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"Best of My Love" Yasuda Rei is American?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:07 am
by parttimewarrior
Listening to Yasuda Rei's single "Best of My Love" (Yamato 2199 ED theme), I was impressed by her English pronunciation, given that she was a J-pop singer. Searching the web, it actually appears she is Japanese American, born in the USA-- North Carolina, as Rachel Rhodes. (Can anyone confirm this?)

I was impressed with ALL three songs on her single, so I was looking to see what else she had done. But "Best of My Love" is her debut single, so unfortunately there isn't anything else... yet.

Re: "Best of My Love" Yasuda Rei is American?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:06 pm
by DanGeorge
parttimewarrior wrote:Listening to Yasuda Rei's single "Best of My Love" (Yamato 2199 ED theme), I was impressed by her English pronunciation, given that she was a J-pop singer. Searching the web, it actually appears she is Japanese American, born in the USA-- North Carolina, as Rachel Rhodes. (Can anyone confirm this?)


I can confirm this is the case, at least her birthplace and date of birth, translated from the biography on her Sony-run website:

Born April 15, 1993, in North Carolina, USA. She moved to Japan at the age of three and at age 13 became the face of virtual band Genki Rockets. With Best of My Love, the second ending song for the television broadcast of Space Battleship Yamato 2199, she made her debut as a solo artist.

Furthermore, the Genki Rockets link above does link to her own Wikipedia entry, which is indexed on the abovementioned birthname, Rachel Rhodes.

I was impressed with ALL three songs on her single, so I was looking to see what else she had done. But "Best of My Love" is her debut single, so unfortunately there isn't anything else... yet.[/quote]

I'd be surprised if she didn't release a full album before too long.

Re: "Best of My Love" Yasuda Rei is American?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:56 am
by parttimewarrior
Thanks for the info. Being that there are a lot of "Rachel Rhodes", I wasn't completely certain, as sometimes the wrong info just gets propagated by various websites.

I can see that the name "Rei" comes from a shortened version of her first name Rachel "rei-cha-ru". Perhaps her mother was Japanese and her father American, so she took up her mother's maiden name (perhaps Yasuda) when she needed a Japanese name... (Just speculation... she may have just made it up in the end.)