Emlyi is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. She made her debut in 2003 as an R&B singer under the name EMYLI. In 2004 Emyli started working as one of the main artists in m-flo's loves... series. As of 2010 Emyli has returned to working on her solo career as an indie artist.
- Stage Name: Emyli (エミリ)
- Birthdate: April 23rd, 1988
- Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
- Blood Type: B
- Favorite Artists: Donny Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera
Emyli was born and raised in a residential area in Tokyo, Japan not far from Shibuya. She grew up with her parents having deep roots in music, as her father was a vocalist, music producer, and a vocal coach. She attended American schools from a young age. Since a child, Emyli has taken a variety of dance class and began taking ballet lessons at the age of three and when she was seven, she began learning hip-hop dancing. At the age of 11 she started working towards a professional career in singing and started working with a vocal coach.
In 2003, she signed with major record label BMG Japan at the age of 15 and made her debut as EMYLI with the single "RAIN". In September she released both her second single and which was soon followed by her debut album, Flower of Life. After this EMYLI would take a break from her solo work and became part of the collaboration project VOICE OF LOVE POSSE. EMYLI was also part of the VOICE OF LOVE 2003 LIVE TOUR charity tour.
In 2004, EMYLI collaborated with m-flo for his loves... series. They worked together on the song "The Other Side of Love", where she was credited as Sister E. The song was the B-side track to m-flo's best selling "let go" single with YOSHIKA. The following year she collaborated with m-flo several more times on m-flo loves... singles, working this time on two a-side tracks: "DOPAMINE" and "Loop In My Heart". It wasn't until September 2005 that she released her third single, "Come Home". With the release of this single her stage name changed from all capital letters to "Emyli". She also released the single independently, instead of with her previous major label.
After graduating from an American school in June 2006, she began attending the prestigious Sophia University where she plans to major in Japanese literature. That year she signed with Up-Front Works and has been releasing singles under zetima's Seventh Code sub-label. With the release of her first single on the label, "Don't Vanish Love", Emyli had already run into problems with the label. She was not given full artist control like she wanted and the song and it's music video "involved some ideas that were out of [her] control."
After the release of two more singles, Emyli parted ways with Seventh Code. She is currently recording songs as an indie artist. In 2010, Emyli released her eighth single "Take Me Away" exclusively to iTunes and CD Baby for world-wide digital purchase.
- [2003.09.25] Flower of Life
- [2003.06.25] RAIN
- [2003.09.10] Someday
- [2005.09.02] Come Home
- [2006.10.25] Don't Vanish Love
- [2007.04.18] Day by Day
- [2007.07.18] Tekito LOVER feat. VERBAL (テキトーLOVER; The Right Lover)
- [2010.04.29] Take Me Away
- [2010.07.23] Wanna Dance
Others / Collaborations
- [2003.12.10] VOICE OF LOVE POSSE - "VOICE OF LOVE ~Ue wo Muitearukou"
- [2004.11.17] m-flo loves YOSHIKA - "let go" (#2 The Other Side of Love (m-flo loves Sister E))
- [2005.02.23] m-flo loves EMYLI & Diggy-MO' - "DOPAMINE"
- [2005.07.13] m-flo loves EMYLI & YOSHIKA - "Loop In My Heart / HEY!" (#1 Loop In My Heart)
- [2005.08.24] m-flo - BEAT SPACE NINE (#3 Loop In My Heart (m-flo loves EMYLI & YOSHIKA), #10 DOPEMAN? (m-flo loves EMYLI & Diggy-MO'), #12 The Other Side of Love (m-flo loves Sister E))
- [2005.11.02] m-flo - DOPE SPACE NINE (#3 DOPEMAN? (MABOROSHI REMIX) (m-flo loves EMYLI & Diggy-MO'), #6 The Other Side of Love (cubismo grafico mix) (m-flo loves Sister E), #7 Loop In My Heart (Home Grown Remix) (m-flo loves EMYLI & YOSHIKA))
- [2006.02.22] m-flo - m-flo Tour 2005 BEAT SPACE NINE at Nippon Budokan (#2 Taste Your Stuff (m-flo loves EMYLI & YOSHIKA), #3 Loop In My Heart (m-flo loves EMYLI & YOSHIKA), #6 VANESSA (m-flo loves EMYLI), #11 COZMO-NAUGHTY (m-flo loves EMYLI), #12 DOPEMAN? (m-flo loves EMYLI & Diggy-MO'))
- [2006.08.16] Shinhwa - Inspiration #1 (#6 HIGHWAY STAR -Featuring Vocal Emyli-)
- [2007.10.31] m-flo - m-flo Tour 2007 COSMICOLOR at Yokohama Arena (DVD1: #4 Loop In My Heart (m-flo loves EMYLI & YOSHIKA); DVD2: #3 Taste Your Stuff (m-flo loves EMYLI & YOSHIKA))
- [2008.02.13] m-flo - Award SuperNova -Loves Best- (#1 love comes and goes (m-flo loves YOSHIKA & Hinouchi Emi & Ryohei & Emyli & LISA), #6 Loop In My Heart (m-flo loves EMYLI & YOSHIKA))
- [2009.10.07] m-flo - MF10 -10th ANNIVERSARY BEST- (CD2: #6 DOPEMAN? (m-flo loves EMYLI & Diggy-MO'))
- [2010.04.28] MAKAI - LOVE LITE (#3 Your #1 feat. Emyli & WISE, #7 I Belong 2 U feat. Hinouchi Emi & Emyli & Hiromi)
- Alive (Vocal director)
- Birthday (Lyrics, music, and chorus)
- Chit Chat (co-written music & lyrics)
- Christmas Wish (lyrics)
- Golden Touch
- Heaven (lyrics, music, vocal director, and backing vocals)
- It (Backing vocals)
- Fashionista (Lyrics, music, and backing vocals)
- Fighter (music & lyrics)
- Fly (Backing vocals)
- La La La (Vocal director and backing vocals)
- Let Me Let You Go (Vocal director)
- Mint (co-written music & lyrics)
- Photogenic (Lyrics and music)
- Rainbow (Vocal director and backing vocals)
- Show Me What You've Got (Vocal director and backing vocals)
- Stranger (Backing vocals)
- Supernatural Love (Vocal director)
- Time Has Come (Backing vocals)