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Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer, National Recording Artist:
MADOCA is a world-class keyboardist and composer. Her style is a fusion of Contemporary/ Classic Jazz, Soul, Funk, Salsa, and Jazz Fusion providing musical sustenance for your mind and soul. Madoca began studying Piano/Organ at the age of seven, played through her teenage years, and graduated from the Senzoku Music University in Kawasaki, Japan with a major in Composition & Piano. She’s got her scholarship program at the Nemu Music, where she studied jazz piano, theory, ensemble, and composition. Her teaching exploits included an Education Partnership Program from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Madoca got her first taste of show business in 1993 when touring with Japanese national bands and also performing on NHK TV in Tokyo. She has performed with several American Bands which included some navy base and NCO club appearances. In 1994, Madoca moved to China where she performed on the world stage in Australia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America with various Chinese major artists, including PolyGram recording artists Jacky Chueng and Sandy Lam. Her selection, "I Don't Cry Anymore" was the winner of a contest called Song Writer's Quest, a competition organized by the CASH. She has also worked with Eric Marienthal, Paul Young and All 4 One and many more.
Prior to moving to the U.S., she has performed sideman work for several Asian pop stars. "Music is my Life," Madoca says, and she expresses her music with passion and expression. In 1998, Kawahara worked with The Prince Project, they travelled the world as a working unit. In 2003, Madoca finally made the move to the U.S., where she settled in Atlanta, GA. She formed a band called Madoca & Company. She performed the Joe Sample (RIP), Herbie Hancock, and the Ramsey Lewis Tribute Concerts. She has also opened for Chris Botti, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliott, India Arie, Jean Carne, Pamela Williams and Tracy Hamlin to name a select few. she has performed at the Michelob GOT JAZZ Concert etc. Her musical influences include the aforementioned Hancock, Lewis and Sample, as well as Chick Corea, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, Jimmy Smith, George Duke (RIP) and Eddie Palmieri, yet, her style is uniquely her own.
Her first single “Surrender,” caught fire across the country, was on the Billboard Smooth Jazz “Most Added” list in March 2018 and was on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Chart for April and May 2018. Madoca became a Grammy voting member in April of 2018.
Madoca’s s second single "On the Beach (With You)" was on the Billboard Smooth Jazz “Most Added” list in August 2018 and was on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Chart from August 2018 ~ to December 2018.
Madoca's third single “Illusions of Love,”– the title song from her album has produced by Bob Baldwin and it was on the Billboard Smooth Jazz and Groove Jazz Music “Most Added” charts on June 17, 2019, and it has been on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Chart! Distributed by City Sketches Records (Via the Orchard / Sony Red Music digital platform).
Her latest single "I Feel you", caught fire across the country again, it was on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Most Added a list in October 2021 & the Smooth Jazz national charts and it has been on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Chart. (March 1, 2022). Madoca Kawahara is the real deal and deserves your immediate attention. Madoca is currently working on her new single title, “Angel Time” produced by jazz great, Kim Waters. It’ll be released on June 24, 2022. * Please check out Madoca's website: https://artistecard.com/madoca