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Kawai Naoko

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Kawai Naoko (1980s)

Kawai Naoko (河合奈保子) is a Japanese pop idol singer and actress.

Profile

  • Real Name: Kinbara Nahoko (金原奈保子)
  • Birthdate: July 24, 1963 (1963-07-24) (age 54)
  • Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
  • Blood Type: O
  • Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Mandolin, Synthesizer

Information

Kawai Naoko got her start in music when she took piano lessons in elementary school and joined the folk song club in middle school. She also joined a mandolin club while in high school. While in her second year of middle school, she tried out for the talent program Star Tanjou! but didn't make the selection. But she got her chance in show business when she won the Bideki's Young Siblings Audition, singing ANRI's "Olivia wo Kikinagara". She trained for a year in Tokyo with lessons in composing, singing, and writing lyrics.

Kawai made her debut with the single "Ooki na Mori no Chiisai no Ouchi" on June 1980. Her second single, "Young Boy", became Naoko's first hit by selling over a million copies and winning the Rookie of the Year award at mostly every music festival in Japan. But two years after her debut, Naoko suffered a severe spine fracture when she was rehearsing for NHK Hall's Let's Go Young. She went on a two month hiatus to heal the fracture and wear a corset to help the healing for about a year.

After the two month rest, Kawai made her comeback on the television program Yoru no Hit Studio. By the end of 1982, Kawai made her first appearance on the end of the program Kouhaku Uta Gassen, singing another hit, "Smile For Me". She kept on winning various awards for various music festivals, including winning the Best Album of Year at the Japan Record Taishou in 1984 for her album Dead Dream Coast. After winning this award, Kawai decided that she would start write her albums with her first self written song appearing as a bonus track for the best album NAOKO22 in 1985. A year later, she would release her first album as a singer, composer, and music producer in 1986, entitled Scarlett, which won the Superior Composer Award at that year's Japan Composition First Prize.

By the late 1980s, Kawai started her acting career by appearing in doramas and musicals. In 1990, she would win the Rookie of the Year Award for starring in the musical THE LOVER in ME Koibito ga Yuurei. During the same time, she took part as a keyboardist and backing vocals for two of The Gentle Wind session albums.

In 1996, Kawai announced that she married a hair makeup artist. She retired for show business a year later as she gave birth to the couple's first child. But she won't retire for long as she released three albums in 2005 on Apple's Itunes.

Discography

Studio Albums

Mini Albums

Live Albums

Best Albums

Singles

Books

  • [1981.01.15] Hessatsu Kindai Eiga Kawai Naoko Tokushuugou (別冊近代映画 河合奈保子特集号)
  • [1981.03.01] Yume 17sai Ai Kokoro wo Komete Naoko Yori (夢・17歳・愛 心をこめて奈保子より)
  • [1981.06.26] Soyokaze no Message (そよ風のメッセージ)
  • [1981.08.05] KAWAI Naoko Photo Message (KAWAI奈保子フォトメッセージ)
  • [1981.10.15] Tokimeki no Message (ときめきのメッセージ)
  • [1982.03.27] Hohoemi Step (ほほえみステップ)
  • [1982.07.01] Hessatsu Kindai Eiga Kawai Naoko PART 3 (別冊近代映画 河合奈保子スペシャルPART3)
  • [1982.08.01] Summer Heroine (さまーひろいん)
  • [1982.12.20] Idol Byakka 3 Kawai Sonoko (アイドル百科3 河合奈保子)
  • [1983.02.23] Cherry Pink no Petit Heart (チェリーピンクのプチハート)
  • [1983.04.05] NAOKO IN BANGKOK Kawai Naoko Shashinshuu PART 4 (NAOKO IN BANGKOK 河合奈保子写真集PART4)
  • [1983.05.20] Wataboushi Tonda Naoko no Toubyou Sketch (わたぼうし翔んだ 奈保子の闘病スケッチ)
  • [1983.10.20] Suteki na Jikan (素敵な時間)
  • [1984.01.20] Last Prelude (らすと・ぷれりゅうど)
  • [1984.04.15] NAOKO IN AUSTRALIA Kawai Naoko Shashinshuu PART 5 (NAOKO IN AUSTRALIA 河合奈保子写真集PART5)
  • [1984.06.10] Otona no Shibatsueki Sugisaru Ai wo Kotoba ni (大人の始発駅 過ぎ去る愛を言葉に)
  • [1984.10.25] NAOKO 5TH ANNIVERSARY
  • [1985.07.06] LOVELY SUMMER
  • [1985.07.15] Naoko Kawai Naoko Shashinshuu PART 6 (奈保子 河合奈保子写真集PART6)
  • [1986.01.15] NAOKO TRANS AMERICA Kawai Naoko Sashinshuu PART 7 (NAOKO TRANS AMERICA 河合奈保子写真集PART)
  • [1986.03.25] Sunshine Venus
  • [1986.06.25] Kawai Naoko Shashinshuu (河合奈保子写真集)
  • [1986.12.25] Bessatsu Scola (36) Kawai Sonoko Shashinshuu Scarlet (別冊スコラ(36)河合奈保子写真集 スカーレット)
  • [1987.12.25] Treffen

