Artist of the week: JAMOSA
JAMOSA 2008 vs 2011
JAMOSA is a Japanese singer-songwriter who predominantly sings hip-hop, r&b and soul. She was born to a Japanese father and Taiwanese mother on January 21st, 1983 in the Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. Yet from a young age she was immersed in music. At the wee age of 10, JAMOSA performed in kids chorus of third leg of Micheal Jackson's "Dangerous Tour" in Fukuoka. She then spent time in various parts of America and Japan to immerse herself hence her fluency in English.
In 2000, at the age of 17, she entered the music scene when her song 'Mama' was used as background music in the Adam Sandler movie, "Little Nicky".
After returning to Japan, she dived right into the indies scene, going onto releasing a mini-album REMINISCING, and appearing as the opening act for AI's club tour. She worked with such artists as Def Tech, m-flo, TERIYAKI BOYZ, SPHERE OF INFLUENCE, Miss Monday and Big Ron. In fact, she even appear on DJ Whoo Kid's (50 Cent's official DJ; signed to G-Unit Records) "The RED ALBUM mixtape". It was obvious that she is well liked by her peers.
In 2005, she released her 2nd mini-album, "Standing Strong" and the following year released her 2nd single, "SO GOOD SO NICE" featurng Def Tech's Micro. With that song, she hit no. 1 on itunes' R&B chart. That same year, her 3rd single "Ienai yo" featuring CORN HEAD reached no. 3 on Oricon's indies chart
In August, 2006 JAMOSA released her major debut single, "DREAM" under Emi Music Japan's Virgin Music label. It was followed by her 5th single that was produced American hip-hop producer, Red Spyda who worked with 50 Cent, Lil' Kim and Amerie.
STAND UP / JAMOSA 2007
In 2007, she released her first album, "ONE". It ended up being the only album she released under Emi, peaking at #25 on the Oricon chart, and charting for 13 weeks. Selling 50,000 copies, it was considered a hit.
After that, she moved to Avex Trax, releasing under their Rhythm Zone label. With her subsequent singles "STAND UP", "MISSING' U" and her 2008 2nd album "CRY", she established herself in the entertainment game.
JAMOSA with SKY-HI
In 2009, she released her 3rd album "RED", she was aided by well-known sound producer, Manuel Seal.
In 2010 "BOND ~Kizuna~"became her 10th single featuring Shonan no Kaze's Wakadanna. It became JAMOSA's first single to be released in nearly two years since her sixth single "Zutto" in 2008. It reached no.5 on Recochoku Chaku-Uta Weekly Chart and no.1 on iTunes Store R&B/Soul Chart. Two years after her last album, she released her first best of album, "LUV ~collabo BEST~".
JAMOSA with KEVIN and ELI
In 2011, JAMOSA released her 11th single "Nanika Hitotsu" featuring Shonan no Kaze's Wakadanna and JAY'ED. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Misaki Number One!!. The RIAJ certified the title track Double Platinum for ringtone downloads of over 500,000 and Platinum for full-length cellphone downloads of over 250,000. The single reached #10 on the Oricon weekly charts and charted for 12 weeks. Later that year, she released her fourth studio album, "SKY", followed by a collaboration single with U-KISS' KEVIN & ELI known as "Together".
JAMOSA in 2012
In 2012, JAMOSA her 13th single "Tristeza" featuring Naoto Inti Raymi which was used as the theme for the drama Dirty Mama. During March of the year, she released her fifth studio album, "TRY" and her second best of album, "BEST OF MY LUV -collabo selection-".
Please look forward to what JAMOSA will release next.
Tegami feat. DABO + Dream
U & Me + STAND UP
Breathe Again feat. Sphere + Can't Stop
Tristeza feat Naoto Inti Raymi + Nanika Hitotsu feat. JAY'ED & Wakadanna
Source: 1, 2, 3