Celebrating her fifth year as a solo artist, Ohara Sakurako releases her new single “I am I”. For her tenth time out, we get a dual perspective of the actress/singer with an introspective Sakurako resting her head on her bed and a more lively Sakurako playfully strolling in the forest under the protection of an umbrella. A vaguely funky instrumental layers the steady acoustic guitar under sparse bass guitar. The arrangement breaks into a full strength pop for the chorus. Sakurako adorns the arrangement with her pleasing voice and owns the arrangement with her slight vibrato. “I am I” is a short version, so we don’t get to hear too much past the first chorus, but if you are a fan of Sakurako then I’m sure you will be sold. “I am I”, the 10th single from Ohara Sakurako, goes on sale July 31, 2019.
Sakurako Ohara (大原櫻子 Ōhara Sakurako, born January 10, 1996) is a Japanese actress and pop singer under Victor Entertainment. Her father is narrator Hayashida Naochika. Formerly, she performed under the band MUSH&Co. as its vocalist. At 17, she auditioned for the role of Koeda Riko, the heroine in the manga-based movie Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru against 5,000 other girls and was selected. For her performance, she won the Best New Actress award at the 23rd Japan Film Critics Award. To promote the movie, Ohara formed the band MUSH&Co. and made her music debut with the song “Ashita mo”. Since then, all her music has been produced by Kameda Seiji (亀田誠治) who has worked with such artists as Hirai Ken, Angela Aki, Do As Infinity, and Shiina Ringo among many others.
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