| Kobe, Japan|
| June 9, 1987 (age 28)
Papua New Guinea (1987-06-09) |
Freest Inc. (2007)
Victor Entertainment (2009 – present)
DJ Komori, Hannya, I-Dea, Jay'ed, L-Vokal, MC Moggy, Seeda, Tomogen, Urali, Wolf Pack
CONTRAST, iTunes Live From Tokyo
Pop music, Rhythm and blues
Jay'ed, Seeda, lecca, Crystal Kay, Thelma Aoyama
Emi Maria Wikipedia
Emi Maria, stylized as EMI MARIA, (born June 9, 1987) is a Japanese Papua New Guinean R&B singer-songwriter. She debuted in 2007 with the EP Between the Music.
Emi Maria was born in 1987 in Papua New Guinea. Her father is Papua New Guinean, while her mother is Japanese. She spent the first five years of her life in Papua New Guinea, before moving to Kobe in Japan.
She first started listening to R&B at 6 due to her sister, listening to such artists as Janet and Michael Jackson, and K-Ci & JoJo. She began writing lyrics in junior high school. By high school, she had started writing music and producing her own tracks. She participated in the MTV Star Tour, and started performing lives in the Kansai area from 2006 onwards. In 2007, she started appearing on many different Japanese urban artists' albums as a guest artist, such as Seeda and MC Moggy.
In 2007, Emi Maria released her first EP, Between the Music on Freest Inc., a label she had created for herself. Her debut single "I Gotta (Summer Kiss)" was picked as the iTunes Japan single of the week in August 2008.
She debuted as a major label artist in 2009, with the release of a digital dingle "One Way Love" under Victor Entertainment. During this time, she had some of her highest profile collaborations. "Luv Is..." was a song Emi Maria performed with R&B singer Jay'ed, which features on his top 10 album Musication. In December, she had her first top 10 hit, as a featured artist on Seeda's single "Wisdom", which reached number 8 on the Oricon singles charts. After the release of her first physical single in 2010, "Show Me Your Love", Emi Maria released her first major label album, Contrast.