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Sowelu promoting Sowelu Best (2013)

Sowelu is a Japanese pop and R&B singer. She was also known by her real name, Harada Aki, during her brief career as a model in the late 1990's/early 2000's. Sowelu debuted as a singer in the music business with her first single "beautiful dreamer" in April of 2002 under label DefSTAR Records. She was with the label until summer of 2009, where she switched to the avex trax sub-label rhythm zone.


  • Stage Name: Sowelu (ソエル)
  • Birth Name: Harada Aki (原田亜希)
  • Date of Birth: November 6, 1982 (1982-11-06) (age 39)
  • Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
  • Ethnicity: 75% Japanese, 25% Irish
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 159cm
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Sowelu's name is a transliteration of the Proto-Germanic s-rune, which means "sun". She tends to make music with a distinct R&B sound. At 19 she got her big break when her song "across my heart" was added to Kiyoshi Matsuo's compilation album, SMOOTH. She then went on to host several radio shows, only increasing her popularity. In 2002 she and the R&B band CHEMISTRY teamed up to represent Japan and Korea at the FIFA World Cup, where she preformed in the opening ceremony. She is one-fourth Irish-American from her maternal grandfather. Sowelu is best known for her album Geofu and her single "I Will", which was used as an ending song for the anime FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST.

Sowelu has announced through her official blog that she will be going on hiatus after her last album, “29 Tonight“, which will be released on May 30th. Regarding her hiatus, Sowelu explained that it was decided not because she’s going to quit singing, but because she wants to continue singing. “If I continue running like this, I thought that a day would come when I wouldn’t be able to continue singing,” she said. During the production process of “29 Tonight”, Sowelu also realized that she was missing many things, and seriously felt that she needed room for growth. She expressed, “It’s not that I want to become better at singing, but I feel that growing as a person is the only way to become a better artist.” Sowelu also revealed that she broke up with her boyfriend in order to change her weak self and face music earnestly. From here on, she plans to open up other possibilities by challenging herself to things she’s never done before such as going overseas and holding performances on the streets.


Sowelu promoting "Hikari" (2007)
Sowelu promoting "Wish" (2008)
Sowelu promoting Sowelu THE BEST 2002-2009 (2009)
Sowelu promoting Love & I. ~Ren'ai Henreki~ (2010)
Sowelu promoting Let me... (2011)
Sowelu promoting 29 Tonight (2012)

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