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Toshi

When Japanese pop star Toshi Kubota released his first American album in the mid-'90s, he had already attained star status in his native country, where each of his first four albums sold over one million copies. The vocalist -- who interprets American soul, funk and hip-hop rhythms to his mostly Eastern audience -- began entering and winning Japanese talent competitions by the time he was in pre-school. He entered the music business in the early '80s as a songwriter, but his debut album as a solo act, Shake It Paradise, went platinum soon after its release; three later follow-ups did likewise. By 1990, Kubota began to immerse himself in American culture, making frequent trips to the U.S. to work with musicians, including Natalie Cole on a duet of "Greening of the World" for a John Lennon tribute album. In 1995, Sony released Toshi Kubota's first English-language album, Sunshine, Moonlight. The singer continued to be popular in Japan, though; his 1996 LP La La Love Thang reached platinum status. His second stateside release was Nothing But Your Love, which arrived in summer 2000. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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I wonder where he is now...origin a l . I remember a video of his on BET (when they worth something!) almost 10 yrs ago .
rae7525
"Far East Soul" indeed. Who woulda guessed. I'm feelin it.
b.ingatpeace w _ m e
I LIKE, I LIKE VERY MUCH.
sugerbare7
far east soul
this artist is super slick!!! 2 thumbs up.......... . . . .
rjcurry
Loving This Japanese Artist!!!! Sounds Like Lead Singer From Mint Condition... G e t It Boy!!!!!
Lovin it lovin it lovin it.
NICE!!!
Great sound! I'm sold!
asami_t
Looooooove him! I've been a big fan of him since I was in elementary school. There are only 2 full English albums but there are many more in Japanese that are good. He just released new CD which he covers the "day and nite" by Al B. Sure that was done nicely.
This J brotha' is very nice! you would think he was a B brotha'... very nice Toshi!! Keep is up, going to get CD..
stephxfive
I love him, real nice
First time hearing this guy. I like it. I will definitely buy this CD.
He sounds very soulful!!!
Love it!!!!!!!!!
That's right Toshinobu! Take over America and Japan!!!
He can go toe-to-toe with any of these R&B artist on the radio. Nice laid-back grooves
this is so soulful. kinda put me in mind of eric benet.
chelleecepha s
Okay. I like.

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