Adya was born and raised in Chiba, Japan where she started piano lessons at the age of three. Then, by nine, the focus shifted to classical piano training.
Listening to English pop records allowed her to develop her vocal capabilities naturally; being eager to sing along to her favorite tunes which lead her to study voice at Berkeley School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Upon her return to Japan from the U.S., Adya started performing with her own jazz quartet in Tokyo and Chiba. In 2009, she met music producer G. Nii Amon Ashie while performing at a hotel piano bar singing Carole King songs, flawlessly. Critics have tagged her sound as an Urban Organic Jazz sound, reminiscent of early 70’s funk with smoldering jazz instrumental solos.
Nii Amon took Adya under his wing and began to co-write with her. They have subsequently arranged several songs, released 2 EPs in addition to Adya’s first Japanese language single titled ‘Lonesome Town’ which was released in June 2015.
In November 2017 her first full album, Be Like Her, was released on the Obonu Music label. Two of the songs, the title song Be Like Her, and Girl made it to top Spotify playlists; Girl in January of 2018 and Be Like Her in February 2018. This spring of 2018, Adya is poised to release an acoustic album with a special surprise!
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