UA (singer)


UA (singer)

Infobox musical artist

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Name = UA
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = 嶋 歌織 (Shima, Kaori)
Alias =
Born = birth date and age|1972|3|11
Origin = flagicon|Japan Suita, Osaka, Japan
Genre = Pop, Jazz, Alternative rock
Occupation = Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Years_active = 1995-present
Label = Speedstar Records
Associated_acts =
URL = [http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/ua/uauaua/index.html Official Website]

nihongo|Kaori Shima|嶋歌織|Shima Kaori (born March 11, 1972 in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, Japan), simply known by the stage name UA (pronounced|ɯːa), is a Japanese singer.

Her unusual stage name is a Swahili word that means "flower" or "kill".

She is now sometimes referred as Kaori Murakami since she married the actor Jun Murakami in 1996. The couple divorced in August 2006.

Besides her solo work, she also recorded several albums with the band Ajico with Kenichi Asai.

On 7 July 2007 UA performed at Live Earth in Kyoto.

Discography

ingles

* "HORIZON" (June 21 1995)
* "COLONY" (September 21 1995)
* "Taiyō Te ni Tsuki wa Kokoro no Ryōte ni" (太陽手に月は心の両手に) (February 21 1996)
* "Jōnetsu" (情熱 "Passion") (June 21 1996)
* "Rhythm" (リズム) (September 24 1996)
* "Kumo ga Chigireru Toki" (雲がちぎれる時 "When Clouds are Torn to Pieces") (November 21 1996)
* "Amai Unmei" (甘い運命 "Sweet Fate") (February 21 1997)
* "Kanashimi Johnny" (悲しみジョニー "Sad Johnny") (October 22 1997)
* "Milk Tea" (ミルクティー) (February 25 1998)
* "Yuganda Taiyō" (歪んだ太陽 "Distorted Sun") (May 21 1998)
* "Kazoe Tarinai Yoru no Ashioto" (数え足りない夜の足音 "Innumerable Footsteps in the Night") (November 25 1998)
* "Skirt no Suna" (スカートの砂 "Skirt Sand") (April 28 1999)
* "Private Surfer" (プライベートサーファー) (September 22 1999)
* "Senkō" (閃光 "Flash") (July 24 2002)
* "DOROBOW" ("Thief") (December 18 2002)
* "Lightning" (March 3 2004)
* "Odoru Tori to Kin no Ame" (踊る鳥と金の雨 "The Dancing Bird and the Golden Rain") (May 25 2004)
* "Ougon no Midori / Love Scene" (黄金の緑 "Golden Green") (May 2 2007)

Albums

* "PETIT" (October 21 1995) - A mini-album with six songs
* "11" (October 23 1996)
* "FINE FEATHERS MAKE FINE BIRDS" (April 23 1997) - A live album
* "AMETORA" (アメトラ "Sky Tiger") (April 22 1998)
* "turbo" (October 27 1999)
* "Dorobō" (泥棒 "Thief") (September 19 2002)
* "Sora no Koya" (空の小屋 "Sky Hut") (April 23 2003) - A live album
* "Illuminate "the very best songs" (September 17 2003)
* "Uta UUA" (うたううあ) (March 13 2004)- contains her songs for NHK's "Do Re Mi" children's program
* "SUN" (March 24 2004)
* "Breathe" (March 30 2005)
* "la" (September 22 2005) - A live album
* "Nephews" (October 26 2005) - contains UA's collaborations with other artists, including Towa Tei, Mondo Grosso and Hiroshi Fujiwara
* "cure jazz" (July 26 2006) - collaborative album of jazz standards with 菊地成孔 (Naruyoshi Kikuchi)
* "Golden green" (June 20 2007)

DVD

* "Sora no Koya" (April 23 2003)
* "Illuminate -the very best clips-" (September 17 2003)
* "AMETORA '98" (September 22 2004) - DVD re-issue of the Ametora Tour VHS

Video

* "AMETORA '98" (December 5 1998)

Book

* "UA by MOTOKO" (August 6 2001) - A photograph work

Cast

* Ryo in "Woman of the Water" (水の女 "Mizu no Onna") (2002 movie)
* Oohori Manager in "Great Japanese" (大日本人 "Dainihonjin") (2007 movie)

External links

* [http://www.aloha.co.jp/NEO_ALOHA/html/ARTIST/UA.htm Aloha Productions] (official UA page on Aloha Productions website)
* [http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/speedstar/artist/ua/ Speedstar Records] (official UA page on Speedstar Records website)


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