Uri Nakayama (中山うり Nakayama Uri, born January 9, 1981) is a female singer-songwriter and hairdresser in Japan. Nakayama as a musician is written mainly here.
Nakayama does not only sing but also plays the accordion and the trumpet. She sings while playing the accordion with having sat down and sometimes plays the trumpet which she puts in the side. Her music is unplugged sound, she usually plays the music with 4 support members, guitar, bass, drum and percussion. As additional support members, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, violin and etc. come in the band by the live tour and rock festival.
Nakayama's music is introduced as blended world accordion music, Gypsy Jazz, Musette, Tango and etc. and her voice is advertised as "miracle voice" by record label. She sings by low, warm, smooth and soft voice. Her CDs are sold as J-pop at CD shop. But her music was categorized as jazz by iTunes in Japan.
Most of Nakayama's songs have Japanese lyrics, but she mixes in a few instrumentals and some scat singing. She takes some nostalgic scenes, festival, harbor town, sunset and etc. as lyrics's motif, frequently. Because she sings some Japanese folk music cover version, her music is thought of as affected by those music.
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