Nishino Kana (西野カナ) is Japanese pop singer under Sony Music Japan. In the year 2005, she was the winner of 40,000 participants "Miss Phoenix Audition" audition held by Sony. Nishino made her major debut in February 2008 with the single "I".
- Stage Name: Nishino Kana (西野カナ)
- Birth Name: Nishino Kanako (西野加奈子)
- Birthdate: March 18, 1989
- Birthplace: Matsusaka, Mie, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 158cm
- Favorite Artists: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara
From when she was little, Nishino learned English from English conversation schools, and went to America twice. She then was interested in various genres of music, including hip-hop, R&B and reggae. On the other hand, she also enjoyed traditional Japanese literature, and started singing Japanese folk songs. Her dream of becoming a singer started from junior high school. When she was 16 her mother secretly sent a demo tape of hers to the "Miss Phoenix Audition", and she was rated the top singer entrant out of approximately 40,000 applicants. A year later in 2006, she was signed to SME Records and started vocals training.
In 2007 while preparing to be a singer, she was also studying English literature at university. At the time she met Australian duo Nervo, who offered Nishino a song called I Don't Wanna Know for use in her music project. Nishino rewrote the song's lyrics into Japanese herself, and re-titled it I.
In December 2007 her official site opened, and from that time onwards *I* ~Merry Christmas ver.~ was available as a digital download from several Japanese sites, including mora.jp. The original version of the song I Don't Wanna Know was available as a digital download on the American iTunes from New Years' Day onwards. The physical version was released two months later, on the 20th of February.
After two unsuccessful singles, Nishino was chosen to sing the second ending theme for the anime SOUL EATER. "Style." was released as her third single and was her highest selling single in 2008 due to the popularity of the anime series. However, her career took off in 2009 with the change in music style, her fifth single "Tookutemo" feat. WISE, reaching #40 on the Oricon charts even without a tie-in. Three months later, Nishino released "Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara", this single became her first enter to the top 30 weekly of Oricon. Following the success of "Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara", her debut album LOVE one. was released three weeks later featuring all her six singles. LOVE one. debuted at #4 on the weekly charts and has a long chart life, rising Nishino's name to stardom.
In October 2009, Nishino released her seventh single "Motto...", starting a new chapter of her career.
- [2009.06.24] LOVE one.
- [2010.06.23] to LOVE
- [2011.06.22] Thank you, Love
- [2012.09.05] Love Place
- [2014.11.12] with LOVE
- [2013.09.04] Paired Set of "Love Collection ~pink~" & "Love Collection ~mint~" (ベストアルバム 「Love Collection 〜pink〜」「Love Collection 〜mint〜」)
- [2008.02.20] I
- [2008.04.23] glowly days
- [2008.08.13] Style.
- [2009.01.28] MAKE UP
- [2009.03.18] Tookutemo feat. WISE (遠くても; The Most Distant)
- [2009.06.03] Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara (君に会いたくなるから; Because I've Grown to Miss You)
- [2009.10.21] Motto... (もっと...; More...)
- [2009.12.02] Dear... / MAYBE
- [2010.02.24] Best Friend
- [2010.05.19] Aitakute Aitakute (会いたくて 会いたくて; I Want To See You, I Want To See You)
- [2010.08.04] if
- [2010.11.03] Kimi tte (君って; You)
- [2011.02.09] Distance
- [2011.05.18] Esperanza
- [2011.11.09] Tatoe Donna ni... (たとえ どんなに...; No Matter How...)
- [2012.03.07] SAKURA, I love you?
- [2012.05.23] Watashitachi (私たち; Us)
- [2012.07.25] GO FOR IT!!
- [2012.11.07] Always
- [2013.06.05] Believe
- [2013.08.07] Namidairo (涙色; Color of Tears)
- [2013.10.23] Sayonara (さよなら; Goodbye)
- [2014.05.21] We Don't Stop
- [2014.08.13] Darling
- [2014.10.15] Suki (好き, Love)
- [2008.02.20] I ~SiZK "Water Drop" MiX~
- [2011.12.07] Kanayan Tour 2011 ~Summer~
- [2012.12.19] Love Voyage ~a place of my heart~
- [2013.04.17] Kanayan Tour 2012 ~Arena~
- [2013.12.18] MTV Unplugged Kana Nishino
- [2014.07.09] Love Collection Tour ~pink & mint~
Compilations / Other
- [2009.03.04] KARUTETTO - L.I.F.E.2 (#6 I♥Koi feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.03.18] TARO SOUL - SOUL SPIRAL (#11 Kono Kyoku Tomarumade wa... feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.04.22] THE BEST OF SOUL EATER (#3 Style.)
- [2009.05.27] WISE - LOVE QUEST (#2 Aenaku Demo feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.07.29] BERRY JAM PARADISE mixed by DJ MAYUMI (#19 Aenaku Demo feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.09.02] J-Girls' Celebrity Mix (#19 MAKE UP [J-Girls' Celebrity Mix ver.])
- [2009.09.16] m-flo TRIBUTE ~maison de m-flo~ (#4 Yours only feat. WISE)
- [2009.11.25] DJ KAORI - DJ KAORI'S JMIX III (#27 Aenaku Demo feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.12.16] Ai no Uta 3 (#7 Aenaku Demo feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2010.01.27] NERDHEAD - BRAVE HEART feat. Nishino Kana
- [2010.04.07] NERDHEAD - BEGINNING OF THE END (#2 BRAVE HEART feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2010.12.08] INFINITY16 - INFINITY16 BEST (#1 Mafuyu no Orion welcomez MINMI & Nishino Kana)
- [2011.03.16] WISE - By your side feat. Nishino Kana
- [2011.05.11] WISE - Heart Connection ~BEST COLLABOLATIONS~ (#1 By your side feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2012.07.18] NARUTO GREATEST HITS!!!!! (#13 if)
- [2012.08.22] MINMI - MINMI BEST Ame Nochi Niji 2002-2012 (#9 Mafuyu no Orion (2012 ver.) (INFINITY 16 welcomez MINMI & Kana Nishino))
- [2012.04] Piano Solo Score Kana Nishino Super Selection
- [2012.10] Piano Solo Score Nishino Kana "Love Place"
- [2012.11] Piano Hikigatari Artist Collection Nishino Kana
- [2011.07.xx] Pop Sister September Issue (Cover & Feature)
- [2011.10.xx] SHIBUYA109 BOOK Vol.4 (Feature)