Rina Sawayama

“Gigs are a form of escapism[…]I want people to lose themselves and find themselves and feel united with people.”

  • Name: Rina Sawayama
  • Born: August 16, 1990
  • From: London, England
  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Contribution/Impact: Sawayama is a Japanese-British singer and songwriter, known for her discography of nu metal, electropop, and avant-pop music. In 2020, she released her debut studio album Sawayama, to widespread critical acclaim. She came out as bisexual and pansexual in 2018, and has been a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, tackling biphobia. 
  • Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Model
  • Known For: “Cherry” (2018), “Comme Des Garçons (Like the Boys)” (2020), “XS” (2020)
  • Awards: 2020 Attitude Award for Breakout Artist, Included in Vouge Japan for Woman of the Year 2019
  • Interesting Facts: Sawayama’s main musical influences come from 90s and 2000s musicians like Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, and Hikaru Utada, as well as other LGBTQ+ music artists such as Hayley Kiyoko, Troye Sivan, and Demi Lovato.

Rina Sawayama began her music career in 2013, releasing a series of singles over the next couple of years. Her 2015 R&B pop single “Where U Are” explores human interaction through digital media. In 2017, She released her sing “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome” on her self-released debut EP, Rina, which she funded herself by working 2-3 jobs over the years. In 2018, Sawayama released the single “Cherry” that explores her sexual identity and went on her Ordinary Superstar Tour through the US, UK, and Canada. In 2020, she signed to Dirty Hit and released her first studio album, Sawayama. She has come out as bisexual and pansexual, stating her songs are about women rather than men. In 2020, Sawayama signed an open letter to the UK Equalities minister to ban all forms of LGBTQ+ conversion therapy. 

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