Visionary NYC-based Pop Singer Songwriter Shihori's new single "Soul Trip", out Sept 4th, carries a profound message for our chaotic and challenging times. Pulling from her unique life experience, Shihori shows the way to de-stress when faced with negativity and self-retreat to a higher frequency by invoking the power of music, melody and positive self-talk.
On the Importance of Switching Streams.
With negativity, gossip and chaos dominating our feeds and news sources, and with all of us facing the challenges of self-isolation, it's easy to give in to the negative stream.
Shihori, who has overcome multiple disabilities (Partial deafness, Asperger syndrome and dwarfism) and even a kidnapping incident in her relatively short life, sings songs about true love (“love who you are” etc) and how to create a stronger inner life; empowering yourself so you can empower others.
Shihori made her major debut in Japan in 2007. She has released popular songs, including 11 that were Gold Disc certificated (sold more than 10,000 copies) CDs despite facing many tough experiences since her childhood.
"Sometimes I felt death very near me, especially when I was bullied in elementary school and around the time I was mentally abused and kidnapped by music management company people. What saved me at last was the idea that “Everything has both sides, there’s a light on the other side of shadow”. “God coordinates things perfectly for better life all the time”. “So, SEEK THE LIGHT SIDE”
Shihori sang in her previous single, “Perfect Imperfection” about accepting your true self and both the shadow and light in you, as an existence having Perfect Imperfection. Now she steps forward to “show you how to get your self to the good statement from the negative statement.”
After a decade of her success in Japan, Shihori relocated to US to challenge herself and seek bigger success.
"These beliefs get me to seek the good meaning of what happens to me and what God wants me to learn from the thing TO BE BETTER. Knowing that there’s always better life waiting for you, your brain will find the solution eventually.
But when you are caught by irresistible negative thoughts or anxiety, it’s good to have a list of your favorite things, which make you smile. Tasting the happiness gets rid of the negatives from your mind, then you would be in a stream of higher frequency. Eat a cute cupcake…hold your dog tight…talk to your family or best friend or lover…Or listen to the music!"
Shihori has been struggling since her relocation in NY in 2018 to get used to American culture and to adjust her established music style to the American music industry and write songs in English.
“It wasn’t easy at all. I feel like I'm surviving in a jungle literally”, she says, but still her powerful music and performances full of positive energy have stunned audiences in the US.
Navigating a Pandemic and Finding New Creative Outlets
Through the pandemic and three months of self-quarantine, she created some songs which includes the previous single and this newest single, “Soul Trip.”
"I was pretty much stressed out at the beginning of the pandemic; all the gigs were canceled, I couldn’t have the studio sessions and photo shoots. But I told myself these beliefs everyday, I tried to find the light side of this hardship. I found this could be a great opportunity to invest in a better future while I can’t be out at all. I bought some equipment, made my bedroom into a recording and photoshoot studio, learned some new skills. I looked around Soundbetter and found two very talented music producers I could work on new singles with, which was the most amazing treasure I got because of this pandemic."
The New Single
Shihori's new single "Soul Trip" is a Killian Cruiser-produced melodic pop ballad featuring her signature emotionally charged, original vocal stylings. Shihori's melodies dance lightly over downtempo electronica beats and hypnotic synths. Killian Cruiser described the track as "super modern and vibey but kinda sexy and edgy too!"
The trip is a joyful one, like a walk with a trusted friend. The message is light but profound, delivered with sweetness.
"The power of “like” is the strongest. Remember it every time you feel stressed, pick your favorite something out! Then you will find the light a bit easier. I hope that ”Soul Trip” will help you get to the higher frequency!"
Stream "Soul Trip" on Spotify.