2014年ROROの最新アルバム”ROAD TO SUCCESS”にシンガー、ソングライターとして参加。その後、福岡LOVEFM76.1Mhzにて毎週金曜日７時から“RORO RADIO”のバイリンガルCo-hostとしてROROと「HIPHOPカルチャーをレクチャーする音楽番組」を制作。九州では唯一のリアルHIPHOP番組として評判を得る。
「Hiphopカルチャーやトレンド、最新USリリース情報をいち早く配信、来日アーティストをインタビュー」(Interview: Shing02,dj honda, Dj Jazzy Jeff, Dj Qbert, Dj Krush, AK69..etc)また、メローな選曲をメインとするR2Radio presents “RnB Selecta by RISA”のメインホストを務め、Take6やStylisticsといった来日アーティストらをインタビュー。RISAが名曲をカバーするRisa’s Coverやアーティスト・曲の背景ストーリーを語る“Story Behind the Song”のセグメントも人気である。
JAZZ TOUR LIMITED EDITION 2016
JAZZ, SOUL POPS をRISAのスタイルで歌い上げるリミテッドエディション。
映画の主題歌となった「SEE YOU AGAIN」は祖母や熊本大地震のトリビュートとしてRISAが日本語に書き換えたカバーソング。
シンガー( Original / Jazz / RnB / Pops / Soul / Gospel / Acoustic / Bossa Nova / Wedding etc… )
Risa Kumon (Singer/ Songwriter/ Radio Personality)
Risa Kumon is a female Japanese artiste born on September 16, in Sasebo City, Nagasaki, Japan.
Since her childhood, Risa had the passion for music. Unfortunately, Risa got sick at the age of 3 years old and lost her sight. During this time, she learned how to play the piano. Lucky enough, She got back minor sight at the age of 4. Her parents wanted her to live a normal life and therefore she was brought up like other children so she did not know about her irregularities until after graduating college. In high school, Risa specialized in music and mastered classic vocal training. After graduating from college, She relocated to Los Angeles to further her efforts to study music and English. In her academic pursuits in Los Angeles, She managed to study a variety of music genres including Acoustic, gospel, Jazz as well as classic rock from the Pasadena International Academy. She studied the English language from Poly Language Institute. From 2004 to 2006, she worked with international Japanese producer, Sunday Mitsuru at his studio in Pasadena.
Risa proceeded further with her efforts where in the year 2007, she returned to her home country and formed a group. She joined a promotion label to perform and get her music heard and she released her first independent album entitled “Love Always”. In 2008, Risa was reserved for the “Okinawa Love Fest”, a charity occasion supported by McDonalds at the Ginowan Outdoor Theater where Risa met RORO, a Producer, Radio Personality, Songwriter, and a Rapper, who was invited for the event.
Later, Risa and RORO started working together on music. Their first single was titled “International Lover”. The song won positive reviews from the public and was featured in not only exclusive Dj mix CDs,
It also featured in radio shows. That way, they managed to sell a great deal of singles independently in Japan. While she was working with RORO, Risa was able to get featured in many Japanese newspapers and magazines, and perform live on national TV for FOX Japan’s backstage pass summer beach party. She later opened up for key artists like Frankie J, New Boyz, Big Boy, HY, DJ Kaori, AK69, among others. In 2011, She was booked to perform in numerous military base festivals, Including Kadena Festival, Futema Festival and More. Risa was also nominated to perform at ANA Intercontinental-Manza, One of the top 3 chapels in Japan where she sang for wedding ceremonies and parties.
In 2012, Risa released her Jazz covered mixtape which gained a promotion to tour with the Jazz music Legend Hino Terumasa and DJ Honda on their Kyushu visit endorsing their album “Never Forget 311”. Moreover, Risa was the headlined artist to perform at the Nagasaki Theme Park, Huis Ten Bosch.
In 2014, Risa was featured on RORO’s debut album “Road to Success”. The album was distributed in major retail stores in Japan, and electronically globally. Featuring in RORO’s album made her to feature on the biggest digital billboards in Tokyo like the Shibuya crossing billboard which is the busiest pedestrian crossroad in the world. Another single by RORO, “Doesn’t mean I’m Lost” featuring Risa was appeared in Space Shower television video rotation.
At the onset of the year 2015, Her popularity was heightened further by the fact that she was a host on weekly radio shows for prominent radio houses. At first she was a co-host on RORO radio, a show that aired weekly in Fukuoka on a popular commercial radio station known as Lovefm76.1Mhz. She later became a weekly radio presenter on R2 Radio at InterFM89.7Mhz, a famous Radio station in Tokyo. With time, she was given her weekly show, RNB Selecta on Inter FM89.7 alongside R2 radio. The shows she hosted instantly gained the approval from the public and she was able to interview major artistes and DJs such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Pharcyde, DJ Honda, DJ Krush, Shing02, Take 6, The stylistics and others.
In 2016, Risa Kumon embarked on a Jazz solo tour where she got the opportunity to perform at one of Japan’s biggest Jazz Festivals, the Nakasu Jazz Festival. In addition to this, She released the “Christmas covers ep” in digital stores and streaming services on global platforms.
This year (2017), Risa was appointed as the special guest headliner at Fukuoka’s biggest Fashion Show, Fukuoka Asian Collection. This presentation alongside her performance was presented on RKB TV special. However, Risa was promoted to perform at the 13th annual Sasebo Seaside Festival in her hometown, Nagasaki. Later, she was invited to perform at the Nakasu Jazz Festival for the second consecutive years.
Currently, Risa is working on her second official album that is being produced by RORO and Katsuyuki Seto, pioneer and president of Studio Sapcelab, a 3D music production studio. She also performs in Japan regularly and has started a cover series where she covers English songs and translates the lyrics with her words to help the people that cant speak english understand the inspiration as well as the message relayed in the songs. Risa Kumon not only wants to challenge herself but also wants to inspire many people using her sweet voice and story to demonstrate that with hard work, love and dedication, everything is possible. She will not let misfortune or her visual disability disable her dreams.