Nao Yoshioka (Japan)
Presenting the progressive soul singer who continues to evolve beyond all boundaries...
Nao Yoshioka, SoulTracks’ 2015 New Artist of the Year, combines a powerful voice and New York-styled delivery to create a modern sound still deeply rooted in the history of soul.
Since her single “Make the Change” was released in 2012, she’s received kudos from a number of soul music veterans including Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Gordon Chambers.
In July 2015 alone, her debut album “The Light” was released in North America, in Japan she headlined a sold out Blue Note Tokyo, performed at the hugely popular Summer Sonic festival, and guested with bassist Nathan East at Billboard Live Tokyo.
Nao has performed at venues around the world including Blue Note New York, the legendary Birchmere where she has opened for José James and Rahsaan Patterson, Club Dauphine in The Netherlands where she shared the stage with saxophonist Candy Dulfer, and Hideaway, South London’s award-winning live music venue. In the summer of 2016 Nao performed at her first major US music festival, Capital Jazz Fest, one of the largest festivals in the United States along side legends like Lalah Hathaway and Marcus Miller.
In September 2016, Nao released her 3rd album “The Truth”, now available online and at retail stores throughout Japan.
Reached final stage McDonald’s Gospelfest (2010), runner-up Apollo Theater Amateur Night (2011), released first single “Make the Change” (2012), released debut album “The Light” (2013), headlined Blue Note Tokyo (2014), debut album “The Light” North America released (2015), named SoulTracks’ 2015 New Artist of the Year (2015), released 2nd album “Rising” (2015), performed at Summer Sonic Tokyo (2015), guested with bassist Nathan East at Billboard Live Tokyo (2015), named to SoulTrain.com’s 2016 R&B Freshman Class (2016), performed Hideaway Streatham UK (2016), performed at Capital Jazz Fest (2016), released 3rd album “The Truth” (2016), became Grammy Awards Voting Member (2016).