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Songstress, AK Akemi Kakihara, released numerous global hits in the 2000s, such as "SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME" (No. 1 worldwide & Single/Album charts on iTunes Japan). Universal Music Recording Artist, singer-songwriter, producer. Born and raised in Japan, living in New York City, where she has worked with Grammy winner Mastering Engineer Tom Coyne, and legendary DJs, such as Danny Krivit and Francois K.

She signed to EMI Music Japan under the artist name "AK". She began producing her own albums and releasing self-produced albums, such as "YES" in 1998 (recorded in London), "DREAMIN' in 1999 (recorded in LA), and "LOVE" in 2000 - 2001 (recorded in NY).

In 2001, AK relocated to NYC where she marked her U.S. debut on King Street Sounds with the single, "Say That You Love Me", remixed by Francois K & Eric Kupper. The single was soon picked up by the renowned DJs at Body & Soul, including Francois K & Danny Krivit, Little "Louie" Vega, Kim Lightfoot, Frankie Feliciano, to name a few. It was on the heavy playlist on the UK's BBC Radio & Galaxy FM, as well as various radio stations in Italy and Norway, becoming a major hit in Japan and Europe, consequently hitting the No.1 of the charts worldwide.

"SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME - Best of NY Sweet Electro", AK's first dance/house/electro collection album released on EMI Japan in the summer of 2010, ranked impressively at the No.1 of both Single & Album Charts on iTunes Japan.

AK released many global hit songs such as "No One Else" remixed by Jon Cutler, "Shining Your Way" collaboration with Jephte Guillaume, "Beautiful Sunrise" collaboration with STUDIO APARTMENT, "Heaven Is Right Here" collaboration with Ananda Project.

April 22, 2022, AK released thrilling new single "Beautiful You", written & produced by AK. It is the birth of an empowering song embraced as an anthem for all women. Sure to be uplifting with its dreamy, pop dance sound, ethereal vocals soaring amidst the synth layers and catchy rhythms. Mixed by world-renowned Grammy engineer, Ken Lewis (Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, EMINEM, and more.). "Beautiful You" Original Vocal Mix has over 160,000 Streaming on Spotify within 2 months of its release.

September 9, 2022. "Beautiful You" masterful lush House mix is released, written, produced & performed by AK Akemi Kakihara, remixed & edited by World-Renowned DJs Danny Krivit (Body&Soul, 718 Sessions, AKA Edits By Mr.K), & Grammy Remixer Hex Hector (Jennifer Lopez), a stunning musical voyage with AK's ethereal vocals and uplifting lyrics soaring amidst the immersive synth and percussion layers.

Japanese songstress AK and her dreamy vocals... With beautifully sensual melodies and lyrics overflowing with love, AK's world has gained the hearts of many-a-fan the world over. Having released over 200 songs across her 15 original albums, including those she has written and produced for various artists, the Japan-born Diva once spread her wings from Japan to New York City, and continues to keep the music coming out of New York City towards the rest of the world.

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