Popular singer-songwriter Angela Aki (34) and her music director husband are expecting their first child, it was revealed today. The babyis due at the end of February but Aki has said that she plans to go
ahead with her planned year-end concert at the Nippon Budokan. The concert has been an annual event since 2006, when she became the first solo pianist to perform at the hallowed venue.
Aki is the daughter of Aki Kiyoshi, founder of the Aeon chain of English conversation schools, and an Italian-American mother. Born in Tokushima Prefecture, she started playing piano at the age of 3. She
spent her high school years in Hawaii where she was into surfing and the music of Nirvana and Green Day. While at university in Washington D.C. she attended a campus concert by Sara McLachlan and decided that she wanted to pursue a career in music. She had her breakthrough in 2001 when one of her tunes was used in a TV commercial but it wasn't until September 2005 that she made her major label debut with the single "Home." She had her first Oricon chart topper with the 2007 album "Today."