Introducing MIREI



Born in Osaka, Japan, MIREI (pronounces Me-Ray a.k.a. Mirei Tohyama) was brought up by music loving parents and started singing even before she was in a kindergarten.

Now age 13, the seventh grade beauty studies music and dancing at a local performing art school in Japan perfecting her style, and has even made several open mic appearances in NYC wowing the audience even at the very competitive events like weekly session at Sugar Bar, the Ashford and Simpson’s popular restaurant/cabaret in upper west side, and Ron Grant’s legendary Sunday night talent show at the Village Underground. The pint sized triple threat, who sites Beyoncé, Lady GaGa and Rihanna as her musical influence is a hot new artist on horizon and already on many New Yorkers’ watch list!

MIREI's video digest from Dec 2011 including Free Style Dance Battle @Cypher In Da Hood and Ron Grant's open mic sesseion @Village Underground in New York City:

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Japanese Chanteuse

Mirei delivers awesome performances at NYC’s Village Underground & Sugar Bar

  NEW YORK BEACON, December 15, 2011 - December 21, 2011

By Don Thomas

Mirei 13, (pronounced Me-Ray) returned to the the Big Apple recently where she made her debut performance in September to a standing room only crowd at the popular Ron Grant’shosted Village Underground open mic event on West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village. Her performance was such a smashing success, that it left the crowd begging for more! more! more! Well Mirei’s die-hard fans got there wish when by popular demand she returned to the Village Underground on Sunday, December 4th, and delivered a follow up open mic awesome performance accompanied by a live house band.

The 13 year-old pint sized powerhouse singer who sites Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Rihanna as her musical influences has a voice that would give any seasoned R&B divas a run for their money.

Born in Osaka, Japan, the Japanese beauty brought the crowd to their feet with a riverting performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” She once again had the crowd begging for more!, following her upbeat soulful arrangement of ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin’s “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” By the end of her performance Mirei had the respect of every “A” List and would-be performer in the house, as cameras clicked and tongues wagged as she received a thunderous standing ovation.

Prior to the Village Underground engagement, Mirei blew the packed standing room only crowd away at the popular Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson’s owned Sugar Bar supper club on West 72nd Street, when she once again delivered an show stopping open mic rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” accompanied by a live house band. Commenting on her New York City Village Underground and Sugar Bar musical open mic experiences Mirei says, “I love New York. I feel a sense of freedom to just be me. New York also challenges and enhances me musically. The people in New York are very honest and they don’t hold back. I will be back very soon. I would love to perform at The Apollo. That would be like a dream come true for me.”


(Top) Mirei strikes a pose with Ron Grant, producer/performer and host of popular open mic events held at the Village Underground in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.

(Left) Mirei belts out “I Will Always Love You” and “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” at the Village Underground. (Right) Mirei delivers awesome rendition of “I Will Always Love You” at Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson’s Sugar Bar supper club on West 72nd Street. (Photos: Ronnie Wright)

Kaz Hayashida