TOMOKO

TOMOKO

 New York City, New York, USA
BandR&BSinger/Songwriter

Critics describe TOMOKO's soulful, sexy, 'soultry' voice as that of an 'Asian Sade', which, when combined with her spiritual messages, is the true art of 'East meets West'. TOMOKO is the hottest music export from Japan. A Rising Star from the Land of the Rising Sun is born.

Biography

As time goes by we can become oblivious but Fukushima is not just another disaster that has happened far away. It is a global energy problem. TOMOKO 's music brings greater spiritual awareness to how we shall overcome and grow through faith. All the download proceeds of her tribute song to Japan 'PROMISE' will be donated to support Japan accordingly to the organization in need.

TOMOKO brings forth a soulful sensuality and spirituality that are simply irresistible. Her sexy, 'soultry' voice is often compared to that of Sade. Her music combines uplifting messages coming from two different cultural perspectives, making it a true 'East meets West' art form.

Growing up in Japan, TOMOKO was swept away by American pop and soul music. Stevie Wonder's masterpiece, 'Songs in the Key of Life', changed her life forever at the age of nine. Everyone, including her own family, laughed at her when she expressed her desire to become a soul singer. Undeterred by the conventions of society, she packed her things one day and moved to New York City. The rest, as they say, is history.

"Her CD is so hot, effortless and outstanding. I'm in love with her single 'Love Me', and of course every time I see her, it's like meeting a beautiful angel in the sky… I want to keep tuning in.", says Lenny Green- the voice of the "KISSing After Dark" program on 98.7Kiss FM.

''Organically Afro Asiatic' is her very first major release in the U.S. from Bluesback Records, founded by world-renowned trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon.

Amongst her many live performances around the world and the New York area, TOMOKO has sung in the Gospel Choir backing up Josh Groban for the X'mas Tress Lighting Ceremoney at Rockefeller Center broadcast live on NBC, sang the National Anthem for a NY Yankees minor league game, and has performed in many other major venues in New York City, including the internationally famous Blue Note.

Lyrics

Mercy Joy and the City

Written By: TOMOKO

MERCY, JOY AND THE CITY
Written by TOMOKO ©Far East Soul Music Publishing/ASCAP

VERSE 1
Spoken words down at the cafe in the village
Raises the thought and spirit to initiate
The sweet notes of jazz on the cold winter street
Tastes rich and generous for all the senses
Tropical colors of love in fusion everywhere
Find romance in lovers¡Ç kiss in the city light
Tragedies even brought us to a higher awareness
Caring for one another surely eases the pain

CHORUS
Mercy Joy
Woo Mercy Joy and the City

VERSE 2
Others come from half way around the world
Searching for the sunshine amongst the rain
Tryin¡Ç to make it until the twelfth of never
On the edge, no promises, but don¡Çt let it bother
Don¡Çt explain the struggles in the wonder of growing
Do not suffer from suffering and see
Find the strength in disguise of the blessings
One day you¡Çll spread your wings and sing

CHORUS

SPOKEN WORDS
Still such mercy and joy
When we dance in our providence
Love in the air, songs in our hearts
And the passion never ends
The tragedy even brought us closer
Oh Lord, Lord have mercy¡Ä

CHORUS

Love Me

Written By: TOMOKO

LOVE ME
Written by TOMOKO ©Far East Soul Music Publishing/ASCAP

VERSE 1
If you're wondering, no I'm not the shy one
I'm ready to kick it with someone like you
I'm not gonna hold back not me

I've been thinking you're so fine
My body is calling, the temperature is rising
I'm feeling you, I ain't holding back, not me

CHORUS
So baby love me, love me
Love me till you flow with me
All the way unfolding all the mystery
Honey I'll take you where you've never been
Come with me, oh yeah

VERSE 2
See I am able to tell you when I like it or how I like it
It's all up to you tonight
There's nothing to hide, not me

In case you don't know
There're some things that never change
But what I got may be something special to you
Your fantasy is right here

CHORUS
VERSE 3
Cuz I feel sexy tonight, let's hang for a while
We can do it all night, gonna be all right
Wanna feel it inside, just keep it right there
Damn, do that thing, can't take it no more..

Geisha Girl

Written By: TOMOKO

GEISHA GIRL
Written by TOMOKO © Far East Soul Music Publishing/ASCAP

VERSE 1
Com'n yo, I'm in the mix coming forward from the land.
Where women are mystified to be a brother's keeper in the house
So I'm gonna make it clear to you, I'm more than what you see.
I'm gonna take control of my life, and enjoy the life with this journey

Yes baby I'm condescend.
I got modesty in my bone.
But I know how to express what I got in my mind, stand up for myself.
Staying with fundamentals, but I'm also keeping it real.
That's how I got it together from the good and bad from both of yo'll

CHORUS
I ain't no Geisha Girl
I'm holding it down with Baby Phat, Sushi, Karate
I love my crib where East meets West.
I ain't no Geisha Girl

VERSE 2
I'm sorry baby, what you say?
Say that I'm a little too strong for you?
Say that I'm a little to thick for you?
Back home that's how it used to be

But you know what, what the hell?
Can't you see your prejudice?
I'm not as typical as you think and I ain't here to entertain your taste.
Woo baby don't you understand, it ain't about the sex or age.
Surely not about where you're from
We're both the divine being!

