As I am sure everyone knows now, YUI is my absolute favourite singer song writer and actually maybe my favourite musician.
She comes from a very modest background and a single parent home, and when she was a teenager she did not have any money and so she played music in the street to make money. She says in interviews that this is where she learned to be a performer.
I love her songs as they really talk to me in a very direct way and she sings in a really natural style that sometimes feels just like she is talking in some ways.
She always shows total integrity and her songs are really direct and honest and very human. She is very positive and always shows girls as strong and in control in her songs, and even in the sad songs where she is doubting herself, she never acts a victim. This message coming from someone from such an modest background I find this very inspiring.
She comes from Fukuoka, which is a city in the industrial area of Fukuoka-Kitakyūshū. When she became 17 in 2004 she contracted to Sony Music and became one of the most popular artist in Japan. She has released 5 albums, four have been platinum albums and one double platinum she also has 9 gold singles. So she is really a major star here in Japan and all Asia actually.
Even if she is being super talented she is also totally cool and natural. She still plays in the street very often. She says in interviews that playing in the street she can really get to feel and connect to the people.
I found some you tube videos of her performing in the street that I would like to share.
Of course the sound is really not very good at all as it is captured by the people and there is the background noise also, but I hope you can see something of her personality in the videos. At the end I posted a video of two tracks from this year concert in Hong Kong.
The first video is from 2005 and she playing in the street in Sendai before her concert there when she was first becoming successful.
This video is captured by a fan on a mobile phone so the quality is not so good but I like it ! ! !
She is singing the song It’s happy line
This year she toured Japan and Asia to promote her totally wonderful new album Hotel Holiday In The Sun, and played in Hong Kong.
Of course now she is a big star but she still really wants to play in the street next to the people. So she toured Hong Kong in a bus and just stopped here and there and played some songs in the street, even if the record company and promoters were very worried about it.
Here she is in Hong Kong playing in the street. I think you can really see her personality in this video ! ! !
(but the sound is very poor)
She is playing the song Good Bye Days
Finally I want to show you a video clip from the concert she played after that.
In this clip she plays two songs. The first is called Again, and second is Rolling Star.
I wish there were more artists with her integrity and humanity ! ! ! I hope one day she will become more known in the West.
Do The Spillers know any really big artist that still play in the streets?