Singer / Performing Artist
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（ Little Shop of Horrors/ Leader of the Pack）
AYUKO SAITO was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She learned the classical piano from age of 6 to 15. In her childhood, she liked to listen to Japanese pop music and the first singer who inspired her to sing was Seiko Matsuda.
She started to listen to foreign music like American and British pop music, when she was 13 years old , when she started to take contemporary vocal lessons in Tokyo. Through out her high school life, she was involved in English Acting club.
When she was 16 years old, she went to Fargo, North Dakota of the U.S. as an exchange student. While she was there, she was involved in high school musicals, which were “Little Shop of Horrors” and “ The Leader of the Pack”, where she was cast as a soloist.
After coming back to Japan, when she was 17 years old, she started to take Jazz Vocal lessons.
In 1991, she she was 19 years old, she went back to the US to enter in Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA., where she majored in Vocal Performance. She learned contemporary music like Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Rock and pop, while, at the same time, studying the basics of contemporary music theory. Her vocal style was inspired and influenced especially by Black Music. When she was a senior, she met Jeaanie Deva who was one of the greatest vocal coach in Boston, and learned vocal techniques further from her.
In 1995, she graduated from Berklee College of Music.
After coming back to Japan, she had an opportunity to sing for a commercial film and started to get more offers for recordings like other commercial films, movies, TV films and back-ups for artists and for concerts until many years after. She stayed quite active as a professional singer who could sing all kinds of music in both Japanese and English.
She established her vocal style characterized by her soulful and rich expressions through putting the emotion straight on her voice.
Although she left music from 2010 to 2015 because of marriage, birth of children and nursing them, in 2016, she decided to return to her music life and also to get active as a solo singer.
In 2021, she started a project to expand her performing area as a solo singer who creates a wide rage of world on her stage beyond genre of music, adding songs from films, musicals and Disney’s to her characteristic style of Soul, Jazz and Rock music.