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X Factor Okinawa Japan Top 9 contestant, Kinami, is a bilingual indie-pop singer-songwriter known for her catchy hooks, seasoned melodies and story-telling lyrics. Through the influence of Okinawan, Japanese and American culture, her musical style and expression belongs on international waters.

Kinami's debut EP "Gojiai," translated to "self-love" reflects the facets of herself that have challenged self love. With tendencies to be selective, she's naturally suppressed undesirable traits to please others, thereby herself; but through the making of "Gojiai" realized the liberation of self-acceptance. In hopes to shed light to this journey, Kinami delivers a 5 song EP with various sub-genres to reflect versions of herself she's learning to love. With her debut single, and mental health awareness song, "Blue Sapphire" accumulating over 19,000 TikTok video creations and earning a Japan-wide placement in over 17,000 convenience stores, the anticipation of her debut EP is weighed on a world wide scale.

Kinami's newest track, and first heartache ballad, "i was ur girl" highlights her soft airy vocals, and wave-like background vocals that'll put you in a daze. While drifting in white lies and overconfident lyrics, the irony of her loneliness wakes with each chorus. Challenged to accept reality, "i was ur girl" becomes a mantra and lifeline to not look back. Perfected for late night drives, Kinami's debut ballad is anticipated to soundtrack time alone.

Navigating through outdated patterns, Kinami comes to share and start her era of "Gojiai" by presenting herself as is.

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Sun Kissed Baby


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iTunes Store • R&B/Soul TOP ALBUMS • Japan • TOP 10 • 17 May 2022 Apple Music • R&B/Soul Top Albums • Mexico • TOP 92 • 19 May 2022

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Sun Kissed Baby

Spotify • Hangover Detox by block.fm • 21 May 2022


Apple Music • MUSIC SHARE • 1 Jun 2022 Spotify • Best New Music: DIGLE SOUND • 16 May 2022

i was ur girl

Apple Music • New in R&B • 20 May 2022 Spotify • RADAR: Early Noise • 18 May 2022 Apple Music • MUSIC SHARE • 1 Jun 2022 Spotify • New Music Everyday - tuneTracks (curated by TuneCore Japan) • 16 May 2022 Spotify • Pluto Selection(Biweekly) • 30 May 2022 Apple Music • CUT Tokyo • 26 May 2022 Apple Music • 78 musi-curate TuneCore Japan zone • 24 May 2022 Spotify • Monday Spin • 23 May 2022 Spotify • 最Hit東洋榜 • 20 May 2022 Spotify • New Music Wednesday • 18 May 2022

Artist Profile

  • Kinami

    Kinami is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Okinawa, influenced by indegenous Rykyuan, Japanese and American culture. Her 'champuru' or stir fry style of multi-cultural and generational influence is reflected in her melodic choices and lyrics breathed to life in vocal and live performances. 'Kinami' also meaning 'shining seven seas' symbolizes her direction in spreading her truth and light to the world, one song, one performance at a time. With an uprise in domestic and global recognition through streaming playlists, a Japanese national TV appearance, and features on renowned billboards in Shibuya, her artistry speaks for this generation's over-thinkers. Her debut single, "Blue Sapphire" has accumulated over 19,000 TikTok video creations and earned a Japan-wide song placement in over 17,000 convenience stores. Followed by her first music video being featured on Tokyo's renowned billboards in Shibuya crossing. With her previous single, "Don't need to let it go" written for TuneCore Japan's 10th Anniversary commercial being placed in Japan's top editorial playlists, Kinami's road to further solidify a world-wide fanbase is highly anticipated.

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