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Shohei Itou
Shohei Itou (伊藤 祥平) was born on July 31, 1989, in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. Influenced by his friend, he started playing the guitar at the age of 10. His big influence was also Eric Clapton, whose roots Itou wanted to explore. Other than that, R'n'B, soul and jazz fascinated him (artists such as Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, David T Walker and Raurumidon). He used self-taught techniques to express the themes of the importance of having dreams, irreplaceable friends, and his unforgettable hometown. At the age of 14, Itou started focusing on local gigs. Around that time, he started writing his first songs. In 2009, Itou energetically started to attend music events more often, due to some new opportunities in Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. His distinctive guitar technique and soulful vocals attracted many visitors. Appeared in NHK "Tonkotsu TV" (talents show in Fukuoka) at the Grand Prix at the age of 19. His debut single, “Dream of Life”, is used as opening for the second season of Bakuman anime (release date scheduled for December 7th by Warner Music Japan, aling with two other songs, “My Friend” and “Music on my mind“). Site - http://ito-shohei.com/index.html
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