2006 – 2009 (3 years)
Motobu, Okinawa (2004 – 2009)
Hearts Grow (ハーツ・グロウ), was a Japanese pop/rock band. The band formed in 2004 and debuted as an indie band in 2005. After the release of two indie mini-albums the band signed to the major label Epic Records Japan in 2006. However the band officially disbanded a year after the release of their single "Sora" (theme song to Tetsuwan Birdy DECODE).
Before Hearts Grow formed, the band was divided into two bands. The women of the band were in a band called G-SEVEN, and the men were known as BAMBOO. In 2004, both of these bands disbanded and later joined together and formed Hearts Grow.
The group met in northern Okinawa at Ajisai Ongaku Mura (あじさい音楽村), a practice studio near an Okinawan high school. They began performing street lives in Okinawa. In 2005 they signed with the Ajisai indie label and released their first mini-album, HEARTS GROW. After the release of their second indie mini-album, Grow!!, the band signed with the major label Sony Music Entertainment under their Epic Records sub-label.
In 2006, the band made their major label debut with the single "Road". Not long after its release the band followed up with their second single: "Yura Yura" which was used as the ninth opening theme to the anime NARUTO. They are known for performing the ninth opening of NARUTO, Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z's fourth ending, the fourth opening for Gintama.
In 2008, the band's drummer Yuuya had to leave the band because he broke his elbow. Takuya, of the band Hysteric Blue, joined the band to replace him, but was not officially in the band. After the release of "Sora" later that year the band went on hiatus for reasons that were undisclosed. The reason behind it was thought to be due to such things as: disagreements in the group, as well as the death of Hiraku Nakasone, who was the president of Ajisai Music (あじさい音楽). He died of cancer at age 46. Haruna and other relatives cheered after the event, which would be the anniversary of his 47 years.
However in November 2009, the band issued a statement proclaiming their disbandment. The reason for this was credited to musical differences between the band members. The statement also announced that the band's vocalist Haruna was currently working towards her debut as a solo artist. Although, Haruna later announced in 2010 that she was leaving the music industry to become a nurse.
In March 2010, Chiaki began her solo career, along with Nakasone Natsumi. On March 20th, Chiaki debuted at Bird Land, a concert venue in Nago, Okinawa. Then she began performing with other bands in Tokyo. She was present at the July 27 event Shibuya Eggman that occurred in July in Tokyo. On October 25th 2010, Chiaki participate in the Girl's UP! vol.71, famous event of the Shibuya Eggman for various female pop/rock acts.
In 2011, Natsumi joined a new band called Angrperchin, with similar styles, but with a more traditional sound of Okinawa. The band it is comprised of ex-ajisai band members.
* Haruna (ハルナ) (Vocals)
* Chiaki (チアキ) (Keyboard, Vocals)
* Natsumi (ナツミ) (Guitar)
* Shintarou (シンタロウ) (Leader, Guitar)
* Yuusuke (ユウスケ) (Bass)
* Takuya (たくや; 2008-2009) (Support Drummer)
* Yuuya (ユウヤ; 2004-2008) (Drums)
* HEARTS GROW (Indie)
* Grow!! (Indie)
* SUMMER CHAMPLOO (サマーチャンプルー)
* Yura Yura (ユラユラ; Wavering)
* Himawari (ひまわり; Sunflower)
* Kasanaru Kage (かさなる影; Overlapping Shadows)
* Sora (そら; Sky)
* Haru ~spring~ (春 ~spring~; Spring)
Compilations / Others:
* THE POWERPUFF GIRLS Z Original Soundtrack (#06 Himawari (ひまわり))
* Ai no Uta (アイのうた; Love Song) (#15 Chiisa na Koi no Uta (小さな恋のうた; A Little Love Song))
* NARUTO SUPER HITS 2006-2008 (#04 Yura Yura (ユラユラ))
* NARUTO ALL STARS (#04 Yura Yura (ユラユラ))
* TETSUWAN BIRDY DECODE Original Soundtrack (鉄腕バーディー DECODE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) (#01 Sora (そら))
* Gintama Best (#10 Kasanaru Kage (かさなる影))
* NON-STOP NARUTO (#10 Yura Yura (ユラユラ))
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