Meet Japanese pop singer Tomoko Kawase, more commonly known as Tommy February6 or Tommy Heavenly6.
I learnt about Tomoko when she was singing for pop band The Brilliant Green, where they sang the opening song for Jdorama “Over Time” that starred Takeshi Sorimachi and Esumi Makiko..
Not really a huge fan of The Brilliant Green though, their songs were nice but lacked a bit of uniqueness. I favored Do As Infinity, Kiroro and some other solo J-pop artist back then.
The Brilliant Green became hiatus since 2002, but before that Tomoko was already releasing her solo singles and album by using the pseudonym, Tommy February6. Tommy is Tomoko’s nickname and February 6 her birthday.
I am not sure how to define the music genre of Tommy February6, it’s anime like kinda pop music.. and indeed her songs are used in a few popular Japanese anime, including “Lonely in Gorgeous” for anime series “Paradise Kiss..”
Tomoko later also released her music using another pseudonym, Tommy Heavenly6. Heavenly6 is a bit more rocker type compared to February6, but the music style is still pretty similar in between.
In fact it’s not easy to identify which song belongs to February6 and which belongs to Heavenly6 by listening.. the different are more noticable from her music videos though, February6 wear spectacles whereas Heavenly6 don’t.
Ok this is another favorite from Tomoko, “Hey My Friend” from Tommy Heavenly6 in 2004..
Actually it’s because of Hey My Friend that I started tracking back to some of Tomoko’s earlier tracks. Somehow I just like the song even though I can’t understand what’s she singing other than the 3 English words.