CHORUS

Promise

Written By: TOMOKO&JAMBA

PROMISE
Written by TOMOKO&JAMBA
© Far East Soul Music Publishing, Crooked Chin Music Publishing

VERSE 1
Don't wanna be afraid
For you are the reason I live
Got a song to sing what my soul desires and longs for
Making every choice I need to stay on track
Just to get close to you
I'm taking one day at a time

'Cause I said I would, my promise to you Lord
What may come my way I'll never leave your side
But still it gets so tough
'Cause I'm standing here alone
Can you take my hand and lift me up again

VERSE 2
I'm so grateful
All through the winter to spring
I can feel your love and it always keeps me going
Late in the midnight hour
No matter when or where I go
I can hear your voice.. hear your of love

'Cause I said I would, my promise to you Lord
What may come my way I'll never leave your side
But still it gets so tough
See I'm standing here alone
Can you please take my hand and lift me up again

BRIDGE
Through the good time and the bad time
When I couldn't even see
You have always guided me through
This is all I can do, give my all to you..

This is my promise to you Lord, just for you Lord
What may come my way I'll never leave your side
And now I'm here all alone
Can you please take my hand
Take me under your wings where I belong

Should I

Written By: TOMOKO

SHOULD I?
Written by TOMOKO © Far East Soul Music Publishing/ASCAP

CHORUS
Should I put my faith in you? Should I put my trust in you?
Should I let you back in again or should I let you go now?

VERSE 1
It’s not so long ago when we were together
You would always stay around
People used to say that our love would never end
But I was too blind to let you fool around
And tear up my heart in two
Thought you’d never let me down

CHORUS
VERSE 2
Those days are over now I was so naive
I started taking a real good look around
Cuz I used to think that our love would never fade
Now am I bitter telling you to stay away
And protect my heart from harm
Thought you’d never let me down

CHANGE
Cuz I don’t wanna cry day and night from the sorrow of being alone
And I don’t wanna wait back and forth around the phone
Worryin about your whereabouts no more, no more

Should I Should I Should I, Should I Should I,
Give you one more chance?
Should I Should I Should I, Should I Should I,
Let you stay around?
Should I Should I Should I Should I Should I,
Let you come back in?
Should I Should I Should I Should I Should I,
Let you love me again?

Hold On

Written By: TOMOKO&JAMBA

HOLD ON
Written by TOMOKO&JAMBA
©Far East Soul Music Publishing, Crooked Chin Music Publishing

VERSE 1
Life can be so tough
All the hopes are gone
The world's fallen apart
No one's hearing you
No one really cares
And I know it's hard to see
Why you should go on

CHORUS
But baby don't give up
Hold on
Change's gonna come
If you hold on
This won't last forever
Just hold on, hold on, hold on...

VERSE 2
You just get by
Every minute, every hour
Look all the misery
You just can't break it through
It only gets harder every day
And I know it feels like
There's no way to survive

CHORUS
CHANGE
There'll always be a light in the darkness, hold on..
Even when nothing seems to work right, hold on..
There's no one who's really around, but hold on..
Keep the faith and trust, it'll be all right, hold on..

CHORUS

So Much Love OSAKA DANCE MIX

Written By: TOMOKO

SO MUCH LOVE
Written by TOMOKO © Far East Soul Music/ASCAP

VERSE 1
Something has come over me
And it happened in a blink of an eye
Now the new level of consciousness
Took over my past ungrateful self!
Was I too blind to see, how could I be?
But now I see

CHORUS
So much love, so much grace, in so many lives
Had I been seen
So wonderful, so beautiful, unbelievable
Is this world we live

VERSE 2
Just look around myself
The treasure of my imagination
But all I ever focused on was the lack and the things
I didn’t have!
Was I too blind to see, how could I be so blind?
But now I see

CHORUS
VAMP
Music takes me high, I’m gonna dance all night
Music takes me high, everything will be all right

We gotta come together, we need to get it together
We gotta come together, we need to get it together

So much love within, so much love to give
So many hearts to hold, so many souls to touch
So many melodies to sing, so many people to love
So many things to love, so many things we have!
So many days we let go by without loving!
Without loving baby
Loving more and more and more…

Discography

'Organically Afro Asatic' is her very first major release in the U.S. from BLUESBACK RECORDS owned by the noted-as-the best trombone player in the world- Wycliffe Gordon.
CD is available on CDBaby.com or TOMOKOMUSIC.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com.
Her single 'Love Me' and 'Mercy Joy and the City' has been spinned on NY's 101.9 and 98.7FM.
The sensational new music video of her tribute song to Japan 'PROMISE' will be released around August 2011.

Set List

The song list on a typical day:
1. Someday We'll All Be Free(Donny Hathaway)
2. Mercy Joy and the City
3. Should I
4. Ms.&Mr. Little Ones(Stevie Wonder)
5. Hold On
6. Geisha Girl
7. Love Me
8. Rio de Janeiro Blue(Randy Crawford)
9. Promise
10. Stars with No Name(in Japanese)
11. So Much Love
12. Master Blaster(Stevie Wonder)