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Wednesday
Sep072011

SHOTA releases "You & I" at US iTunes Store on 9/20

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Japan’s singing sensation SHOTA (a.k.a. Shota Shimizu) is releasing his hit single “You &  I”, a joyful up-tempo love song recorded in NYC last fall, at US iTunes Store on September 20th. It became a campaign song for Sony Walkman, and also being featured at FCI, the largest Japanese broadcaster’s theme song for US morning program, “The Morning Eye.“

After his Apollo debut in 2007 and the encore appearance the following year, SHOTA re-visited NYC in search of a brand new sound. He met and vibed with several accomplished piano players for an inspiration: Onaje Allan Gumbs, a seasoned Jazz/R&B pianist who has worked with such legends as Woody Show, Nat Adderly Cassandra Wilson, Betty Carter, etc..  welcomed SHOTA during his sound check at Joe’s Pub, the downtown hang-out for the music lovers. SHOTA and Onaje immediately clicked and jammed few songs. Shimrit Shoshan is a young and vibrant female jazz pianist originally from Israel, and has been in the New York jazz circuit for last ten years. Shimrit met SHOTA at uptown dance studio where they kept improvising over Donny Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye. Finally, Selan, the keyboard prodigy from Brooklyn who is also known as a musical director for Adele, and a supporting musician for Kelis, Kanye West, Rihanna and old school veterans like CHIC, Roy Ayers, Leon Ware and Roberta Flack,  gave SHOTA an extra kick. They recorded “You & I” right after their first encounter and also performed at a special live concert in Tokyo titled “Live in the Dark.” The song was premiered at the pitch black auditorium where audience cannot see anything, but hear the acoustic live performance of the two: Selan’s blind touched piano and SHOTA’s crystal voice. The specially invited guest audiences were wowed by their performance, and SHOTA really shook them with his brand new sound. The rest was a story…

The song, “You & I” carries forward SHOTA’s pure and genuine sentiment, and grabs your innocent heart.

Available on iTunes U.S. (9/20/2011)                                                                                

 

SHOTA - "You & I" NYC Documenary from CoolJapanMusic on Vimeo.

 

Monday
Apr042011

"YOU & I" became the theme song for FCI's Morning Eye

Starting April 4, 2011, SHOTA's previously released single, "YOU&I" became the theme song for FCI's Mornign Eye - the dayily news and entertainment program. Catch the song on the following stations throughout the US:

http://www.fujisankei.com/bangumihyo/

It was also featured in "Today's Eye" section:

http://www.fujisankei.com/video_library/art/you&i.html

 

Tuesday
Feb152011

BE WITH YOU - EP // Available at iTunes US Store

Get your "Be With You -EP" at iTunes US Store today!

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Friday
Feb042011

BE WITH YOU - EP 

THE VOICE OF JAPAN’S NEW GENERATION, SHOTA DROPS HIS FIRST U.S. RELEASE, BE WITH YOU - EP FEATURING A DUET WITH MULTI-PLATINUM R&B RECORDING ARTIST JOE

Japan’s #1 singing sensation SHOTA (a.k.a. Shota Shimizu) is releasing his first U.S. EP entitled, BE WITH YOU, on iTunes U.S. store, February 15. 


photo by Ronnie Wright (click photo for iTunes)The  five track EP opens with the title song, “Be With You,” a love ballad written and produced by R&B multi-platinum crooner JOE.  Followed by SHOTA’s self produced debut single, “Home,” which defines his mellow hip-hop story telling singing style that instantly made him a Japanese household name.  BE WITH YOU continues with the up-tempo, smooth love song, “Kimigasuki,” originally released in Japan in December, 2009, and the soul flavored, “Aishiteru,” both songs mean “I love you,” but in different stages.  The EP closes with a re-mix of “Home,” produced by Ali Shaheed Muhammad of a Tribe Called Quest, branded with his signature club beat and a hypnotic twist to today’s Japanese Pop sound.

All of the songs are sung in Japanese, with the exception of the title track,“Be With You.”  JOE who has not only recorded but has performed with SHOTA describes him this way, “SHOTA is the consummate professional and perfectionist in the studio.  It was impressive to see how quickly he picked up on the lyrics and was able to add his cultural flair as well.”

SHOTA is bound to make you forget the language difference and embrace the power of the music!

BE WITH YOU - EP

Shota Shimizu 

  1. Be With You – duet featuring JOE
  2. Home
  3. Kimigasuki
  4. Aishiteru
  5. Home – hip hop remix

Available on iTunes U.S. (2/15/2011)

 

Saturday
Jan292011

YOU&I

Shota has just released his 9th single, "YOU&I" in Japan on January 26th. The title track was also featured in an ad campaign for the brand new SONY WALKMAN and world premiered in Ebisu, Tokyo right before the Christmas. Shota was accompanied with an acoustic piano in front of 100 lucky fans who won the special invitation over 20,000 entries. The show was titled "Play In The Dark" which only allowed audience to listen - not to see! Shota performed 30 minute set in pitch black concert hall, and received standing ovation by the fans who connected with Shota only via sound!!

You can go to Sony special site and watch the documentary of the show as well as TV commercial and a b-roll film from recording the song in New York. http://www.sony.jp/playyou/kimioto/#/shimizushota/no5