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January 23rd, 2009

Japanese singer/songwriter and Electro-Voice microphone endorser MINMI started her musical career in 1996, performing showcases and hip hop events at clubs in Osaka while continuing to compose her own original tracks. It didn’t take long for MINMI to make a name for herself in the club market, and soon she joined Japanese record label Big Sound as a guest performer with artists Red Spider and Mighty Jam Rock. The albums received universal acclaim, and became hits not only in the reggae market but also in the world of hip hop.

Riding a wave of early success, MINMI signed with JVC, and her first Maxi Single “The Perfect Vision“ was released in August 2003. The single was a hit with radio stations and garnered frequent play. The song climbed the charts over a three-month period and eventually sold 400,000 copies-an extraordinary figure for a debut single. In September 2006, MINMI was nominated as the Best New Artist at the Soca Awards in New York-the only Japanese artist to ever be nominated for a Soca Award.

MINMI continues to produce quality music that earns her invitations to the world’s most elite venues, including the famous Trinidad Tobago Festival, and festivals in Rio de Janeiro, and Venice. Her performance in Trinidad earned a trip back to the festival in 2007, where she performed alongside Wylclef Jean.

At the 2008 festival in Trinidad, MINMI participated in “Soca Monarc,“ a competition for major local artists. MINMI became the first Japanese artist to ever win the preliminary round, and went into the final round of the competition. She performed on a national stage in front of the audience of more than 30,000 people and became the first Japanese artist to even make it into the competition’s round of eight. MINMI shows no signs of slowing down on her rise to international stardom, and looks to exceed her fans’ expectations with performances for years to come.

MINMI’s official website: www.minmi.jp.