March 20, 1955 (age 66)Taisha, Japan (
Singer, composer and lyricist
RCA(1978-1982)Alfa Moon (1984-1987)Moon / MMG (1987-1993)Moon / East West Japan(1994-1997)Moon / Warner Music Japan (1998-present)
Tatsuro Yamashita (m. 1982)
Expressions, TRAD, Variety, Impressions, REQUEST
Yumi Matsutoya, Tatsuro Yamashita, Anri
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Mariya Takeuchi (竹内 まりや, Takeuchi Mariya, born March 20, 1955) is a Japanese singer and songwriter. She is from Taisha, Shimane, now the city of Izumo.
Takeuchi was born in Taisha city in the Hikawa district of Shimane Prefecture. She spent a year studying in the United States while she was at high school. Her musical career started in 1978 while she was studying at Keio University, with the single "Modotte-Oide, Watashi no Jikan" (Please come back, my time) and the album Beginning. The 1979 single "September" and the 1980 single "Fushigi na Piichi Pai" (Mysterious Peach Pie) were both hits. Takeuchi has had at least one song appear on the NHK program Minna no Uta.
Up to December 2008, Takeuchi had released 11 studio albums, 35 singles, several compilations and a live album which was recorded in 2000. Her total sales have been estimated at more than 16 million units by 2009. Her 1994 compilation, Impressions, sold more than 3 million copies in Japan alone, and became her best-selling album.
Her husband is the musician Tatsuro Yamashita, with whom she has one daughter.
In 1978, while studying at Keio University, Takeuchi started her career with a single "Modotte-Oide, Watashi no Jikan". From the late 1970s to the early 1980s, she recorded five albums and several singles, including the top-ten hit "Fushigi na Peach Pie". Those recordings featured dozens of prominent Japanese and North American songwriters, instrumentalists and producers, including David Foster, Jim Keltner, Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Kazuhiko Kato, Kunihiko Kase, Shigeru Suzuki, Takashi Matsumoto and her future partner and husband, Tatsuro Yamashita. "Heart to Heart", one of her songs (co-written by Roger Nichols, released in 1980) was recorded by the Carpenters two years later, and was the last recording for the late Karen Carpenter.
In 1981, Takeuchi married singer-songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita, and stopped her career temporarily after becoming pregnant. Returning to the Japanese music industry in 1984, she has accomplished huge commercial success — more than when she was single. Since her return, she has recorded six successful studio albums that mainly consist of her self-written songs, and all of them have reached #1 on the Japanese Oricon chart. As a singer-songwriter, she has produced 8 top-ten hit singles on the Oricon chart, including "Single Again", "Kokuhaku", "Junai Rhapsody", "Konya wa Hearty Party" and her only #1 hit "Camouflage".
In addition to her work as a performer, she has also written songs and lyrics for other singers, including Yukiko Okada, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Hiromi Iwasaki, Masahiko Kondo, Masayuki Suzuki and Tackey & Tsubasa. Several of these songs scored top-ten on the Oricon, such as "Kenka o Yamete" and "Invitation" performed by Naoko Kawai, "Iro (White Blend)" performed by Miho Nakayama and "Maji de Koi Suru 5 Byoumae" by Ryōko Hirosue. Takeuchi has often re-recorded those songs for her own album. "Eki", a song originally written for the album by Akina Nakamori, became known by the composer's recorded version. "Genki o Dashite", a song first recorded by Hiroko Yakushimaru, is recognized as one of Takeuchi's notable compositions, despite not being released as a single. That song was covered by Hitomi Shimatani in 2003, and became a moderate hit.