Anna Tsuchiya

Anna Tsuchiya

Billboard Japan

Anna Tsuchiya will celebrate 15 years as a singer in November with two special shows called Colors at the Blue Note Tokyo and Nagoya in Japan.

Tsuchiya began her career in showbiz as a model and actress and is perhaps best known in the U.S. for her portrayal of the scrappy delinquent in the movie Kamikaze Girls. Her focus, however, has always been on music.

After making her singing debut in November 2002 as the rock duo Spin Aqua with guitarist K.A.Z. (Vamps, Oblivion Dust) and going solo in 2005, she has consistently released solid rock tracks like "Rose," the theme song for the animated series Nana, and has gained an international following for her versatile vocals and magnetic stage presence.

She has also incorporated gospel, the music she grew up on, into her repertoire in recent years, and plays an annual Christmas concert at the Christ Shinagawa Church Gloria Chapel, delivering hymns and popular song covers with a 100-member choir.

Tsuchiya has a loyal fan base in China and played a solo concert in Shanghai last summer. The coveted tickets prompted the Chinese authorities to regulate sales but they sold out in a matter of days.

Preceding the two Blue Note nights, Tsuchiya will be busy connecting with fans around the globe with a concert scheduled in Mexico on Oct. 5 and appearances at the Japan × Malaysia Friendship Concert 2017 in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 23 and the Super Japan Expo in Santiago, Chile on Oct. 7.