Product of Hello! Project
Let’s take a look at Mai Satoda – 里田 まい – for a couple minutes.
A very talented singer who ten years ago auditioned for super group Morning Musume – モーニング娘。 Omnipresent producer and “Hello! Project” mastermind Tsunku – つんく♂ – decided to place Mai in a side group, Country Musume -カントリー娘。
While Country Musume did crank out many hits in different incarnations, Mai Satoda’s talents may not have been fully realized. Yeah, she was a member of Ongaku Gatas –音楽ガッタス- and other shuffle groups, and even plays futsal (a form of indoor soccer) with Tsunku’s Gatas Brilhantes H.P. – ガッタス ブリリャンチス H.P. but these days Mai is performing apart from Country Musume.
A Christmas song released last year and current single 「バイバイ」 both with Gōda Kyōda, really highlight Mai’s voice. Meanwhile I (J Pop Today blogger Dave) personally have taken a liking to this performance of the Blue Hearts classic “Train Train.”