From pop to R&B, Thelma Aoyama is a versatile artist who has made a name for herself in J-Pop. The half Afro-Trinidadian half-Japanese singer got her start in the music industry at the age of 19 with her debut single “One Way,” in September 2007.
She then collaborated with Japanese rapper Soulja to create “Koko Ni Iru Yo.” In January 2008, the singer released her pop ballad “Soba Ni Iru Ne,” which was an answer song to the collaboration with Soulja. “Soba Ni Iru Ne” became a popular song, reaching number one on the Oricon charts within a matter of days and going as far as making it to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the bestselling digital track with over two million downloads.
By March 2008, Thelma released her debut album “Diary.” A year later, the “One Way” singer toured Japan to promote her album with her “Aoyama Thelma Tour 2009: Diary” tour.
She has also collaborated with a few K-Pop stars. In 2010, Taeyang of Big Bang joined Thelma for her song “Fall In Love,” a pop track that touches on coming to terms with one’s feelings and truly falling in love for the first time. She did not stop there. She sought out the help of girl group 4Minute to produce the ballad “Without U” in 2011.
In 2012, the singer released her “My Covers” album, which was a tribute to pop culture song favorites like Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean” and The Police‘s “Every Breath You Take,” a duet she performed with R&B legend Brian McKnight.
On Sept. 6, 2014, Thelma commemorated her 10th anniversary with her brand new album, “10th Diary.” The limited edition consists of two CDs. The first has 10 original songs, and the second has remixes of her previous works such as “Stay” and “SMILE AGAIN.”
Recently, a teaser MV for one of her latest songs, “Isshou Nakama,” was posted on the Universal Music Japan YouTube account.
Have you been following Thelma for the past 10 years, or is this a new artist you’re ready to dive into?