It’s consistently a little scary seeing somebody this more youthful who is so skilled, however that is actually what this 25 year old hailing from Kanagawa prefecture is. Strangely, Iri’s legitimate name was rarely disclosed and she chooses to go by the moniker “Iri” only.Her music is a fresh take on R&B and hip hop that incorporates jazzy piano and clean guitar riffs and harkens back more so to 90’s R&B than modern EDM. Her most recent collection “Shade” shows her developing style flawlessly exchanging among rapped and sung lines, while sharpening her ability for creating snappy tunes.
iri has created type less tunes that follow the progression of hip-jump, jazz, bossa nova with verses that are hip-bounce and lovely yet have solid messages.She has heartfelt and reverberant performing voice. In her music creation, she teams up with various makers, which isn’t normal in Japanese music industry.
In 2014, iri won the Grand Prix in the Music Performance Category at the audition “JAM” held by The Magazine Nylon Japan and Sony Music.After studying in New York, in February 2015, she was featured in Shingo Sekiguchi, “Connected Future feat. iri” in writing and singing. The song is the theme song of the popular TV program Terrace House.
In 2016, iri was selected as the opening act for Donavon Frankenreiter‘s performance in Japan. Starting with this, she appeared at summer festivals such as “RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2016 in EZO”, “OCEAN PEOPLES 2016” and “SUMMER SONIC 2016″ and attracted media attentions. In October, iri made a major label debut from Victor Entertainment’s Colorful Records with the release of her 1st album ” “Groove it”. It entered the top 10 in the iTunes Store and won the 1st place in the hip-hop / rap chart.
On March 22, 2017, the 1st single “Watashi” was released. She was featured in Nike Women’s “Surprised Me” campaign song. She was featured in Apple Music’s spring campaign ad alongside Suchmos and KANDYTOWN.
on November 17 at Shibuya WWW X, she celebrated the first anniversary of her debut with her fans. The EP “life ep” released on the 22nd again won the number 1 position on the iTunes Store hip-hop / rap chart.On February 28, 2018, she released her 2nd album “Juice”. In August, she released her 2nd single “Only One”. The title song “Only One” was appointed as a CM tie-up for an international fashion college.
Then she released her 3rd full album “Shade”. “Wonderland” was appointed as a campaign song for Sony WALKMAN, and the entire music video was released on YouTube. In April, her biggest national tour “iri Spring Tour 2019” Shade “” was held in Tokyo on the 5th, also at 9 venues in Sapporo, Takamatsu, Umeda, Nagoya, Sendai, Hamamatsu, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. In May, she held her first China tour (Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an). After appearing in various summer festivals, she held a solo tour of Higashi-Meihan “iri presents” Wonderland “” in October.
Then,the digital single “SUMMER END” was released. The song was used as the theme song for “Kiss to survive” (AbemaTV). Participated in “Inoue Yosui Tribute” released on November 27 with the cover of “East to West”.Then On January 22, 2020, the single “24-25” was released. The title song “24-25” was appointed as a CM tie-up for Seiko. On March 25, she released her 4th album “Sparkle”. The title song “Sparkle” was appointed as a Sony campaign song following the previous year. “Clear color” was the theme song of the original movie of Zoff, in which she appeared as a visual model.
Due to the state of emergency for the spread of the new coronavirus infection, all the performances of the live tours “iri Spring Tour 2020” and “iri Spring Tour 2020” extra “” scheduled from April were cancelled. On September 9, she held a one-man live “iri Presents” ONLINE SHOW “” that was delivered live to the audience. On November 25th, she released her distribution single “I can’t say”. On December 2, she opened her official fan club “Wavy Club”.