Release date: April 17, 2013

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan[edit]

Album Single Highest Weekly Chart Positions
Japan Oricon Chart
TBA "Vivid Telepathy"
  • Release date: November 19, 2014

Smile Company[edit]

Album Single Highest Weekly Chart Positions
Japan Oricon Chart
TBA "Everlasting Love"
  • Release date: June 3, 2015

Other compilation songs[edit]

Note: The songs below are tributes to several famous Japanese artists and are not presented in any of Nami Tamaki's singles or albums.


  • Believe DVD – November 12, 2003
  • Realize DVD – December 17, 2003
  • Greeting DVD – May 19, 2004
  • Make Progress DVD – July 6, 2005
  • NAMI TAMAKI 2nd CONCERT "Make Progress~road to~ – October 5, 2005
  • Speciality DVD – August 30, 2006
  • NAMI TAMAKI Best CONCERT "My Graduation" – June 13, 2007
  • Gundam OP/END COLLECTION Volume2–21st Century – August 25, 2009
  • STEP DVD – February 17, 2010
  • 月刊NEO玉置成実[DVD] – February 24, 2011


Commercial tie-ins[edit]

Animation, Comics, and Games (ACG)[edit]

TV Shows and others[edit]


  • The 18th Japan Gold Disc Award (第18回日本ゴールドディスク大賞): New Artist of the Year (2004)


  1. ^ "". Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Nami Tamaki: Profile". Teichiku. July 28, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Nadeau, Tiffani (May 13, 2004). "Nami Tamaki: Greeting". Archived from the original on July 30, 2010.
  4. ^ "amour". Archived from the original on June 20, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "玉置成実オフィシャルWebサイト » discography » single". Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Nami Tamaki, First Single Post-Label Change Is a Collaboration with Shinichi Osawa". Natalie. December 2, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "Nami Tamaki's Debut Tenth Anniversary Single 'Real' Features a Cover of 'Believe'". Musicman-Net. February 26, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "I AM ME". Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "Nami comienza un tratamiento medico por nodulos en las cuerdas vocals". Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  10. ^ "Evento promocional de "Everlasting Love" en Himeji". Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  11. ^ "NEWS小山慶一郎、ミュージカル初挑戦でセンターを任された". Archived from the original on March 23, 2007. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  12. ^ "Official Website (episode 7 overview)". Retrieved October 22, 2015.

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