Koda Kumi

Name: Kouda / Koda Kumi D.O.B: November 13th 1982 (20) Place of birth: Kyoto Ethnicity: Japanese Blood type: A Zodiac sign: Scorpion Chinese sign: Dog Career: Solo R&B singer Fav color: Green Fav traditional Japanese music artist: rice granary interest period Fav singers: Christina Aguilera & Ja Rule Fav music: Rock, R&B Favorite word: Once in a lifetime People she respects: Her parents Future ambition: Self produce Debut date: December 6th 2000

Kumi Koda (known as "Koda" in the U.S.) – Kumi Koda’s first single TAKE BACK charted 18th in Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles chart after its U.S. release in March 2001. Her follow-up single, TRUST YOUR LOVE charted 39th in Billboard's Hot 100 single sales chart and No.1 in Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles chart.

She has collaborated with BoA on THE MEANING OF PEACE, a September 11 charity single CD produced by Tetsuya Komuro, one of Japan’s most prolific and successful producer. The release of her first album, AFFECTION was produced by Max Matsuura, and contains remixes by Hex Hector and Jonathan Peters.

With gaining popularity, Kouda Kumi did a great job for Squaresoft singing the theme song (1000 no Kotoba) and opening song (real Emotion) for Final Fantasy X-2! In addition to her singing career, Koda also models for Christian Dior in Japan.

Source: http://www.asiafinest.com/japanese/kodakumi.htm