Born in Kagoshima Prefecture, on the island of Kyūshū, Japan, Mika Nakashima was the youngest of three children. She dreamed of pursuing a singing career from a young age. She decided not to attend high school or college in order to pursue a music career.
She was chosen from among 3000 girls to be the heroine of the 2001 fall Fuji TV drama, Kizudarake no Love Song (Tainted Love Song). In November, she made her debut with Sony Music Associated Records, with the song “Stars”, which was also the theme song of the drama.
Her second single “Crescent Moon”, an 80’s themed song, was limited to 100,000 copies. It sold out the first day of its release. In March of 2002 she released her third single “One Survive” and her first video collection, “Film Lotus”. This was followed in May by her 4th single “Helpless Rain”, and in August, by her 5th single “Will”, which went on to rack up sales of over 140,000. Both were top ten hits and sold over or near the key 100k mark, proving Nakashima’s rising star appeal.
My favourite song of Mika: Yuki no Hana