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Tokyo, Japan (2004 – present)

Rie fu (舩越 里恵/Rie Funakoshi; born January 11, 1985) is a Japanese singer-songwriter born in Tokyo, Japan. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts, London.

From the age of 7 to 10, Rie fu lived in Maryland, United States. She was greatly influenced by The Carpenters and female singers/songwriters such as Sheryl Crow and Michelle Branch. Rie fu started writing songs in high school with her piano and guitar. Within a year, her talents were recognized by Sony, who released her first single in March 2004.

Rie fu’s songs are often bilingual. Although most of her songs are primarily sung in Japanese, many feature entire verses written in English. Her debut album features two entirely English songs, “Voice” and “Shine,” both of which she wrote herself. Of her songs written entirely in Japanese, at least two have later been released with English language versions.

Rie completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, in 2007. She has returned to Japan to further pursue her musical career.

Rie fu maintains a blog in Japanese.


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  • TakaN94

    All albums are fantastic, especially the first ones: Rie fu, Rose and Tobira. I can't say more from "I", but I love the albums from delofamilia: eddy and Spaces in Queue.

    9 Jul 11:53pm Reply
  • KingFahtah

    Happy 30th

    15 Jan 5:13pm Reply
  • Hiverlive

    Such a beautiful voice *-*

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
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    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • leejihyun

    I haven't liked any of her songs for quite a while now...

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nyappybunny

    She is so pretty x

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • VenusInTheDark

    I can't choose one album over the other. They are great in different ways. I really enjoyed 1962, Butterfly and so-re-da-ke though.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ropedancer

    I like the new album. It doesn't hit it out the park quite like BIGGER PICTURE (and So-Re-Da-Ke does absolutely nothing for me), but it has some really strong tracks. I quite like Static, Innocent Forest, Butterfly, and I Met You.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Aoumi_aozora

    Hum, her new album sounds kinda bland... Static is a great song, but the rest sounds like filler Songs to me... I definitely prefer Bigger Picture :(

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • masa_ch

    omg the new album is awesome

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Aoumi_aozora

    I adore her voice and her music, but I wish she was more humble/natural sometimes... :/

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • LeeSunKyu

    New single is cute. ^-^ [2]

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • shadowtiger97

    New single is cute. ^-^

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • ropedancer

    New single Let is Curl is available on itunes and spotify! It's a very sweet song.

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • VenusInTheDark

    She is making a new album now, and I'm so ready to fall in love with her music again!

    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Azalin

    I agree, her new songs from 2013 are really disappointing. I wish here the best in her personal life, I hope she doesn't end like a certain singer named Ayumi.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • VenusInTheDark

    Can't say I'm disappointed, but her new album is definitely not my cup of tea. Her old version of Close to You sound a thousand times better than her new one.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • chocobooo

    As a Carpenters fan of more years than I'll admit, I was definitely expecting something a lot closer to the original arrangements... [2] the electronic sound doesn't do any justice to the original songs :(

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Kamitsuki

    As a Carpenters fan of more years than I'll admit, I was definitely expecting something a lot closer to the original arrangements... I guess it's hard to follow the originals without slipping into imitation, so maybe she felt like she had to try something different. Her vocals are great, at least, and Dear Karen is brilliant.

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • deadgrandma

    v I have no problems with it. But then again I don't give a crap about the Carpenters :-p

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
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