Teruzane Utada, music producer and father of Hikaru Utada, made a tweet earlier today in response to a fan question about Hikaru Utada returning to work on the theme song for Kingdom Hearts III. His response was a simple “Yes”.
Hikaru Utada has announced today through her official blog that she has given birth to a healthy baby boy with her husband whom she married last year, and also has a brand new album currently in the works!
Utada’s decision to return to music came while she was pregnant with her son, and has stated that the album may take awhile to come out but is eager to get it out to fans as soon as possible.
This announcement that Utada will be returning to create new music brings up a lot of questions, specifically those by Kingdom Hearts fans. Will she come back to do the theme song for Kingdom Hearts III?
「生きてきたのに 突然の光の中、目が覚める 真夜中に」 (“Simple and clean is the way that you’re making me feel tonight It’s hard to let it go”) お誕生日おめでとう (Happy birthday to) Hikaru Utada (born January 19th, 1983) who is the singer of the Kingdom Hearts theme songs and she is celebrating her 33rd birthday! #BDayKH #KH13Music
Utada Hikaru’s blog: “News for all of my fans” (3/July/2015)
I have some news for all of you.
We had a baby!
He’s a very calm, quiet boy who’s been drinking his milk and sleeping well.
Once again I’d like to say thanks to all the many people who’ve supported me, the people who’ve been close at my side, and to my mother and father.
I worked on a new album while I was pregnant. Looks like it’ll take a little bit more time before it’s finished, but I can’t wait to work on the next part and show it to all of you. Wait just a little longer for me!
The cover album commermorating Utada Hikaru’s 15th anniversary since her music debut in Japan, “Utada Hikaru no Uta -13 kumi no ongakuka ni yoru 13 no kaisyaku ni tsuite-”, released earlier this month in Japan. This commemorative album features artwork created by various artists & photographers, including an illustration created by Tetsuya Nomura, and various popular performers like Yasuyuki Okamura, Ayumi Hamasaki, LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, and many more.
One of the songs honored on the anniversary cover album includes “Sanctuary”, produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and performed by Peabo Bryson.
For those of you unaware, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are a famous R&B songwriting and record production team best known for their work with Janet Jackson, Usher, Mariah Carey, and foreign talent like Crystal Kay and Jyongri. They have won five Grammy Awards and have 11 nominations since the start of their music career in the 1980s. They are also responsible for producing one of Utada Hikaru’s best-selling singles early in her career, “Addicted To You”, which sold 1 million copies in its first week and became one of the highest first week sales for a female solo artist in Japan.
Disney fans might remember Peabo Bryson, a R&B and soul singer-songwriter, well known for his contributions to various Disney soundtracks where he performed the ending themes to Beauty and the Beast with Celine Dion and Aladdin with Regina Belle. Hopefully for many of you, this rendition of “Sanctuary” will remind you all of the riveting love ballads from the 90s that many of us grew up listening to on the radio or after our favorite films.