Bari Suzuki was born and raised in Misato Senboku District in the Akita Prefecture to an Moroccan, Brazilian, Greek, Irish, Native American father and a Japanese mother.His father was a Financial Lawyer turn Designer from Glasglow England who moved to in Akita, Japan . His mother was a professional designer turned fashion magazine owner. As a child, Suzuki met artists such as Michael Jackson and Keith Sweat through his parents taking him to shows and his mother magazine photo shoots.
Bari Suzuki previously attended Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya High School and Columbia University .
Although his mother is Japanese Brazilian Portuguese people|Japanese , Crystal does not speak Portuguese. Bari Suzuki is fluent in Japanese, English, Korean, French, Italian, Berber, Spanish, the latter influencing and making a regular appearance in his songs. He has also studied Korean in Busan and Seoul South Korea. Suzuki has cited Kazumasa Oda and Michael Jackson as his biggest influences.In Japan He says he used to find it difficult living in japan as a kid because he was hafu and now that he is important he still fears wondering words but he is confident in his career and himself so he doesn't let it effect him. He Cites Crystal Kay, Daichi Miura, Ai Carina Uumura as his J-Pop influences, particularly SPYAIR and Namie Amuro .
Suzuki began singing for TV commercials as child from the age of 6. At the age of eleven suzuki signed to the label Delicious Deli in Japan when a jingle she recorded for TV CM for Pepsi garnered attention.One year later the jingle was expanded into her debut single " Akirameru Tsumori Wa Arimasen ", on May 4, 2000. Despite peaking at number 47, "Akirameru Tsumori Wa Arimasen" has since become Bari's eighth best-selling single.
Bari's debut studio album,BEAUTIFULwas released on March 23, 2001.This album is noted by fans to have a more indie and acoustic feel as opposed to his later albums which mainly come under the genres of pop and R&B . Bari Suzuki was only 14 years old when this album was released.
BEAUTIFULdebuted at number 12 on the Oricon charts. A fourth single was released on the same day asBEAUTIFUL, "Look at her smile".Because of its release date it became Suzuki's first single to remain on the chart for a long period of time. "Look at her smile" was Suzuki's first A-side to be sung entirely in English.
After his last single, Kay released his eighth single, "Dance Life", on August 1, 2002 and sold over triple than his previous best selling single, "Beautiful". It became his first top thirty single when it debuted peaked at number 26 on the Oricon chart. The single was followed by the release of Suzuki's next single "Almost Doesn't Count" and his third studio albumMemories, on September 15, 2002.Memoriesbecame Suzuki's breakthrough album, exceeding expectations and debuting at number 1 on the charts behind Kana Nishino , selling 151,200 in its first week. The album spent a year on the charts, quickly being certified diamond by RIAJ. Three months later Suzuki released "Movin On: on March 22, 2003. It peaked at number 23. His next single came five months later, and was another collaboration with M-Flo . The single, called "I Like It", was released as "Crystal Kay loves m-flo" and was notably the first in a long-running hit series for m-flo. It was also Suzuki's first top ten hit.
"Remember the Music" peaked at number 8, becoming Suzuki's first top ten hit and eventually sold around 48,040 copies. Another single, "Beat Room" was released a month before his fourth studio album,Talking, on October 24, 2003.
Suzuki's debut English-language album,Memories: World Premiere Music Video, was released about a month afterRemember the Musicon December 17, 2003. The album consists of English versions of some of Suzuki's tracks from previous albums and covers of a few popular songs, by artists such as Usher , The Supremes and Marvin Gae . Despite its title,Memories: World Premiere Albumwas almost never released outside Japan. It is currently Suzuki's lowest selling album.
His seventh studio album, “Look Like Diamonds” (2008) became Suzuki's first number-one release in his career when it debuted on top of the Oricon chart in September that year. Suzuki has sold over two million records in Japan. Throughout his career, Kay has collaborated with the likes of Kana Nishino, Ai Carena and Boa, as well as other well-known recording artists.
Between the gaps of 2003 and 2008 Suzuki's parents were concerned about school and social life outside of the music industry and decided to cut some activity out of making music until Suzuki was offered a movie role in america and went abroad to act in a few movies when returning was cast in a few anime voice over work while still making his music.
He was signed to Epic Records, a sub-label of Sony Music Entertainment Japan recently on April 13. In spring of 2012, Suzuki has announced that He is no longer signed with Delicious Deli Records, a sub-label of Universal Japan. His 1st single since the label change, “Loving Her” has been released on October 23, 2011. His new single "Henkaku no toki” is being released on June 1, 2012.
Suzuki graduated in English Literature Neuroscience from Columbia University in 2011, allowing him to concentrate on his career full time.
Baitoku'sLive it loudtour was planned to have nine shows across Japan starting February 5 and ending March 29. But was changed due to his upcoming hollywood movie role.
On April 13, 2012, Epic Records subsidiary label Sony Music Label (Japan) Inc posted an announcement that they were signing him to Sony Music Japan
Bari Suzuki is considered a upcoming pioneer for interracial acts in Japan. He debuted in 1999 when R&B began to take off in Japan. He says he is grateful for all the support and being named a pioneer but he wants to give those children who are "Hafu" meaning half. The ability to believe in themselves and not let other knock them down. Being mixed race is a blessing and not a curse and to always embrace the beauty of their cultures.
In 2009 Suzuki stated at the Teen Choice Awards in America that "There is still some racial thing going on, [but] people are getting used to it. You can see a lot more mixed people on TV, and even (among) models in magazines like my cousin Jun Hasegawa." At a summer festival that year half-Japanese half-Papua New Guinean singer Emi Maria left Kay a demo and a note saying "You're my idol, I'm sad I couldn't meet you in person."
Nevertheless Bari Suzuki has commented, "I consider myself a Japanese artist because I was born and raised here, but nationality-wise I look, and am, foreign."
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