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Fukuoka, Japan (1998 – present)

Misaki Ito (born July 7, 1978), known by her stage name, MISIA, is Japanese / singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and philanthropist. She is one of most successful Japanese recording artists of all time, selling over 30 million records since her 1998 debut. She has released twenty albums, of which eight have reached number one on the Oricon charts. Her song Everything was the best-selling single by a female artist of the last decade.

She is one of the top-touring artists in Japan, becoming the first female artist to play all five of Japan’s largest stadiums in 2004. Misia is famed for her five-octave vocal range and is widely recognized as the first Japanese R&B superstar.

Born and raised in Nagasaki, MISIA moved to Fukuoka at the age of 14 to pursue a recording career. There, she continued her secondary education and briefly attended Seinan Gakuin University before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She was signed to BMG Japan in 1997, after auditioning for record producer Haruo Yoda.

MISIA is best known for her five-octave vocal range, her puzzling fashion sense and for being one the few artists in Japan to have never performed on TV music shows. She has the ability to use the whistle register, which is put to good use in her songs. While it’s common to find MISIA described as an artist her music has a more ful, even y, quality to it, something her voice complements well.

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