マイア・ヒラサワ / Maia Hirasawa
1980年、スウェーデン、ストックホルム生まれ。日本人の父とスウェーデン人の母をもつ。2007年、アルバム『Though, I’m Just Me』でデビュー。その後、休暇のため一年間仙台に居住し、CMへの楽曲提供を皮切りに日本国内での活動もスタートさせる。2011年、日本独自制作によるアルバム『maia hirasawa』、EP『Boom!』、2012年にはミニ・アルバム『WE GOT IT』と立て続けに作品をリリース。シングル“Boom!”は2011年のJ-WAVE「TOKIO HOT100」年間チャートで1位を記録する大ヒットとなった。
2013年5月、約1年半の活動休止期間を経て、アルバム『WHAT I SAW』を発表。2016年7月には約3年ぶりとなるアルバム『Beautiful And Ugly』をリリースした。
2017年にGREENROOM FESTIVAL、2018・2019年にはARABAKI ROCK FESTIVALに2年連続で参加するなど、国内のフェスシーンでも欠かせない存在となっている。
Maia Hirasawa was born in 1980 outside Stockholm, Sweden where she grew up with her Swedish mother and her Japanese father, along with the rest of her big family. In 2007, she released her debut album “Though, I’m just me…”, which marked the beginning of a very intense time for Maia Hirasawa. The album went gold in Sweden and stayed at #1 on iTunes for two weeks, which lead to some serious touring. In January 2008 she was awarded the “Best Newcomer” prize at the P3 Guld National Radio Awards.
In 2010, she decided to spend a year in Sendai. Originally it was for holidays, but soon she started writing songs again, including “It Doesn’t Stop” for Kao Essential advertising. By the end of the year, her charismatic voice attracted people throughout Japan.
In January 2011, Maia released a Japan special album “maia hirasawa”, in which she had sung in English, Japanese and Swedish. In March 2011, she flew back to Sweden. Just a few weeks before, she has written a song “Boom!” for JR Kyushu advertising, which went off the air due to the Tohoku Earthquake. The commercial, however, was uploaded on YouTube, and gained over 2 million access. Many people were encouraged by Maia’s song and “Boom!” eventually got huge media exposure.
In 2013, “What I Saw”, Maia’s first full studio album in 4 years, was released in both Sweden and Japan. Later that year, she toured Tokyo, Osaka and Sendai in support of the album. This was followed by a compilation album “The Japan Collection”, which contains various songs she has created especially for Japan.
In 2016, Maia released “Beautiful And Ugly”, in which she had again sung in English, Swedish and Japanese.
Maia constantly performs in music festivals, such as GREENROOM FESTIVAL (2017) and ARABAKI ROCK FESTIVAL (2018 & 2019).
Her latest release is a digital EP “Better” (2019).