Another 1st generation Morning Musume that went rogue and started her solo career (shortly after Nacchi did). She was the member that stuck around Morning Musume the longest of course as well leaving in 2005 and all. Of course everyone knows her as Johnson as that was her nickname through UTABAN of course and it stuck because Kaorin was very strange and yet intriguing at the same time lol. Tall too xD. She’s had some tragedy in her life when her first child past away, but she pulled through came back to performing with Dream Morning Musume and having a 2nd child, so yay hope things will go up for her!
Style of Music: If there was anything I wasn’t expecting ANYONE of Morning Musume to pull it was Mediterranean music (and at that a completely different languages) and here’s Kaori just pulling it off like it’s nobody’s business XD. Café Music basically…and her first two albums were entirely either in Italian, French, or Greek while the latter two was 90% Japanese the other 10, French and Italian xD
- Aegekai ni Dakarete
- Door no Mukou de Bell ga Natteta
- Osavurio ~Ai wa Matte Kurenai~
- Paradinome ~Koi ni Mi wo Yudanete~
- Avenir ~Mirai~
- Plein d’Amour ~Ai ga Ippai~
This is Kaori’s first A-side single, “Aegekai ni Dakarete”, and gosh is this a pretty song and very suited for Kaori’s vocals!
Top 5 Favorite Songs
Aegekai ni Dakarete
- IRRESISTIBLEMENT ~Anata no Toriko~i (album song from “Plein d’Amour ~Ai ga Ippai~)
- Nakazu ni Irarenai Watashi Desu (B-side from “Door no Mukou de Bell ga Natteta”)
- Cherbourg no Amagusa (album song from “Osavario ~Ai wa Matte Kurenai~”)
- Souvenir (album song from “Avenir ~Mirai~)
Other Things to Mention
-Well, she’s currently the only H!P gal to really try to sing in a European language and release as a CD (her first two albums)
Overall: Kaori has always been the strange member and even as she dove into her solo career, the choices of genres and languages is something you don’t see quite often in the J-pop world let alone the idol world so props to her for stepping into something unique and refreshing (though I’m not sure how well she did in the languages she tackled, but I thought it was good enough).