The Sxplay

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Sayuri Sugawara
Native name 菅原紗由理
Birth name Sayuri Sugawara
Also known as The Sxplay
Born (1990-06-29) June 29, 1990 (age 28)
Yokote, Akita, Japan
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels For Life Music (2008–2013)

Sayuri Sugawara (菅原 紗由理, Sugawara Sayuri, born June 29, 1990 in Yokote, Akita) is a Japanese singer, also known by the name The Sxplay. She debuted as a musician in 2009, and sung "Kimi ga Iru Kara," the theme song for the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII.[1]


In January 2008, Sayuri Sugawara participated in the "7 Days Audition" and the "30 Days Audition". She won both auditions and received a contract with For Life Music Entertainment[citation needed]

Following the digital success of her debut song, Sugawara released her debut single, "Ano Hi no Yakusoku" on September 30, 2009. On September 3, 2009, at the Final Fantasy XIII premiere, it was announced that she would perform its theme song, "Kimi ga Iru Kara". Composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Sugawara performed the song with a live orchestral accompaniment at the premiere.[citation needed] A single for Kimi ga Iru Kara was released on December 2, two weeks before the release date of Final Fantasy XIII.[citation needed]

Her first album, First Story, was released on January 27, 2010. And peaked at number 14 on the Oricon charts, selling 10,217 copies.[citation needed] Sugawara's third single, "Sunao ni Narenakute", released May 19, 2010 was used as the insert song for the drama of the same title, Sunao ni Narenakute, starring Eita and Juri Ueno. Also on September 1, 2010, Sugawara's fourth single, "Suki to Iu Kotoba", was used as the theme song to the 2010 version of the drama Kasoken no Onna. On October 16 and 24, Sugawara held her first live tour at Shinsaibashi and Shibuya Club Quattro titled "Sugawara Sayuri Live Tour - The One". And also held school festival live tours in November at Toho, Kitasato and Momoyama Universities.[citation needed]

Sugawara released her second album, Open the Gate, on November 14, 2010.[citation needed]

On February 2, 2014, Sugawara revealed that she had cut ties with For Life Music and was now performing as an indie singer.[2] She will release her first independent extended play Call to Action on May 28, 2014 under the new stage name The Sxplay.[3]


Albums and EPs[edit]

Title Release date
"Kimi ni Okuru Uta" (キミに贈る歌, "Sending a Song to You") April 8, 2009
First Story January 27, 2010
Close To You December 22, 2010
Forever July 20, 2011
Open The Gate November 14, 2012
Call to Action May 28, 2014
Butterfly Effect November 25, 2015


Title Release date
"Ano Hi no Yakusoku" (あの日の約束, "The Promise on That Day") September 30, 2009
"Kimi ga Iru Kara" (君がいるから, "Because You're Here") December 2, 2009
"Sunao Ni Narenakute" (素直になれなくて, "I Can't Be Honest") May 19, 2010
""Suki" to Iu Kotoba" (『好き』という言葉, "The Word Called "Love" ") September 1, 2010
"Asu ni Naru Mae ni" (明日になる前に, "Before Tomorrow") December 7, 2011
"Habataku Kimi e" (はばたくキミへ) March 28, 2012

Digital downloads[edit]

Title Release date
Destiny feat. Feros December 17, 2008
Living Rock April 30, 2014


Title Release date
Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack January 27, 2010
"Miss Monday - Sayonara feat. Sayuri Sugawara" (さよなら feat. 菅原紗由理, "Goodbye feat. Sayuri Sugawara") March 24, 2010
Miss Monday - Beautiful June 23, 2010
KG - Dare Yori mo duet with Sugawara Sayuri June 30, 2010


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