[Artist Spotlight] Obi Tenaka

March 14, 2010

credits to yui-life.com

You probably never heard of him, in fact there’s barely anything on the internet about him, but that’s because he hasn’t debuted yet. But he’s definitely someone to look out for especially he got signed to Sony Music two years ago.

Obi Tenaka, a singer and actor, has gained popularity in Japan by appearing on some famous TV shows including Hey Hey Hey Music Champ!, and has made a variety of appearances on Fuji TV and TV TOKYO. He made his splash in Japan when he was signed to Sony Music Entertainment Japan in late 2008 and has composed and written songs for commercials. He recently made an appearance for the CM Oronamin, which features Japanese idol Aya Ueto as the main cast. Obi has been noted for his affiliation with some top stars including Utada Hikaru, M-Flo, Chemistry, and many others. He has been referenced in blogs and events by some top actors and actresses in Japan and Korea including Erika Toda, Aragaki Yui, ARASHI, and Han Hyo Joo. His cousin is Crystal Kay, who is also a singer in Japan. He has said many times that Crystal Kay was his inspiration for entering the world of entertainment.

Obi Tenaka was born and raised in England on November 11, 1990. He is 1/4 Japanese, 1/4 Korean and 1/2 African American. After his birth, he and his family relocated to America for 2 years and then moved to Tokyo, Japan. At the age of 15, he auditioned for Avex but was declined. 3 years later, Obi once again auditioned for Avex but instead caught the eye of the SMEJ vice-president and received a sign-on contract for one of largest music labels in Japan.

Credits to yui-life

Did I mention the rumor that he got recruited or offered by Johnny’s Entertainment? How many times does JE actively recruit? Usually it’s the moms/sisters/friends that send in the applications and JE has to sift through all of them. I think it’s only been Matsujun that comes close to have been recruited. Except, he still applied. It’s just that when they saw his picture, they accepted him. Obi’s case… direct recruit?! He’s probably really good, if the rumor’s true. Either way, it seems like he already has many connections throughout the Entertainment World with many people supporting him as stated above in the mini-bio I just quoted.

Whether his skills will resonate with the public and gain world wide fame, only time can tell. For now, we can only wait for him to continue training and sharpen his skills, before showing off his true potential to the world.


10 Responses to “[Artist Spotlight] Obi Tenaka”

  1. Anonymous Says:


  2. Anonymous Says:

    I think I saw him somewhere..

  3. Anonymous Says:

    For real John? This article reads like it were written by a child. You’re not fooling anyone.

    • krooxy Says:

      Um, I think this is a misunderstanding… I’m not trying to “fool anyone”. This blog is just a blog. I’m just writing whatever I want. Or in this case, what some other person requested. It’s not like I’m trying to become a professional in the first place. @_@

    • Anonymous Says:

      …Who is john??

  4. 工藤山本 Says:


  5. Anonymous Says:

    If he does anything he might do well…he should just go into USA entertainment.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I noe this dude lol 🙂

  7. I wish the real life Obi Tenaka would drop this bullshit, and just be the friend he should be. Instead of trying to make up all this fake bullshit to try and get laid.

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