is a Japanese singer-songwriter
, under the Fearless Records label on Sony Music Associated Records
. She currently resides in Tokyo.
Eri's professional career started at Sony Music SD "Gonna be a star" audition, a regularly held event for aspiring new pop artists. She sent in her demotape but forgot to put her address in it. The president of the audition wanted to contact her, and after asking for her through a few calls to Fukuokan post offices, he finally got hold of Eri.
At the audition, she raised interest in producer Shinichi Osawa
. She got 7 more label offers, but ultimately signed with Sony Music, and teamed up with Shinichi Osawa. As an artist on his label, Fearless Records, Osawa would go on to primarily produce Eri's music as he did with fellow label artist bird
2004-2006: Debut and nobuchikaeri
After finishing high school at the age of 19, Eri started work on her debut single, "Lights", which was released on December 8, 2004. The single features the title song, as well as an acoustic version and a karaoke version. The B-track, "I hear the music in my soul", shows off Shinichi Osawa's underground club music background with Eri providing a few vocals. "Lights" starred as the theme song of the Japanese film "深紅" (Shinku
, or "The Deep Red") and the ending theme song for the anime FLAG
. The song was also featured on Q Entertainment’s PlayStation Portable
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