Rina Katahira is a singer songwriter from Fukushima. I have been meaning to talk about her for a while now but somehow the opportunity did not really happen, so I decided to make it happen ! ! !
She began her career when she won the pop singing competition “Shinsain Tokubetsu Sho” which is a national competiton for teenagers, and then she became the he first young artist selected by Sony for their song writer development and support program Play You which basically pays young song writers a basic salary and accommodation for one year to enable them to live and develop their talent.
This is of course the same program that later Goose House were awarded and which also started their career and because of this she met and became friends with the Goose House bunch.
She is one of those artists that was better known locally in her own home area and also in Sendai which is where first saw her. The first time she was playing in the street before she became a professional and I saw her later in a concert there after she became professional. However, it is only in the last year or so she has gained popularity and become better know. She always recieved a lot of attention from within the music industry and actually her records are produced by Takahiro Yamada from Asian Kung Fu Generation who heard her live and was so impressed he asked to produce her music ! ! !
She has released one full album and two mini albums so far, and later this year she will release her second full album.
The track I want to share with you is Come Back Home. It is a song about the feelings she has when she returns to her home in Fukushima. Of course with the thousands of people from Fukushima that can not go home the easy thing would be to write a sad song about being away form home, but she decided to she wanted to be positive about her home and how much she loves it and so she wrote this beautiful and positive song. The video is filmed in Fukushima and somehow it is quite sad to think about this beautiful province suffering so much now.
Rina Katahira – Come Back Home
Of course the workers collective that is Goose House continue to make wonderful music and their videos have now reached 166 MILLION views on Youtube ! ! ! They must be the best kept secret in the world of music. How can a group be so popular and so unknown at the same time ? ? ?
In March this year Kei Takebuchi will release her first solo project but it will be a joint Sony Records and Goose House release so it seems Goose House have formed their own record label now also. I am looking forward very much to hearing the album when it is released and will write a review for you here when it comes out.
Kei Takebuchiis the cute girl in this duet and the cute guy is Shuhei Kudo. I choose this song as it the theme song to the drama Ama chan which is Mr P’s favorite drama. It is called Shiosai no Memori which means Memory of the Sound of the Surf.
Shiosai no Memori – Goose House
Finally here is a rare video of both girls together singing Rina Katahira ‘s song Onnanoko wa nakanai ( Girls Do Not Cry )
Rina Katahira and Kei Takebuchi – Onnanoko wa nakanai
I hope you enjoyed the post ! ! !
( Sorry Mr P – I know I should have been working on our new project for He Said – She Said, but I became distracted ! ! ! )