Anime Expo has announced that popular ani-son singer Aya Ikeda and J-Pop group CARAT will be joining AX 2013 as Industry Guests. The event will hold a special free concert featuring them at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 4th. Aya Ikeda is best known for her PreCure theme songs and performances at various PreCure events in Japan.
Aya Ikeda made her professional debut as a member of female idol group C-ZONE in 2008. The group performed a musical showcase at Anime Expo in 2009. Ikeda's first solo single was "Alright! Heartcatch PreCure!", the OP song for the seventh PreCure TV anime series, which was released on March 17th 2010. The song become a huge hit in Japan taking an amazing third place in the Oricon weekly single chart. Following the success, she sang many PreCure theme songs including "Wonderful Powerful Music!!" and "#Kibou Rainbow#" (Suite PreCure♪ ED songs), "Let's go! Smile PreCure!" (Smile PreCure! OP), and "Kirakira Kawaii! PreCure Daishuugou♪ ~Kibou no Hikari~ " (Movie: PreCure All Stars DX2: Kibou no Hikari—Rainbow Jewel o Mamore! theme song).
I met and shook hands with Aya-san (and Mayu Kudo-san, Cure Melody, Cure Rhythm) at a small Suite PreCure♪ promotional event in Tokyo in 2011. She was really nice and a great singer on the stage. So I am really glad to know that the US anime fans will finally have an opportunity to see her solo live concert. Please enjoy!
7th single "Road" TV CM
8th single "Bubbles" short PV
9th single "Ready Go!!" TV CM
Sings "Alright! Heartcatch PreCure!" in the street
Source: Anime Expo
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