Interview by Jet Axel and Ahmed Abdi
Nao Yoshioka is a soul singer from Japan. Born in Osaka, her style is described as evolving soul, combining a powerful voice, expressiveness, and history with a modern twist. After living in New York alone, where she pursued music propelled to put a focus on creating music that resonates with people’s hearts, she is now back in Tokyo.
Some of the achievements she has are moments such as being runner-up at amateur night in the Apollo Theatre or performing at Capital Jazz Fest, the biggest soul festival in the United States.
The song ‘Tokyo 2020’ starts with a sitar introduction, creating an exotic atmosphere. Nao Yoshioka’s soulful vocal work shines through with the beautiful strings. 70’s nostalgia and modern R&B sounds effortlessly coexist throughout this track.