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Yorico (より子) real name is Takano Yoriko (高野頼子), born on 13 May 1984 in Utsunomiya. She began her career with the indies label Harmony Records and then she move in 2005 to Toshiba-EMI.

Early on in Yorico’s life, she was interested in music. She first started listening to Disney music, and soon after her parents got a Nintendo, for she liked listening to the music featured in Super Mario Bros. From then on, after listening to a range of music featured in games as well as her grandma singing nursery rhymes to her, she decided that she would learn how to play the keyboard.

In junior high, then-morning musume member Fukuda Asuka introduced Yorico to her would-be manager Wada Kaoru. Yorico was praised for her piano skills, but her singing was criticized. Still, Yorico debuted with the album Aizenaha on the indies label Harmony Records in 2002; with the lead radio single being Honto wa ne. This song was used as the drama “Tenshi no Utagoe“‘s theme song, which was a drama depicting Yorico’s own life. The drama starred Matsuura Aya. The album sold 80,000 copies, an amazing amount for an indies artist.

Yorico continued on her music career as she gained a contract with Toshiba EMI sometime in 2004, and debuted in early 2005 with the album Cocoon. Yorico is an avid blogger, creating popular blog posts almost everyday.


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