Kazumasa Oda

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kazumasa Oda is a singer-songwriter, also known as the leader of the famous folk rock band Off Course.

As a vocalist and leader of Off Course, Oda wrote many Japanese standard numbers in the 70s and 80s. He and Yasuhiro Suzuki (who left the band in 1982) were important composers in the band. The group’s most successful singles “Sayonara” (1979), “Yes-No” (1980), and “Kimi ga Uso o Tsuita” (1984) were written by Oda.

In 1985 he began work as a solo musician. He produced many hit singles as singer-songwriter, such as “Little Tokyo” (1989), “Itsuka Dokokade” (1992), “Tsutaetai Koto ga Arunda” (1997) and “Kirakira” (2002). His most successful single was “Love Story wa Totsuzen ni” (1991), the theme song of a Japanese TV drama called Tokyo Love Story. It sold over 2,580,000 copies and became the eighth best-selling single in Japan.

In the 21st century, he released three albums and all of them reached number one on the official Japanese music chart, Oricon. Above all, compilation album Jiko Best (2002) sold over 2,200,000 copies. Because of the most recent album Soukana (2005), he became the oldest solo music artist who has reached number one on Oricon’s album chart. In addition, because of the single “Kokoro” (2007), he became the oldest solo music artist who has reached number one on Oricon’s single chart

Official Website: http://www.fareastcafe.co.jp/
Sony Music: http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Arch/ARI/oda/
Facebook: http://ja-jp.facebook.com/KazumasaOda

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