Japanese soul singer Nao Yoshioka combines a powerful voice and New York-powered delivery to create a modern flavor of music deeply rooted in the history of soul. In the two and a half years from 2009 that she spent in New York, Nao reached the Apollo Theater Amateur Night “Top Dog” round and also to the final stage of the McDonald’s Gospelfest from amongst 40,000 entrants.
In November 2013 her debut album “The Light” was released, and in May 2014 Nao and Brian Owens made their Blue Note Tokyo debut, taking their place amongst the many talented artists from around the world who have graced that sacred stage... only 6 months after her album release. In the latter part of 2014 Nao embarked on the Make the Change Project tour with other members and over a period of 3 months performed in a number of US cities, The Netherlands, and Japan.
In April 2015 Nao will release her 2nd album, “Rising” and continues to be undisputed Japan representative for soul music.
“Marvin Gaye”や“Raphael Saadiq”の再来を思わせるアメリカの本格派ソウル・シンガー。2012年にデビューアルバム『Moods & Messages』、2014年にはMarvin Gayeのトリビュート盤『You’re All I Need – Brian Owens Sings Marvin Gaye』、そしてオリジナルアルバム『PREACH! The Soundtrack』をリリース。2015年にはブルーノート東京を含む三都市での単独ツアーも果たした。さらにNao Yoshiokaのアルバム『The Light』と『Rising』においてはソングライティングに加えアメリカでのレコーディング指揮をとるなど幅広い才能を見せている。
Brian Owens, the new voice of American soul, reminiscent of greats such as Raphael Saadiq and Marvin Gaye.
Brian’s debut album “Moods & Messages” was released in 2012, with his Marvin Gaye tribute “You’re All I Need - Brian Owens Sings Marvin Gaye” following in early 2014. His latest smash release, “PREACH! The Soundtrack” was released in Japan in late 2014.
In 2015, Brian traveled to Japan for a second time to perform solo in three cites, Blue Note Tokyo and Nagoya, then over for a performance at the Osaka Dojima Forum in Osaka.
Brian is a multi-talented singer and songwriter who has produced songs on both of Nao’s albums, her debut offering “The Light” and her second upcoming album “Rising” due for release in April 2015.
ネオ・アレサ・フランクリンの異名でも呼ばれるオランダが世界に誇る、実力派ソウル・シンガー。シンガー・Tasha’s Worldのバックヴォーカリストとして1990年代後半にオランダの音楽シーンに登場後、現在に至るまでにChaka KhanやCandy Dulfer、Alain Clarkなど、国内外問わず様々なツアーやレコーディングに参加。ソロとしても2010年に1stアルバム『Chocolate Coated Dreams』、2012年には2nd『Shirma Rouse Sings Aretha』、そして2014年に最新作『Shout It OUt Loud』を発表し話題を呼んだ。2014年11月にはNao Yoshiokaと共に日本で四都市ツアーを敢行し、その豊穣で温かな歌声とステージパフォーマンスを見せた。
Known as the The Netherlands’ Neo-Aretha Franklin, Shirma Rouse is a world-class, talented soul singer.
After appearing in the late 1990s as a back vocalist singer for Tasha’s World, Shirma has recorded and toured with a wide range of artists from every genre. Chaka Khan, Micheal Bolton, Candy Dulfer, and Alain Clark to name a few.
Her 1st album “Chocolate Coated Dreams” was released in 2010, then in 2012 she released her tribute “Shirma Rouse Sings Aretha”, and followed up with her latest offerning “Shout It OUt Loud” in December 2014.
In November 2014, Shirma and Nao embarked on a four-city Japan tour and shared her special voice and warm stage performance with her Japanese fans.
The newest member of the Make the Change Project team, Quentin is a multi-talented singer and multi-instrumentalist who also fills the shoes of songwriter and producer who combines many facets to create his inspiring and soulful music. He can be seen as a new type of artist with incredible talent and a sincere attitude in his approach to making music, and easily compared to greats such as Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. Quentin contributed immensely to Nao’s album "Rising”.
Her voice has been described as “angelic” and when combined with her songwriting, her music can only be classifed as NU SOUL JAZZ.
ORLY also co-wrote the song “Certifiable” along with Dani Elliott and she also performed along side Nao Yoshioka when Nao visited New York in 2013.
"Make the Change"の作詞も担当したシンガーソングライター。エリカ・バドゥやインディア・アリーなどにも例えられる歌声と独特のグルーヴには早くから注目が集まり、16歳にしてJazz Festivalでベストボーカリスト賞を受賞。現在では国内で圧倒的な認知度を誇るニュージーランドの至宝。
This talented singer/songwriter who is credited with writing the words for “Make the Change” on Nao’s debut album “The Light”. The New Zealand-born singer, Sacha Vee began performing from an early age. Her talent as a vocalist was recognized at the age of 16 when she was awarded “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the New Zealand National Jazz & Blues Festival.