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BORN TO SING


AI was born on November 2, 1981 at 3:25PM. A Japanese father and a mother who is half Italian/American and half Japanese. AI's mother, Barbara recalls, "From the minute she was born AI's voice was very loud. It was quite different from other babies."
Music was part of AI's household. As a baby, she danced to music without understanding any of the words and grew up making music a part of her life. Intuitively, her mother saw AI growing up to become a vocalist. AI's singing career started at a very young age.



FROM LA TO JPPAN

AI spent her childhood in LA, went to elementary and junior high school in Japan and returned to LA in high school from where she graduated in June 2000. In 1989 she found herself determined to take dancing and singing seriously after having watched her favorite artist at the time, Michael Jackson in "Black or White".
Movies are AI's another passion. She particularly likes "I, Tina" which depicts Tina Turner's life story. As a young girl she watched this movie over 20 times. Whitney Houston is her model and she has great admiration for Lauryn Hill.



GOSPEL CHOIR


AI appeared with Mary J. Blige known as Queen of Hip-Hop at Universal Amphitheater in LA where she performed as a member of a gospel choir. AI was one of the only 14 selected to sing with Mary on her stage.



DANCE

One day in high school, AI's friend asked her if she was interested in joining her for an audition for Janet Jackson's PV. This was more than she could wish for but needed approval from her school. She called her mother in Japan and asked her to call the school for the permission. Fortunately, she made it to the audition to find 700 other dancers from only 40 would be selected as finalists.
AI made the finals. The actual shooting took 2 days and she received in return 500 dollars for her performance. She even got to meet Janet in person.



BACK CHORUS

AI appeared with Mary J. Blige known as Queen of Hip-Hop at Universal Amphitheater in LA where she performed as a member of a gospel choir. AI was one of the only 14 selected to sing with Mary on her stage.



CHILD OF GOD

It's that moment of intense concentration when an animal is about to attack his prey that makes us think of AI. AI loses her touch with her surrounding when she focuses on her music. Everything becomes totally oblivious to her. When she writes her songs before completing her original backtracks she would pursue each sound until she finds the exact notes she's looking for. Her natural "sixth sense" helps to adds a pleasant touch to her melodies. All this comes natural to her expressed in her songs and dances.
AI believes in herself and she believes in the lord. When she communicates her messages spiritually and vocally, a skill learnt from being part of a gospel choir, she becomes almost divine. A "Child of God".



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