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Kobayashi Akiko

Kobayashi Akiko (2007)

Kobayashi Akiko (小林明子) is a Japanese pop singer, lyricist, composer, and arranger.


  • Other Name: holi
  • Birthday: November 5, 1958 (1958-11-05) (age 62)
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan


Graduating from Gakushuuin Daigaku with a degree in Philosophy, Kobayashi got her start in 1984 as a composer with the song "Moon Eyes" by Bread & Butter. A year later, she made her singing debut by releasing the single "Koi ni Ochite -Fall in love-", which was used as the theme song for the TBS dorama "Kinyoubi no Tsuma-tachi e". The single became a huge hit and helped Kobayashi to win the Honorable Mention Award for composition at the 27th Annual Nihon Record Taisho. After the release of the single, staff members mentioned that her voice sounded like Karen Carpenter's and suggested that send a demo tape to Richard Carpenter. Impressed with Kobayashi's demo tape, Carpenter produced the album City of Angels in 1988.[1]

In 1991, she moved to England and released two albums there under the name holi. In 1995, Kobayashi collobrated with U2's Brian Eno on several tracks that were suppose to be on the album Original Soundtracks 1. However, they didn't appear and currently have not be released officially.[1]

Kobayashi married an English accountant in 2001. Two years later, she released the tribute album "A Song For You ~Carpenters Anthology~", featuring various Carpenters songs.


Studio Albums

Best Albums

Other Albums


Compilations / Others


Agnes Chan
Ayukawa Mami
Bread & Butter
Funny Gene
Hi-Fi Set
Ito Mayumi
Iwao Junko
Kasahara Hiroko
Kobayashi Kiyomi
Kosaka Miyuki
Matsumoto Iyo
Minami Saori
Mita Hiroko
Miura Risako
Moriguchi Hiroko
Murase Yui
Nakabayashi Yuka
Nakamori Akina
Narita Romi
Saito Yuki
Sawada Chikako
Shimada Kaho
Sudo Kaoru
Suzuki Kiyomi
Tone Mikiko


  1. 1.0 1.1 "小林明子". Japanese Wikipedia: 小林明子. 2006-02-04. Retrieved 2005-04-21. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "" defined multiple times with different content

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