Born in Sapporo, Japan. Emi Takada studied classical piano from a young age. At age of 10, she began
singing in the HBC Boys and Girls Choral Group and engaging in exchange with children overseas. She
was moved by being able to communicate with others through music, which transcends all borders.
She came to the United States in 1997 and joined the Houston Symphony Chorus as a soprano.
Following a return to Japan to learn chanson, and then came to New York in 2010 to study Jazz under
Marion Cowings. She made her New York City debut as a Jazz vocalist in 2011 at 5C Cafe in downtown
Manhattan. Then she moved to Houston in 2011 and performed regularly with pianist, Bob Henschen
and the other prominent musicians. She released her jazz CD album “I’m All Smiles” on Nov 25, 2014
and performed at Cezanne, the premiere jazz club in Houston, to standing ovations. She started
performing at Tomi Jazz in NYC monthly in July, 2015.
Takada moved back to Japan in 2017 and performs regularly with guitarist, Satoshi Inoue and the other
great musicians and often travels to New York, Houston and Jakarta.
She recorded her second jazz CD album “Why Did I Choose You?” in New York with the phenomenal
musicians and released on May 23, 2018. She performed album release Japan tour in the summer and
received great acclaim from various quarters. She also held a CD release show in Houston in October
28 and had successfully performed at Motion Blue Jakarta in December 5, 2018.
In September, 2019, she’ll make her first appearance at Birdland NYC, the premier jazz club in the world.
Takada also teaches and gave a workshop at Daya Indonesia Performing Arts Academy in Jakarta,
Indonesia, with pianist Nial Djuliarso in September, 2018.
She continues to pursue songs that connect the power of music and the deep meaning of words, and to
touch people's hearts, characterized by her transparent, gentle voice quality and overflowing emotion.
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2016-04-20
Why Jazz? I don't know.
I feel something special when I sing the great songs such as Cole Porter. Every single word, I feel very deeply. So I just tell the
story with beautiful music and enchanting rhythm.
Jazz is true life, true love and true heart.