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Aska (singer-songwriter) Bio


Aska, past stage name; Ryo Aska or Ryo Asuka (飛鳥 涼 ,Asuka Ryō?) (born Shigeaki Miyazaki (宮﨑 重明 ,Miyazaki Shigeaki?) on February 24, 1958, Ono, now part of Onojō, Fukuoka) is a Japanese singer-songwriter. Aska is best known for work as part of the music duo Chage and Aska. As a composer, he wrote most of the principal hit songs for the duo, such as "Morning Moon", "Love Song", "Say Yes", and "Meguriai". Over half of their released singles were written by him. He also wrote for many singers or groups besides Chage and Aska. In particular, his songwriting for Hikaru Genji in the late 1980s has produced some of his most notable works. He began his own solo career in 1987, and was highly successful in the first half of 1990s. His most well-known song as a solo singer is "Hajimari wa Itsumo Ame", a single from his second album. It reached #2 on oricon and sold over 1,160,000 copies. Success of this song lead his group to widespread popularity across East Asia.[1]

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