Awards

  • 1980: 7th Annual ABC Song New Face Grand Prix for Judge Honorable Mention for the song Young Boy
  • 1980: 10th Annual Ginza Music Festival for Enthusiastic Performance Award for the song Young Boy
  • 1980: 13th Annual Shinjuku Music Festival for Silver Prize for the songYoung Boy
  • 1980: 7th Annual Yokohama Music Festival for Rookie of the Year Award
  • 1980: 6th Annual You Choose All Japan Song Music Festival for Rookie of the Year Award for the song Young Boy
  • 1980: 22nd Annual Japan Record Awards for Rookie of the Year Award for the song Young Boy
  • 1980: 7th Annual FNS Music Festival for Rookie of the Year Award for the song Young Boy
  • 1981: 16h Annual Golden Arrow Awards for Graph Award
  • 1981: 7th Annual Nippon Television Music Festival for Golden Pigeon Award for the song Smile For Me
  • 1981: 23rd Annual Japan Record Award for Golden Idol Award for the song Smile For Me
  • 1982: 24th Annual Japan Record Award for Gold Prize for the song Kenka wo Yamete
  • 1982: 9th Annual FNS Music Festival for Rookie of the Year for Superior Song Music Award for the song Kenka wo Yamete
  • 1983: 2nd Annual Megalopolis Music Festival for Pops Prize
  • 1983: 25th Annual Japan Record Award for Gold Prize for the song Escalation
  • 1983: 10th Annual FNS Music Festival for Rookie of the Year for Superiority Song Music Award for the song UNBalance
  • 1983: 10th Annual You Choose All Japan Song Music Festival for Best Idol Award for the song UNBalance
  • 1984: 10th Annual Nippon Television Music Festival Nippon Television Special Award
  • 1984: 11th Annual Yokohama Music Festival for Music Festival Award
  • 1984: 15th Annual Japan Music Awards for Broadcast Music Producer Union Award ffor the song Kuchibiru no Privacy
  • 1984: 26th Annual Japan Record Award for Gold Prize and Best Album Award for the song Kuchibiru no Privacy and album Dead Dream Coast
  • 1984: 10th Annual You Choose All Japan Song Music Festival for Best Song Award for the song Kuchibiru no Privacy
  • 1984: 11th Annual FNS Music Festival for Superior Song Music Award for the song Kuchibiru no Privacy
  • 1985: 12th Annual Yokohama Music Festival for Music Festival Award
  • 1985: 11th Annual You Choose All Japan Song Music Festival for Judge Honorable Mention Award for the song Lavender Lips
  • 1985: 25th Annual Japan Record Award for Gold Prize for the song Debut
  • 1986: 13th Annual Yokohama Music Festival for Music Festival Award
  • 1987: 7th Annual Japan Composition First Prize for Superior Composer Award for the song Izayoi Monogatari
  • 1987: 9th Annual Prague International Music Festival for Best Song Award, Chief Secretary Award, and 3rd Place Award for the song Izayoi Monogatari
  • 1990: 27th Annual Golden Arrow Awards for Play Rookie of the Award and Best Rookie of the Year Award for the musical THE LOVER in ME Koibito ga Yuurei

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