under oda tetsuro, her first producer and who discovered her
music talent, nanase release her debut single "don't want to be
a dreaming girl" in november.
first album "Red" released in july and was an instant mega hit. it
has sold 2.7 million copies since its release. it was also awarded
"best female japanese rock album" in the 11th japan golden disc award.
nanase made her first and
only appearance (up to now) of NHK's kohaku singing battle at year end.
nanase's music career reached its climax with succeeding hit singles
"TROUBLE MAKER" and "Sweet Emotion." second album "paraDOX" released
in july and sales has exceeded 1.8 million copies. it was also awarded
"best rock album of the year" award in the 12th japan golden disc award.
first live tour
"Live Emotion '97" started in july and attracted 65,000 audience in 20
after the release of third album "crimson" in july, nanase began
her second national tour of 40 concerts.
first best album "ID" released in may and topped oricon album chart
in the first week of release. it was awarded "rock album of the year" award
in the 14th japan golden disc award. this was also the 4th consecutive time that
nanase's albums topped the chart in the first week of release. nanase
released 3 maxi singles in the second half of the year ("world inside
this hand/Heat of the night," "Jealousy," "China Rose").
4th original album "FOXTROT" released on 2.16, nanase's 25th birthday.
she had her first national hall tour since 1998 with 32 concerts nationalwide.
with tomoyasu hotei as her new producer, she released singles "midnight blue" and
"SEVEN SEAS" in a fashion that looked like this was the new nanase for years to come.
two singles "NO FUTURE" and "~dandelion~" both released on 1.31 marked
the first time nanase had two single releases on the same day. at the same
time, news broke out that nanase was pregnant. the rumours were confirmed
with nanase's marriage on 2.16, her 26th birthday. recordings were not stopped
due to nanase's pregnancy, with 5th original album "Purana" released in
february and mini ballad album "The Last Quarter" released in september, right
after she gave birth to her first son on 9.6.
nanase kicked start her comeback from pregnancy with single "endless
dream" which was the theme song of animation "inuyasha" in june. for the
first time in 2 years, she held a national live house tour "THE GIG 03
LIVE IT NOW." digital photo albums "Reborn," "Es" and "Devotion" were released
in july. she released her next single "love suicide in roppongi"
in october, which was a cover of ann lewis's classic rock hit 17 years
ago. outside the music scene, she also released a couple of picture
story books for children in july and december.
second best album "ID:2" released in march. mini live tour "[ID:2] THE GIG '03"
was held in june and july. she released her third picture story book "first kiss"
3 years after the last original album "Purana", the 6th original album
"7 seven" was released in february. the first national hall tour in 4 years
"Live Emotion 2004 [7 seven]" was held in may and june, with 15 concerts nationalwide.
it was followed by a live house tour "THE GIG '04 [7 seven]" in july with 7 more concerts.
nanase created her own color therapy label "ORENDA" early in the year.