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Shotaro
城太郎
Shotaro-Apr2015
Shotaro promoting "Taiyou no Shiwaza"
General Information

Real Name

Kamiya Shotaro (神屋城太郎)

Born

November 25, 1986 (1986-11-25) (age 30)

Origin

Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

Genre

J-pop, pop rock

Occupation

Singer, lyricist, composer

Years Active

2010-present

Label

WESS RECORDS (2013)
UP-FRONT WORKS (2013-)

Website

http://shotaro1125.wixsite.com/shotaro1125

Kamiya Shotaro (神屋城太郎), simply known as Shotaro (城太郎), is a Japanese singer-songwriter under UP-FRONT AGENCY's Sapporo branch.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Shotaro was born on November 25, 1986 in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan.

He did not come from a family with a musical background, but due to his father's influence he had a lot of creative hobbies as a child such as drawing and writing poetry. In middle school he found his father's old electric guitar in the storeroom and played it everyday. He eventually bought an acoustic guitar, on which he began writing his own compositions, and in high school formed a unit with a classmate who sang.

Shotaro moved to Sapporo after graduating high school and began singing and learned the joy of it.

2010-2013Edit

On April 25, 2010, Shotaro released his first self-produced single, "Sakura Kaze," at his one-man live at the Sapporo Clock Tower.[1]

On June 19, 2011, he released his first self-produced album, Ningen no Honne ~Hikigatari Juuni Kyokushuu~, at a live event in Otaru.[2]

In 2012, his audition for STV Radio's Radio Star wo Sagase! drew attention. He won, and in April 2013 he began his own radio show on the station titled Shotaro Hitori Uta.[3]

On August 7, 2013, Shotaro released his second album and his first release under WESS RECORDS, Waraenai Uta.

In late 2013, Shotaro joined UP-FRONT AGENCY's Sapporo branch.

2014Edit

On May 13, he made a guest appearance during the LoVendoЯ LIVE TOUR 2014 SprinteЯ ~Bitter & Sweet~ concert in Sapporo.[4][5]

On September 10, Shotaro released Shotaro no Hitori Uta ~Kono Oto ga Yozora ni Hibiitara~, his first album under the UP-FRONT WORKS label.

2015Edit

On April 8, he released his second album Taiyou no Shiwaza.

On May 15, Shotaro performed in MUSIC FESTA Vol.3 in Tokyo alongside other UP-FRONT GROUP acts.

2017Edit

Shotaro wrote the lyrics for the song "Real☆Little☆Girl" from Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido's first indies single which was released on February 4.[6]

ProfileEdit

  • Real Name: Kamiya Shotaro (神屋城太郎)
  • Stage Name: Shotaro (城太郎)
  • Birthdate: November 25, 1986 (1986-11-25) (age 30)
  • Birthplace: Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 175cm
  • Hobbies: Sumi-e, basketball
  • Influences: Mr. Children, KAN, Spitz, Hanaregumi
  • UP-FRONT AGENCY Status:
    • 2013: Joined the Sapporo branch

DiscographyEdit

Albums
  1. [2011.06.19] Ningen no Honne ~Hikigatari Juuni Kyokushuu~ (にんげんの本音 ~弾き語り十二曲集~)
  2. [2013.08.07] Waraenai Uta (笑えないうた)
  3. [2014.09.10] Shotaro no Hitori Uta ~Kono Oto ga Yozora ni Hibiitara~ (城太郎のひとり歌 ~この音が夜空に響いたら~)
  4. [2015.04.08] Taiyo no Shiwaza (太陽のしわざ)
Singles
  1. [2010.04.25] Sakura Kaze (さくらかぜ)

Songwriting CreditsEdit

Hello Pro Kenshuusei HokkaidoEdit

WorksEdit

RadioEdit

  • [2013-] Shotaro Hitori Uta (城太郎ひとり歌)

InternetEdit

TriviaEdit

  • He has written over 200 original songs.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "時計台ライブ前夜。" (in Japanese). Shotaro Official Blog. 2010-04-24.
  2. "明日はウイングベイ小樽!" (in Japanese). Shotaro Official Blog. 2011-06-18.
  3. http://www.office-naiki.com/listen/index.html
  4. "5/13ツアー北海道公演に城太郎のゲスト参戦が決定!" (in Japanese). LoVendoЯ Official Site. 2014-05-11.
  5. "LoVendoRとBitter&Sweet。" (in Japanese). Shotaro Official Blog. 2014-05-13.
  6. https://twitter.com/shotaro1125/status/828105557684867076
  7. http://shotaro1125.wixsite.com/shotaro1125/about

External LinksEdit

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