Maeda Yuki (前田有紀) was a Japanese Enka singer signed to Up-Front Agency. Maeda joined Hello! Project in 2000 as a soloist, leaving in 2009 after the mass graduation. After her graduation she continued on as a singer under Up-Front, releasing Korean-themed songs until 2012 when she withdrew from show business due to her pregnancy.
- Name: Maeda Yuki (前田有紀)
- Nicknames: Yukidon
- Birthdate: August 28, 1979
- Birthplace: Ehime Prefecture, Japan (raised on Kochi Prefecture)
- Blood Type: A
- Hobbies: Watching Movies, Taking Pictures, Listening to Favorite CDs
- Favorite Colors: Light Blue, Black, Red
- Favorite Flowers: Rose, Baby's Breath
- Favorite Season: Summer
- Favorite Words: Effort, Sympathy
- Favorite Food: Chicken, Fruits
- Disliked Food: Salmon Roe
- Hello! Project Groups:
- SALT5 (2003)
- H.P. All Stars (2004)
- Hello! Project Shirogumi (2005)
- Elder Club (2006–2009)
Maeda joined Hello! Project in 2000 as a soloist, until March 31 2009 when she graduated from Hello! Project along with the rest of the Elder Club.
She started her career under the renowned Enka label Teichiku with her debut single "Naki Usagi". She did not however have any charting singles until she signed with the Up-Front Works label, zetima in 2003. In mid-2004 she was transferred to another Up-Front Works label, Rice Music.
Outside of her solo career, her other presence in Hello! Project was in the shuffle units Akagumi 4 (as replacement for Shinoda Miho), SALT5 and H.P. All Stars. In 2002, she participated on several of the Douyou Pops series releases and in 2006, she appeared as a semi-regular on the Hello! Project show Uta Doki! Pop Classics.
On June 22, 2012 Maeda Yuki announced through her blog that she would be married and was five months pregnant, and that she would retire from her singing career. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl on November 20, 2012.
In 2013, Hello! Project held a concert called Hello! Project Countdown 2013 ~Hello & Good Bye~, Maeda was one of the acts performing on stage along with several other graduated members.
- [2009.09.09] Maeda Yuki Zenkyoku Shuu ~Kenchana~ (前田有紀 全曲集 〜ケンチャナ〜)
- [2011.11.23] Busan Hatsu ~Maeda Yuki Kankoku wo Utau~ (釜山発～前田有紀 韓国を歌う～)
- [2000.04.12] Naki Usagi (鳴きうさぎ)
- [2001.01.01] Tokyo You Turn (東京 You ターン)
- [2002.02.21] Tokyo, Yoimachigusa. (東京, 宵町草。)
- [2003.07.16] Tokyo Kirigirisu (東京きりぎりす)
- [2004.01.01] Sarasara no Kawa (さらさらの川)
- [2004.09.29] Nishi Shinjuku Deatta Hito (西新宿で逢ったひと)
- [2006.07.26] Omae no Namida wo Ore ni Kure (お前の涙を俺にくれ)
- [2007.09.26] Ai Ai Daiko (相愛太鼓)
- [2009.02.25] Kenchana ~Daijoubu~ (ケンチャナ ～大丈夫～)
- [2010.04.04] Mianeyo ~Gomennasai~ (ミアネヨ ～ごめんなさい～)
- [2011.05.25] Busan Hatsu (釜山発)
- [2022.07.14] Tenjoubana (天上花)
Compilations / Other
- [1995.11.25] Itsuki Hiroshi - Itsuki Hiroshi Duet Tokusen 14 (#12 Kanashii Kurai Kokoro wo Somete, #14 Beni Azami) (Yuki (ゆき))
- [2002.02.20] The Douyou Pops 2 Haru no Uta Shuu (#11 Oomakiba wa Midori, #15 Seikurabe, #16 Aogeba Toutoshi)
- [2002.06.25] The Douyou Pops 3 Natsu no Uta Shuu (#6 Kaeru no Gasshou, #9 Tenohira wo Taiyou ni, #15 Hoshikage Sayaka ni, #16 Natsu no Omoide)
- [2002.09.04] The Douyou Pops 4 Aki no Uta Shuu (#6 Tsuki, #8 Chiisai Aki Mitsuketa, #9 Nanatsu no Ko, #12 Momiji)
- [2002.09.04] Itsuki Hiroshi - Nagoya Misonoza Koen Live 2002 "Uta Mai Sou" (#11 Hana)
- [2002.12.04] Shinsaku Douyou Pops 1 (#3 Ohoshi-sama ni Natta Tulip, #11 Kao no Uta, #15 Yoru)
- [2003.03.26] Shinsaku Douyou Pops 2 (#2 Egao Banzai, #5 Tomodachi da mon ne, #8 "Hana", #11 Kyu! Kyu! Kyu!, #14 Suika no Tane, #15 "Mata Aeru yo ne")
- [2003.12.17] Hello! Project - Petit Best 4 (#15 Tokyo Kirigirisu)
- [2004.12.22] Hello! Project - Petit Best 5 (#15 Sarasawa no Kawa)
- [2005.12.21] Hello! Project - Petit Best 6 (#11 Nishi Shinjuku de Atta Hito)
- [2006.12.20] Hello! Project - Petit Best 7 (#13 Omae no Namida wo Ore ni Kure)
- [2007.12.12] Hello! Project - Petit Best 8 (#13 Ai Ai Daiko)
- Chigiri (契り) (from DVD Hello! Project 2002 ~Kotoshi mo Sugoizo!~)
- Yosakoi Setsu (よさこい節) (from DVD Hello! Project 2003 Winter ~Tanoshin Jattemasu!~)
- [2002.12.04] V.A - Hello! Project Douyou Eizou Shuu ~Ponkikies 21~ (ハロー！プロジェクト童謡映像集 ～ポンキッキーズ21～)
- [2003.05.01] V.A - Atarashii Douyou (あたらしいどうよう)
- [2006.08.30] Showa Kayou Teater Shyuuchakueki (昭和歌謡シアター 終着駅)
- [2007.09.18] Showa Kayou Teater Tokyo (昭和歌謡シアター 東京)
- [2007.12.19] Gekidan Senior Graffiti Showa Kayo Theater "FAR AWAY" (劇団シニアグラフティ 昭和歌謡シアター)
- [2008.02.15] Shouwa Kayou Theater Olivia wo Kikinagara (昭和歌謡シアター オリビアを聴きながら)
- She is known for having a shy nature and often appears timid in front of cameras.
- She is in no way related to the former Whiteberry vocalist of the same name.
- She joined Hello! Project thanks to Iida Kaori:
During the show "Idol o Sagase", Iida had said that her dream was to be a manager. For the show she became the manager of Itsuki Hiroshi, and she was able to make it a success. Following this management it was suggested she would be the manager of Maeda Yuki. To make Maeda a TV regular, Iida Kaori made her go on Hello! Morning, and from April 2000, she became a new member of Hello! Project.
- Official Twitter
- projecthello.com: Maeda Yuki lyrics