Today, Japanese soul-singer Nao Yoshioka debuts the head-nodding funky title track from her new album The Truth available via YAMAHA MUSIC / SWEET SOUL RECORDS this Friday, September 14th. Produced by Emmy winning and Grammy nominated Khari Mateen (The Roots, Jill Scott) the song is about never giving up your aspirations. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
“Khari is very true to himself and his art which is why I really wanted him to do the title track. He’s the most artistic producer I’ve ever worked with and it was a dream to collaborate,” explains Nao Yoshioka. “Every time I sing the song’s lyrics ‘never lose that feeling, never lose that you know to be true’ it awakens a strong feeling deep inside me. Sometimes in our lives we get a bit lost, so I hope that this song awakens the listeners pure emotions too.”
On September 14th, Nao Yoshioka will release her 3rd album The Truth. Collaborations include Khari Mateen (The Roots, Jill Scott), Swizz Beatz protégé Musicman Ty and Grammy nominated songstress Carolyn Malachi. Sensual lead single “I Love When” was declared “one of the best songs all year!!!” by YouKnowIGotSoul. And “Spark,” the electric jazz infused follow-up “cleverly flows from soul to jazz and back” declared SoulBounce while Echoes Magazine says album cut “Beautiful Imperfections” is “as magnetic a head-nodder as I’ve heard all year.”
ABOUT NAO YOSHIOKA:
Nao Yoshioka is a progressive soul-singer who continues to evolve beyond all boundaries. In 2015, her powerful voice and New York-styled delivery won her SoulTracks’ ‘New Artist of the Year’award and earlier in her career propelled her to runner-up in the legendary Apollo Theater Amateur Night. Since her debut single “Make the Change” was released in 2012, she’s received kudos from a number of soul music veterans including Grammy-winning singer and songwriterGordon Chambers.
In 2015 after releasing her debut album “The Light,” she sold-out Japan’s Blue Note Tokyo, performed at the hugely popular Summer Sonic festival and also guested with bassist Nathan East at Billboard Live Tokyo. In the summer of 2016, Nao performed at her first major US music festival,Capital Jazz Fest alongside legends like Lalah Hathaway and Marcus Miller. She has also performed at venues around the world including Blue Note New York, the legendary Birchmere where she has opened for José James and Rahsaan Patterson, Club Dauphine in The Netherlands where she shared the stage with saxophonist Candy Dulfer, and Hideaway, South London’s award-winning live music venue. In 2017, Nao Yoshioka toured Japan, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and also performed during the 11th Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise sailing from New York to Bermuda.
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