Nao Yoshioka: International Soul Singer
If you listen to this thing called soul music long enough, you will hear or see something that is rarely if ever seen. The vision usually entails a vocalist or group with no historical or geographical connection to people who created this music, but who still manage to be a good soul singer. This sight can be inspiring or disconcerting. Hearing a vocalist such as the Japanese born Nao Yoshioka perform classic R&B and soul tunes such as “Feeling Good,” as she does on her new CD The Light, is a reminder of soul music’s world wide impact. – Howard Dukes, SoulTracks (Full review here…)
Nao Yoshioka – Make the Change (Single/Snippet)
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Japanese soul singer Nao Yoshioka combines a powerful voice and New York-powered form of delivery to create a modern flavor still 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 made it to the final stage of the McDonald’s Gospelfest from amongst 40,000 entrants.
Nao’s first single “Make the Change” was released on SWEET SOUL RECORDS in 2012. Since then she has gone on to release her debut album and receive praise from well-known names in the music business including Grammy-winning artist Gordon Chambers. In November 2013 when her debut album “The Light” was released, the single “Spend My Life” was featured in a TV commercial that garnered national attention. The album’s title song “The Light” also saw heavy rotation on one of the largest radio stations in the Kansai region (Osaka) FM802.
In May 2014 Nao and Brian Owens, who is also produced “Spend My Life,” made their Blue Note Tokyo debut, taking their place amongst the many talented artists from around the world who have graced that sacred stage, and exceptionally early in her young career… only 6 months after her debut album release.
In addition, in August of the same year she was invited to perform at the 14,000 capacity summer festival “MEET THE WORLD BEAT” hosted by FM802, while already having her sights set on the upcoming Make the Change Tour 2014 in the USA and Europe, performing together with other Make the Change Project members, Brian Owens (US), Quentin Moore (US), and Shirma Rouse (NL).
“The Light” North America Release
On May 26, 2015, her debut album “The Light” will be released in North America by Purpose Music Group and NIA Music Distribution. Purpose Music Group, founded and co-owned by Russell Johnson and George Littlejohn, is an all encompassing, full service, music-based content, entertainment company.
The stage has been set for this talented young singer, Japan’s soul music representative, to spread her wings and take flight.
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