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  • Writer's pictureRosie G.

Rina Sawayama

When I first heard this singer I was entranced by her voice. Meet Rina Sawayama originally born in

Japan and raised in the U.K. is not only a singer but also a model and actress. When she first started going to school in England she didn't understand what the teachers were saying but found that musically she could communicate. She started posting covers on MySpace and later formed a hip-hop group called Lazy Lion when she was still in high school. She made her debut in 2013 with the single, Sleeping In Walking and her career took off. She is not conventional by any means and has gained such fans as Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John. She has released several singles that are avant-garde pop, nu-metal, heavy metal, and more. Interestingly enough her influences are Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Evanescence, Limp Bizkit, and more. She went public in 2020 by letting everyone know she can't be nominated for any British awards because she does not hold British citizenship. She posted on Twitter and in the U.K and got support from Elton John. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) later changed its rules to include anyone who has remained in the U.K. Later that year she made her tv debut here in the U.S. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and released her single, XS. She has also released her remake of Metallica's Enter Sandman along with an accompanying video that I have to say totally impressed me. In 2021 she was featured in the 4th installment of the movie John Wick and this past May she released her second album, Hold The Girl. She has released two singles from the album, This Hell and Phantom. She will be on tour and can't wait to check her out live. Support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!





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