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Full Name: Nishino Kanako

Date of Birth: 18 March, 1989

Current Age: 25

From when she was little, Nishino learned English from English conversation schools, and went to America twice. She then was interested in various genres of music, including hip-hop, R&B and reggae. On the other hand, she also enjoyed traditional Japanese literature, and started singing Japanese folk songs.

Her dream of becoming a singer started from junior high school. When she was 16 her mother secretly sent a demo tape of hers to the “Miss Phoenix Audition”, and she was rated the top singer entrant out of approximately 40,000 applicants. A year later in 2006, she was signed to SME Records and started vocals training.

In 2007 while preparing to be a singer, she was also studying English literature at university. At the time she met Australian duo Nervo, who offered Nishino a song called I Don’t Wanna Know for use in her music project. Nishino rewrote the song’s lyrics into Japanese herself, and re-titled it I.

In December 2007 her official site opened, and from that time onwards *I* ~Merry Christmas ver.~ was available as a digital download from several Japanese sites, including mora.jp. The original version of the song I Don’t Wanna Know was available as a digital download on the American iTunes from New Years’ Day onwards. The physical version was released two months later, on the 20th of February.

After two unsuccessful singles, Nishino was chosen to sing the second ending theme for the anime SOUL EATER. Style. was released as her third single and was her highest selling single in 2008 due to the popularity of the anime series. However, her career took off in 2009 with the change in music style, her fifth single Tookutemo feat. WISE, reaching #40 on the Oricon charts even without a tie-in. Three months later, Nishino released Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara, this single became her first enter to the top 30 weekly of Oricon. Following the success of “Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara”, her debut album LOVE one. was released three weeks later featuring all her six singles. LOVE one. debuted at #4 on the weekly charts and has a long chart life, rising Nishino’s name to stardom.

Nishino released her seventh single “Motto…”. The full-track ringtone digital download of the song began on October 14 and the physical CD was released on October 21, 2009. The song debuted at the number 1 spot on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart. She released the double A-side single “Dear…/Maybe” on December 2, 2009. After releasing two more singles “Best Friend” and “Aitakute Aitakute”, she released her second album To Love on June 23, 2010.

On August 4, 2010, Kana Nishino released her eleventh single, “If.” This song was used as the theme and ending song of the movie “Naruto Shippuden 4: The Lost Tower”.The single reached number 5 on the Oricon charts and sold over 85,000 copies. Her 12th single, “Kimi tte”, was released on November 3, 2010.

Kana competed in the 61st Kohaku Uta Gassen, which took place on December 31, 2010, with “Best Friend.” On February 9, 2011, the single “Distance” was released. She also collaborated with Wise on the single “By your side” which was released on March 16, 2011. Two months later on May 18, 2011 her new single ‘Esperanza’ was released. In spring of 2012, Nishino’s cute looks have her in the magazines “CUTiE” “JELLY”, “JJ”, “Popteen”, “Ray”, and “ViVi” (in alphabetical order). In September 2012, Nishino released her 4th album called Love Place. It was released in two versions: a limited CD+DVD edition and a regular CD-only edition. The song “Be Strong” was used to promote the album. The album was later re-released in Taiwan in a big package version including a unique 2013-year desk calendar. The album won the Best Prize in the “Grand prix record Nippon! Shining 54th” latest original album “Love Place”.

Credits: Generasia, Wiki US/JP