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Kumiko Kato


Singer / Dancer
Japan

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Biography:
A bright, young starlet in the Japanese music world, Kumiko Kato is delighted to meet and perform for anime and J-Pop fans across North America. Kumiko has been around music all her life, with a father who played bass in the hit late 70s pop band "Sentimental City Romance" and a mother who took her to musicals in her hometown of Nagoya. Kumiko also sat down with the piano at an early age. But it was not until she heard Namie Amuro's stirring performance on television that Kumiko, at the age of ten, realized the dream she was destined to follow.

Inspired by Amuro as well as Janet Jackson, Kumiko spent her teenage years building a strong foundation in dance, winning regional awards in everything from jazz to classical ballet to traditional Japanese dance. At the same time, she balanced her lessons with several part-time jobs, hoping she could save enough money to visit America someday. Kumiko achieved her goal when she turned eighteen, and as soon as she arrived in New York, she knew she had found the missing piece of her musical puzzle.

Her debut single from Sounday Records, "Thinking of You" is produced by Laney Stewart (ex. K-Ci & Jo Jo, Toni Tony Tone, Chante Moore.) With this song, she performed in Houston & Dallas TX, Seattle WA, Orlando FL, Chicago, IL, San Jose & Long Beach CA, Marshall MN AND Baltimore MD in 2005.

Kumiko would like to share a message with you. "I sing from my heart, and I dance from my soul," she says, "So I know you will love it!"

 

 

Convention Guest Appearances:
2004
   Ushicon 2004 - January 30 - February 1 in Austin, TX
   AnimeFest 2004 - September 3-6 in Dallas, TX
   Nan Desu Kan 2004 - September 17-19 in Aurora, CO
2005
   KamiKazeCon 2005 - March 25-27 in Houston, TX
   Sakura-Con 2005 - April 8-10 in Seattle, WA
   JACON 2005 - April 15-17 in Orlando, FL
   Anime Central 2005 - May 13-15 in Rosemont, IL
   Sogen Con 2005 - May 20-22 in Marshall, MN
   FanimeCon 2005 - May 27-30 in San Jose, CA
   A-Kon 2005 - June 3-5 in Dallas, TX
   Otakon 2005 - August 19-21 in Baltimore, MD
   Pacific Media Expo 2005 - September 3-5 in Long Beach, CA
2006
   Shiokazecon 2006 - April 28-30 in Houston, TX
   Anime Evolution 2006 - August 19-21 in Burnaby, BC cancelled appearance
13 guest appearances

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