Let me introduce to you, Chihara Minori (茅原実里).
She’s a Japanese singer and voice actress who I really admire. I started listening to her songs more or less two years ago, and I think I was just in time to be able to follow, in my humble opinion, her wonderful career.
There are really a lot of singers/artists in Japan, so it’s a difficult place to emerge in the spotlight. And even when in the spotlight, it’s difficult to keep there. I’m not the kind of guy who has 50 favorite bands/artists and that likes to go to every band festival and so on (nothing against who likes it), I usually pick THE ONE, and listen to it to my heart’s content. It’s also important to say that I’m also not the kind of guy who is always listening to music. On the street, on the train, on the bus, doing homework, I usually don’t. Unless it’s something I don’t need to concentrate a lot.
Currently, I like to listen to a couple of Japanese groups which I think are really good, BUT Minorin (as she is called by her fans) is my true inspiration. As José Mourinho says in a Portuguese commercial: “Some people call it obsession, I call it passion.”
If you read my profile
, you noticed I’m a musician myself. I’ve played for 13 years in an orchestra, but I’m nothing more than an amateur musician who tries his best. Trying my best for all this time was really good, and it brought deep thoughts on my music. I think any musician that tries his best, always wants to be better that last time, not that this applies only to music though. And that’s when I started to listen to her songs.
This one singer easily became my favorite. She has a wonderful voice, a fantastic interaction with her fans, an awesome group of musicians playing with her, and for these and many more reasons, I feel she’s really special. I kept (and keep) thinking to myself: “I can play much better than I did today”.
Someone who was embarrassed to sing in her childhood, has really been going way up. In the beginning of this month, her new album D-Formation (see cover below) made it to the Top Three in Japan, and yeah, I’m buying it as soon as I arrive in Japan!
(Chihara Minori’s D-Formation Album Cover)
Today is the day when tickets for her 2012 Tour went on sale. Thanks to my friend I could buy one! (ありがとう！)
For further information on her tour, visit her official website here!
This year’s tour will have the same name as her new album, D-Formation, so I end today’s post with its PV! Enjoy!