About a couple of weeks ago, I saw this commercial on YouTube for a Japan-released series of J-AOR/City Pop compilation albums titled "Light Mellow". The commercial showed brief excerpts of every one of the tracks from their "Breeze" album, a couple of which I had already profiled in the blog: Makoto Matsushita's （松下誠）"First Light" and Kirinji's（キリンジ） "Aliens". It was enough for me to send the order in and a couple of days ago, it arrived.
The first track is by someone that I had never heard before by the name of Fumiya Sashida（指田郁也）. The Tokyo-born singer-songwriter started classic piano at the tender age of 3 and then decided that he would become a professional artist in the first year of high school. Debuting in 2011 with the single "bird", he has been influenced by singers such as Tatsuro Yamashita, Koji Tamaki and Kazumasa Oda in Japan, as well as David Foster and Bobby Caldwell on the other side of the Pacific. With someone like Bobby Caldwell as Sashida's career hero, I guess it's no surprise when he declared "I'd love to add an AOR essence to any song!"