Nana Kitade, is a Japanese singer-songwriter and musician. In addition to being the singer of the rock band, The Teenage Kissers, she has had success as a solo artist, model, actress. Kitade is particularly known for her songs appearing in various anime, TV shows, doramas and movie opening, Kitade was featured on the cover of the Gothic & Lolita Bible, as well as featured in NEO and Kera magazines. She has toured all over Asia, Europe, and North America, as a child, Kitade wanted to be a singer and or an anime artist. She started learning the piano at the age of three, and wrote her own lyrics at twelve, in junior high school, she became a fan of Ringo Shiina and learned to play the guitar, traveling frequently to Tokyo for singing lessons. In February 2002 Kitade passed a Sony Music Japan audition and was chosen as the Sapporo area representative and was given the opportunity to debut as a singer. In March,2003, the demo which she submitted caught the attention of Susumu Nishikawa, session guitarist and she signed a deal with SME Records, a subgroup of Sony Music Japan. On October 29,2003, she debuted with the single Kesenai Tsumi, the single reached number 14 on the Oricon charts and stayed on the charts for twenty-two weeks. With the success of Kesenai Tsumi, Kitade then released Kesenai Tsumi, Raw Breath Track, a version of the song. On November 1, Kitade appeared on the NHK television program Pop-jam and her second single, Utareru Ame, was released February 4,2004 and peaked at #55 on the Oricon singles chart. Her third single was released July 22, called Hold Heart, from July 25 to August 15 Kitade had her first tour, touring 7 cities, performing 8 shows. Starting September 30, the song Pureness was featured as the theme of the anime Beet the Vandel Buster. Pureness was released as a single on November 17, and peaked at #60 on the Oricon chart, on June 1,2005, Kitades fifth single, Kiss or Kiss was released. The song was used as the song of the Nippon Television drama Anego. Her sixth single, Kanashimi no Kizu, was released July 20, the song was used as the theme song of PS2 game Fullmetal Alchemist 3, Kami wo Tsugu Shoujo. On August 1 Kitade participated in the 2005 Hong Kong Comic Festival as the first ever Japanese artist to appear, on August 24,2005 Kitades debut album,18, Eighteen, was released. The album ranked number 16 on the Oricon albums chart, the song Alice from the album was used as the image song for the movie Shinku. On August 28, she participated in Bokura no Ongaku Live on the Odaiba Boukenou specially installed stage, a part of this was shown to the public on Bokura no Ongaku 2
Kitade in Japan Expo 2007
Nana Kitade at Amoeba Music San Francisco, August 2, 2006.