Nakahara is probably most familiar to audiences for her various アニソング/Ani-Song soundtrack contributions during the アニメ boom of the 80s. Songs like ロ・ロ・ロ・ロシアンルーレット (Ro Ro Ro Russian Roulette)/宇宙恋愛 - スペースファンタジー(Uchureiai-Space Fantasy) both used for the cult anime series 『ダーティペア』 (Dirty Pair) and 鏡の中のアクトレス (Kagami No Actress) / Dance
Nakahara eventually made her debut in 1982 with this funky, latin-inspired pop tune 『今夜だけDANCE・DANCE・DANCE』. It was a minor hit in 1982 but it would not be until her 1984 release 『君たちキウイ・パパイヤ・マンゴーだね』 until Nakahara found fame with that song which was selected by カネボウ化粧品/Kanebo Cosmetics to be it's Summer campaign song for that year.
Since then Nakahara has released other songs both as a solo artist and as a producer for such singers as girl group 少女隊/Shojo Tai and Guam/Hawaii raised idol 早見優/Hayami Yu whom she collaborated with on her hits 『PASSION』 and 『Caribbean Night』.
Her Hi-NRG, "Freestyle" inspired songs remind me a lot of ANRI/杏里 who also has a similar "American-pop" song writing style.
Here's the ED for きまぐれオレンジ☆ロード 『Dance In The Memories』
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