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Nicholas Edwards


What is Nicholas Edwards known for?

Nicholas Edwards, also known as Nyk, was born on July 31, 1992, in Hillsboro, Oregon and spent his early life in the neighboring city of Cornelius. Born into a musical family, with his father being the vocalist and guitarist of a local band, Edwards developed a keen interest in music from an early age. He attended Glencoe High School, in Hillsboro, where he had his first exposure to the Japanese language and was immediately fascinated by it. He later lived two months in Japan, a visit that solidified his passion for the country and its culture.

Upon graduation in 2010, Edwards followed his dream and moved to Tokyo, Japan, to pursue a career in J-Pop. Within a year, he was making waves in the Japanese music scene. His talents didn't go unnoticed; he made his debut on Japanese TV in 2011, by participating in the singing competition "Nodojiman The World," a contest he went on to win twice, in 2011 and 2012. Nick's journey through the world of Japanese music was so unique that it became the basis for a musical comedy, "Hinomaru Dream," filmed for the 4th annual Okinawa International Film Festival.

Edwards’ first musical release, an indie EP titled 'n/f,' came out in 2013. It was followed by a signing with Warner Music Japan, after which he released his debut single "F Ga Uta Ni Naru" on his 21st birthday. The song was included in his first album, "Skies," which hit stores later in 2013. The double mini-album featured a combination of original songs and traditional Japanese folk songs. His music also found commercial success; the title track of his album, "Skies," was used in a commercial for the university prep school Masuda-juku in 2014, and Edwards lent his voice to a jingle for a Lotte brand throat lozenge.

Edwards' journey from a high school student in Oregon to a renowned J-Pop star in Japan is a testament to his talent, tenacity, and passion for Japanese music and culture. He's a shining example of Glencoe High School's diverse and successful alumni.

More information can be found about Nicholas Edwards from the following sources:

  • A link to his personal website
  • A link to an interview with the Willamette Week
  • A link to his Japanese biography