Shihori

First album
 

MUTATION

Oct 1st 

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Shihori Turns Disability Into

‘Perfect Imperfection’

For Charity [Video]

 It’s a wonderful song,

telling a story we need

to hear right now more

than ever. 

Shihori Encourages

Self-Acceptance

With New Single,

‘Perfect Imperfection’

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Shihori is an artist

that should serve as an inspiration to all.

Shihori blends her exquisite

voice with future bass, pop,

and EDM flavors to generate

a dazzling indie-pop treasure brimming with visceral energy.

 It’s an avant-garde anthem where the siren-like vocals of Shihori channel the art of self-love and turning what may be considered

as disability into an

empowering source. 

In the final minute, 

Perfect Imperfections hits

a high note of dynamic talent,

with Shihori’s vocals blaring

like fireworks in an

afternoon sky.

 
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Shihori
Singer & Songwriter, Pianist and Actress, based in NY 

Shihori is a visionary New York-based singer and songwriter who has enjoyed over a decade of success in the Japanese pop industry and beyond. But, for this artist whose songs have touched hearts across the globe and sold over one million individual units, things could have worked out so differently.

She remembers when everything changed. Shihori remembers the isolation before it and the minute that it when things were no longer the same.

 She was 9 years old and on a school trip in her native Japan. An unintended loner, she was trapped in a world shaped by total deafness in one ear and Asperger’s Syndrome (a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes the affected person difficulty in social interaction, amongst other symptoms). Shihori wasn’t able to pick up the hints that displayed other people’s emotions, she also struggled to express her own emotions. She was alone and she didn’t know how not to be. She’d always been alone.

 As they travelled by bus, the children were singing karaoke to pass the time. Someone approached her as she sat alone and asked her to sing.

 So she did. For the first time in public. Everything stopped. Everyone stopped. They were watching her, they were listening. She remembers, “I sensed the world for the first time”. She was part of it. From that moment, Shihori began to write music with a burning passion, working instinctively and without a music education at that point.

 Her passion driven from the discoveries that music opened up for her. From the lessons that she learned through listening to other people’s music and writing her own songs. In later years she would come to reflect that, “music is the magic tool that lets me access other people’s hearts.”

Shihori’s inquisitive young mind was drawn to the virtuosic arrangements of her favourite Anime shows and the masterful works of Beethoven that she was discovering as she began to learn to play the piano. These unlikely bedfellows of vibrant pop and art music from the classical and romantic periods would come to shape the foundation of the music that she creates today.

It wasn’t just her musical arrangements that were developing during this period. Shihori explains. “As I was meeting new people and singing in new environments my writing changed, because I began to start truly seeing the world and the hurt that is out there. I felt the struggle.” The new environment that she refers to was the surroundings of her new home in Tokyo, where she had moved at the age of 21 and, shortly after, signed with the Lantis record label; enjoying her first top 5 chart success with her single “Neverending Wonderland”. In particular she was beginning to see how her home-nation’s altruistic culture created an environment where it can be difficult to talk about ‘self’.

 So many others were living their own versions of the isolation that she had experienced in her younger life. People were struggling to find their identities and feel accepted for who they were. She realized that her songs could no longer just speak of her experiences, they needed to also tell other people’s stories. In this way, her music could offer a supportive message of love and self-acceptance. It’s perhaps in telling other people’s stories that Shihori’s unique talents truly began to shine. Because she doesn’t simply recite an experience, she finds ways to absorb the spirit and message of a story, and to then embody that in everything from the lyrics, to the melody, and tone of delivery.

 Shihori’s knack for exquisite top line melodies, ability to translate stories into music, and her passionate knowledge of anime have made her a highly-sought-after commodity in the anime world. She has been commissioned to bring her talents to many well-known series, including the international hit Fairy Tail, and the film adaption of the popular web novel series The Irregular At Magic High School. Alongside this, she has collaborated with some of the biggest names within that industry, including Kohei Tanaka (ONE PIECE) and Yoko Kanno (Ghost In The Shell). Dozens of her songs have charted in Japan, with 11 selling over 100,000 copies and individually achieving gold status.

In 2018 Shihori took the next step in her journey by moving to the United States, where she has continued to compose new music, making the most of this fresh opportunity to focus on English-language songs, while also performing extensively across the country. Recently, she has enjoyed international success performing lead vocals on composer Mason Lieberman’s charity single “The Real Folk Blues” (which reached #6 on the Billboard World Digital Chart) as well as composing and performing the ‘Battle Queens’ theme song for the video game League Of Legends (which is closing in on 1 million Spotify streams).

2021 has much in store with the upcoming release of a series of new singles that will preface an album of original compositions.

As Shihori looks forward to this next chapter of her life she finds herself having journeyed from social isolation to a place where she is at one with the world around her.. Her story is a unique one of overcoming personal obstacles, but it’s also a relatable story of the power of music to help us make sense of this world and find peace with ourselves. As she says in her 2020 single “Perfect Imperfection”:

‘Who will be with you forever

Isn’t that yourself (I’ll be with you forever)

You should know You have the perfect imperfection’

 
 
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LIVE

Japan Tour
Shihori Japan Tour 2015
Shihori Japan Tour 2017
Shihori Japan Tour 2018
United States
2010 Otakon 2010 (Baltimore)
2012 Santa Fe Jin Festival 2012
Feb  2016 J-Summit @Bowery Electric 
May 2016 J-Summit @Bowery Electric
2018
Mar 12th    J-Summit @The Bitter End
Apr 13th   Japan Fes @Ramen Jiro
Apr 14th   NY Ramen Contest & International Food Avenue
Apr 27th   Shihori 1st Solo Concert @Club Bonafide
Jun 13th   Shihori 2nd Solo Concert @Silvana Harlem
Jun 23th   Shihori 3rd Solo Concert @Club Bonafide
Oct 20th     Real Sexy Varietry Party @Arlo Nomad Hotel
Nov 4th      J-Summit @The Bitter End
Nov 12th   Martina Feserova Featuring Shihori @Sidewalk Cafe
2019
Feb 10th   Shihori 1st Anniversary in NY Solo Concert  @The Bitter End 
Mar 23rd  Real Sexy Variety Party @Arlo Nomad Hotel

Festivals
2010 August  Otakon 2010  (U.S. Baltimore)
2012 April  Santa Fe JIN Festival 2012 (U.S. Santa Fe)
2014 Oct  Japan Cultural Festival  Vietnam (Vietnam) 
 
2019
Jan 16th  Culture Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
Feb 23rd  Japan Night in NY
Apr 13th  TEKKO CON 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA)
Apr 28th  Sakura Matsuri 2019 (Brooklyn, NY)
May 11th Culture Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
June 7-9th Anime Next ( Atlantic City, NJ)
Aug 9-11th Liberty City Anime Con ( NYC, NY)
Aug 30th-Sep 1st San Japan (San Antonio, TX)

shihori94@gmail.com

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