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From: Japan

Genre:
Pop, Rock, Bossa Nova

PROFILE

Internationally renowned, multiple Billboard World Song Contest Award-winning Pandars Label's artist, Toshiya Ochiai was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital. He made his television debut as an actor in 1982 (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.). Toshiya studied music theory and jazz guitar under Jim Kelly (Gary Burton and the Berklee All Stars). He composes songs in English, inspired by British and American songwriters. Heard with Toshiya as a rhythm-lead guitarist in his songs are vocalists Rin Yamato, Monique Dehaney (photo), Emmi Meibergen, Nacomi Tanaka, Erina Nakajima, Aki Inamori, Vocaloid Luka Megurine, bamboo flutist Toshiya Mizukawa, and rhythm-lead guitarist/bassist Hisashi Shirahama. Toshiya received his Master of Arts degree from New York University, where he studied law and philosophy.


"Let me hold your hands

Set you free from your own spell

Can’t you see no need to fight?

No arms in your hands, no tears in our eyes. "

- Welcome New Life (A Farewell To Arms)


Awards: 2010 - 100% Music Songwriting Contest (France) Semi-Finalist/Snow in Kyoto ; 2009 -17th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/Snow in Kyoto; 2009-17th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/After All These Years ; 2009 - 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/ Dear My Love ; 2008-16th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/Everyday of My Life


All songs produced by Hisashi Shirahama for Pandars Label.