Introducing Nao Yoshioka, the SoulTracks 2015 New Artist of the Year, and Soul Music Representative of Japan, live with an all-star band at Hideaway - South London's most talked about Jazz Club!
Nao Yoshioka combines a powerful voice and New York-powered delivery to create a modern taste still deeply rooted in the history of soul. Since her single “Make the Change” was released by SWEET SOUL RECORDS in 2012, she has been dubbed the Japanese ALICIA KEYS while also receiving praise from Grammy-winning artist GORDON CHAMBERS.
In May 2014 Nao and Brian Owens, who is also the producer of her song “Spend My Life,” made their Blue Note Tokyo debut, taking their place amongst the many talented artists from around the world who have graced that sacred stage, and exceptionally early in her young career... only 6 months after her album debut.
Since then Nao has gone on to perform at a number of well-known venues including the Blue Note (NY), the legendary Birchmere (DC) where she opened for José James, and Club Dauphine in The Netherlands where she shared the stage with saxophonist Candy Dulfer.
In Japan she headlined a sold out Blue Note Tokyo, performed at the Summer Sonic festival, and guested with bassist Nathan East at Billboard Live Tokyo. And to top it off, she was named as SoulTracks 2015 New Artist of the Year, the first for a Japanese singer.