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Aya (Japan)

A grunge darling of J-rock, Aya entered the field after the genre died in America along with Kurt Cobain, but still managed to make a stir on the Japanese scene and work with prime American grunge rockers, including members of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and, yes, Nirvana. This career trajectory obviously has to do with the pent-up energy Aya accumulated during her childhood years spent in a town of 2,000 on the northern island of Hokkaido. She first heard electric guitar at a Ventures show in primary school; it was instant conversion. Soon Aya began playing in a local girl band playing punk covers, but that wasn't enough for her, and, dropping out of school at 15, she took to the road, ending up in Tokyo as a bar singer and already a faithful Nirvana devotee. Her first chance at success came after she won a pop vocal contest, but the story was cut short by the death of her songwriter; however, that made Aya work on her own material, which she honed by playing American military bases and Shibuya streets; several demos later, she landed a deal with BMG Japan. Given her style, it came as no surprise that she worked on her first professional record in Seattle's Studio X, where she gathered a dream lineup of Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden and Pearl Jam), John McBain (Monster Magnet), and Glenn Slater (Walkabouts); for a producer, she landed Adam Kasper, who worked with Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Foo Fighters.

The debut single "Hands" (the first song she ever wrote) came out in 2001, followed that same year by "Crazy Mermaid," and then in 2002 her first full-length arrived: Senjou No Hana had been recorded in Seattle as well, with the same musicians along with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. The release received good press in Japan as well as Germany, and had Aya on the road, where she did a solo tour and scored a stint on Summer Sonic, one of Japan's biggest fests, as well as the opening slot for the 50,000-strong stadium gig of Japanese rock legend Eikichi Yazawa. Her next record, the Kinjirareta Uta EP, was delivered in 2003 and done without any American help, as Aya attempted to show that she could stand on her own. It worked out -- the streamlined rock sound of Kinjirareta Uta was well received by critics, and the supporting club tour was sold out. After that Aya proceeded to record the epic Baghdad Sky, arguably her magnum opus, which came out in Japan and Germany in 2004, again to good reviews; Aya spent 2005 promoting it, and in 2006 she provided the song "Over Night" for the anime series Le Chevalier d'Eon. Then, however, she took a hiatus. ~ Alexey Eremenko
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HEY PANDORA! The album Sean is Lysa Aya Trenier NOT Aya (Japan) !!!!
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Love her sounds! Some Blue Six soul here
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Why have Aya (Japan) and Aya (UK) as separate artist if their the same artists. Whenever I'm looking for a Japanese artist I figure Pandora won't have it. K-pop on the other hand they have almost every artist.
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samtls03
Lovin this track!
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Lysa actually!
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This isn't Aya from Japan! This is Lisa Aya Trenier born in London!
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Lovin' this one.
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I wish somebody would post Aya Hirano.
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I love Aya!! we need more from Aya, Naked Music...chop chop
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Just discovered her but today.. love I guess describes what I'm feeling.
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The best thing about music; you can never discover something that's so wonderful, too late. I love Aya and the entire Naked Family Crew.
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That's cool, I didn't know that was her on Sweetback's album.
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Sounds like one of the voices from Blue Six.I think I remember hearing her voice on some of Miguel Migs' tracks.The "bio" would not seem to fit her style.Good stuff anyway.
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entitled ëStrange Flowerí. It is full of dreams, longing, solitude, and memories, its beautiful and imaginative. Now we await Ayaís second record.
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They featured Aya on seven tracks on the Sweetback album. Aya was truly networking and she built up some friends that would make her who she is today. Stuart introduced her to Itaal Shur (Grammy winning songwriter) and Jay Denes, founder of Naked-Music and member of Blue Six. ìSweeter Loveî was the first underground classic, they shared the same passion for making ìpure musicî and signing to Naked Music was the next natural leap forward. A year later Aya had a record that was ready for release,
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many of her heroes, and here she would become a professional recording artist. In NYC she would collaborate and song write for Lenny Kravitz (ìThinking of Youî), which was a single released on his album called ë5í. She also hooked up with Pharcyde on the record (ìLab Cabin Californiaî) . These records amazingly, both went gold. Soon after this rush of success she began creating tracks with Stuart Matthewman. S. Mathewman was a well-known guitarist and songwriter from super star Soul singer Sade.
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This is her real BIO:

Her influences ranged from Chinese opera, Jimi Hendrix, Nick Drake and Patrice Rushen to name a few. She was born and raised in London to Singaporean grandparents , a teenage mother and Irish-Scotti s h father. They were both hippies at the time and this influenced Aya later on in life. After listening to a variation of musical genres her passion for music took off. At the tender age of four she began singing and left for New York at the age of eighteen. New York City attract
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rperson4
So, I hope you guys change this bio soon. As stated below it is wrong. This Aya sings backup with Sade's band Sweetback.

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This bio is for another Aya...a Japanese artist.
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This bio doesn't match the type of music on the album.
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she's hot!!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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really sexy tunes. really nice to listen to if you want to relax
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If that is her on the cover, then she is a Stone Cold Fox. Damn.
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she is an outstanding talent with her sensual voice and lyrics. please play the whole album....... . . . . . t h a n k s
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dino.jimenez
Is the photo on the cover of the cd "Strange Flower" Aya?
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robin2048
Hey ybrown25: I think you're missing the point of Pandora. They can't just play a CD in its entirety because of licensing. I suggest you just purchase an Aya CD if you don't want to listen to similar artists. I also don't think that they really read this forum. You are better off contacting them directly, which is quite easy to do. Hope this helps...
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that joint right there was knocking something funky.. i love this album...
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samiandhaban a
i love this album!!!!
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Please continue playing all of the songs from this album!
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I was hopeful that you would play the Artist Aya's CD Strange Flowers. I'm not interested at this time in the similiar Artist you are playing. Can you play the songs on the CD Strange Flowers? Thank you!
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The Artist is Aya and her CD is called Strange Flower. I didn't know if I had to list the Artist name. I absolutely love this CD.
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I love this Artist and would like for you to play her CD called Strange Flower. Thank you kindly!
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