emiko

emiko

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

A fantastic journey of infinite sonic adventures...

Biography

At the ripe old age of 12, Emiko had already "retired" from classical music to begin making her mark in pop. Having played piano since she was two and half, Emiko was transforming from classical piano prodigy to rock and roll starlet.

Fast forward to now, and Emiko is a three-time featured performer of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame New Writers Showcases who has graced the pages of Billboard Magazine, FM Sound, Music Connection, and other mainstream music publications. As an award winning songwriter her credits include major publishing houses and placements such as SONY/ATV, Extreme Music Group, HGTV, E! Entertainment, VH1, MTV, A&E, and CBS Television, just to name a few.

Emiko's catalogue contains an impressive number of original works (you wouldn't believe it unless you heard it directly from her), with everything from pop songs to R&B and rap, to film scores and contemporary classical music. To add to her solo compositions, she is also in writing and production partnerships with Liberty DeVitto (best known as the drummer for Billy Joel), Tommy Faragher (Grammy nominated writer and producer, most recently known for his musical productions for the hit FOX television show "Glee") and other notable writers in the European and UK territories.

Emiko's ability to write thought provoking and commercially relevant songs has consistently raised her profile as an artist. She has received instrument endorsements from Kurzweil Keyboards and JH Audio, fashion / lifestyle endorsements from renowned designer Kenneth Cole and Kiehl's skincare line, and has garnered social and political recognition for her charity work: Emiko headlined the Outdoor Pavilion Stage at the 2009 Special Olympic World Winter Games, and received an Official Letter of Welcome from the Mayor of Cleveland for her work with World Hunger Year's Artists Against Hunger and Poverty Program.

As a citizen of the world, Emiko's music reflects her international heritage - half Japanese, half Jewish-American - as she brings to life her journeys through music. Whether it's through the pulsing march of a lone drum on her song "The Great North Road" or the romantic nostalgia of "6am" (both from her upcoming album to be distributed through Universal Music Group), Emiko finds herself crossing musical genres as often as she crosses international borders these days.

Having taken the last year off to focus on writing her new album, Emiko has found herself knee deep in the development of a TV show about her life and her travels, which, according to the shows producers "had to be made because no one would believe this story if we told them!" The series will chronicle the making of her new live stage show which tells the story of how after 15 years, Emiko left New York for a 10 day tour of Japan, met an Englishman in a bar and (somehow) ended up in London!

In addition to the TV development project, Emiko is gearing up for another massive worldwide tour which will kick off in the US in September and take her across the 50 States, over to England and Europe and finally culminating in Japan.

And when Emiko is not busy writing, recording, or touring, she delves into her other passion: the business side of the music industry. Named one of New York's Most Successful Entrepreneurial Women in Business by Young Working Women Magazine (July 2008), Emiko keeps busy by being the President and Founder of The 6412 Ltd., a business development/management consulting firm for up and coming artists, and as the Executive Director of AAMIA (The Asian American Music Industry Association), an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Asia and the Western World in today's popular music industry.

With these two businesses under her belt, Emiko has been invited to lecture and participate as a music industry expert at various music festivals, panels, and conferences such as Japan Music Week, The Vancouver Island Music Business Conference, The Independent Music Conference, and more. Emiko makes her home between New York, London and Tokyo. "Really, home is wherever the music takes me!" she says. Hard at work in the studio on her next album, it can surely be said that Emiko is one step closer to her favorite saying: "If there's life on Mars, they'll buy my album!"

Discography

"7 Steps Away" (Famous Records/Universal Music Group dist. 2010)
"Jishin" ( The 6412 Ltd. 2009)
"2 in the Chamber" ( The 6412 Ltd. 2009)
"Becoming Marina" (OA Ent. 2005)
"From There to Here" (OA Ent. 2004)
"Here Lies Tinkerbell" (OA Ent. 2001)
"Live at the Triad" (OA Ent. 2000)
"Scene of the Crime" (OA Ent. 1999)
"Songwriters Hall of Fame Best New Artist Showcase Compilation- Vol. 1" (SHOF 2003)
Overplay UK Rock and Pop Volume 1 (Overplay UK 2003)
BandTattoo Compilation Vol. 2 (BandTattoo 2003)
Indiegrrlpalooza 2004 Compilation CD (Indiegrrl 2004)

Set List

Emiko's shows range from 60 minutes for a local club set to 120 minutes for theater shows. Custom sets are available for private engagements. Shows feature songs from Emiko's albums, however, the band is also available for covers.