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Tokyo, Tōkyō, Japan | SELF

Tokyo, Tōkyō, Japan | SELF
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April Fool EP 2007
Shine EP 2011


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From humble musical beginnings on piano at the age of 6, Sayulee has since moved from piano to drums to guitar, a well-loved Taylor Dreadnaught, which she taught herself to play. At first, Sayulee took a conventional career path, completing a business degree at Massey University (Auckland NZ) and doing a short stint in Japan as a Monbusho Scholarship Recipient; but eventually went on to study music and tour New Zealand with the Excel school of performing arts. During her time there, she received the top female vocalist award in recognition of her unique talent. It was this talent that she took to over 300 performance venues while on a 1 year tour.

It was after this experience that she discovered her passion and talent for songwriting and decided to start honing her craft; which would eventually lead her to win the Noise Conference Songwriter’s award in April this year. The coveted prize included recording time in the new Parachute studios in Auckland. She was also the finalist for the American International Acoustic Music Awards 2006.

Sayulee released her own EP “April Fool” in 2007 and traveled Denmark, London, Japan with it. This lush and thoughtfully crafted tunes proved popular with her fans.

In 2008 Sayulee traveled across distant shores to her birthplace, Japan. Where her talent was quickly recognized and she managed to make a living off her singing through regular TVCM (such as Sony, Toyota, Hitachi, Uniqlo) and supporting major Artists (such as AI, Ex-EXILE Shunsuke Kiyokiba etc). The song ‘There She Goes’ which Sayulee sung for Blanc (Monkey Majik's Maynard) was number 1 on iTunes. And her dream of singing at the Budokan came true only 3 years later in 2011 as she sung support for Shusuke Kiyokiba. “The next time I sing at Budokan will be with MY originals!!” says Sayulee.

With her first Japanese mini album ‘Shine’ getting released in August this year , Sayulee looks set to make a beautiful impact on the indie singer&songwriter scene. Watch this space!