マイア・ヒラサワ

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のシンガー・ソングライター。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、花王「エッセンシャル」TVCM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。2010年~2012年の間に7本のCMソングを手掛け、注目を集めた。2011年、楽曲を提供した「JR九州 / 祝!九州キャンペーン」が話題となり、YouTubeで200万を超えるビュー数を獲得。このCMはカンヌ国際広告祭で金賞、ロンドン国際広告祭では銀賞、そして、日本最高峰のACC CM FESTIVALでは貫禄のグランプリを受賞した。 また、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』と立て続けにヒット作をリリース。 2013年5月、約1年半の活動休止期間を経て、フル・アルバム『WHAT I SAW』を発表する。日本盤ボーナス・トラックには岸田繁(fromくるり)がヴォーカルで参加し、注目を集めた。 2014年1月、日本で手掛けたCM/タイアップ・ソングと日本人アーティストとのコラボ曲を一挙収録した企画アルバム『The Japan Collection』発売。 5月には主題歌を担当した映画『WOOD JOB!~神去なあなあ日常~』(矢口史靖監督)が公開され、高い評価を得た。 2016年7月、約3年ぶりとなるオリジナル・フル・アルバム『Beautiful And Ugly』をリリース。

 

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. After playing music for a while, she started writing her own songs around the age of 21, but her break came when she became a part of Swedish act Hello Saferide. This meant a lot for Maia, and eventually she released her own debut “Though, I’m just me…”. That 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. This commercial, however, was uploaded on YouTube, and gained over 2 million access. Many people were encouraged by Maia’s song and “Boom!” eventually got a lot of media exposure. In 2013, “What I Saw”, Maia’s first full studio album in 4 years, was released in both Sweden and Japan. Later in 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. Her latest work is “Beautiful And Ugly”, a new studio album released in July 2016. Again she sings in English, Japanese and Swedish.