In the year 2001,she became the first Japanese singer to sign with the renowned Jazz label,Verve Records.She recorded her first album [Girl Talk]in France width the famous French producer, Henri Renaudt,released in June the same year. She became the new star stirring excitement in the Jazz scene in Japan.
She was initially famous for her repatroir of over 500 standard jazz songs, but also for her flexibility towards different genres, always molding in new styles for each album she releases.
In previous albums, she has worked with producers such as Swing Out Sister,Tatsuo Sunaga, Yasuharu Konishi(ex:pizzicato five),Bugge Wesseltoft(Jazzland)…..
At the same time, she has participated as guest vocalist for artists in different genres such as re;jazz,Hajime Yoshizawa,Studio Apartment,Quasimode……
Other than in Japan, she has recorded in Paris, London, New York, Rio Dejaneiro, and Oslo.
Through these many collaborations, she has met with various artists, musicians, and producers from many different genres, and in each song her versatility as an artist shines.
In 2009, she released a tribute album for [London Nite], a famous Rock partyt in Tokyo, which she has loved since she was in her teens. As an adviser for the album, she invites Kensho Onuki, the man who brought [London Nite] to life. Through this album, she shows that her roots in music is actually in Rock and not Jazz.
Not only as a singer, she is also known and praised for her ability as a producer. Writing and arranging songs, and also direction for all art work on her albums.
Through her music, fashion and life-style, akiko has become a one and only icon representing a new era in Jazz.
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