Shadows of Dreams
Aika started taking piano lessons when she was in grammar school, but was always more interested in the music and melodies that seemed flow effortlessly from her mind than the tedious work of learning sheet music. The young Aika never thought of writing down her ideas as songs, but as she discovered her originality, she slowly grew into her musical talent, and in 1996, began her songwriting career. 'When I began searching for the melodies in my heart, I started wanting to write them down. That's when I started thinking of being a singer-songwriter, or perhaps a composer someday'. 'Shadows of Dreams' is the debut, all English, self-cover album by the song-writer and background vocalist for many of Mai-K's biggest hits, Aika Ohno. In just three years of writing music, she has already written several top ten hits for Japanese pop artists such as Mai-K, Rina Aiuchi, and ZARD. Some of Mai-K's biggest hits-- 'Love, Day After Tomorrow,' 'Secret of my heart,' 'Delicious Way,' -- are on the album, and there is even a special guest appearance by Mai-K herself on the track 'always.' All tracks are remixed and arranged by some of the world's top arrangers and manipulators, including the Cybersound Studio team and DJ Gomi (Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, etc.). The remixes give new energy to the songs while still keeping true to Aika's original demo sound-- the same demos that have been inspiring artists like Mai-K with Aika's enchanting melodies and sweet, emotional vocals. For Mai-K fans, the album should present interesting introspection into the roots of their favorite Japanese star's songs, as well as the fun of listening and comparing the differences in arrangement and singing style . And for those unfamiliar with Japanese pop, this album presents a truly unique opportunity to hear, feel and experience a style of pop music new to American ears.
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