HOME MADE KAZOKU
HOME MADE KAZOKU, is a unique looking HIP HOP group formed of small (MICRO), medium (KURO), and large (U-ICHI). The group's May 2004 debut from Ki/oon Records /Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc. won them acclaim as the best upcoming artist of the year on the Japanese music scene. Their first full-length album, “ROCK THE WORLD”, achieved #5 on the Oricon national chart, with over 300,000 sales, and spent an amazing two months in the Top 20s.
HOME MADE KAZOKU also created a buzz with their tracks featured as theme songs on many hit anime series, such as Eureka Seven (“Shonen Heart”), Naruto (“Shooting Star”). Their third single, "Thank You!!", hit #5 on the Oricon chart.
Following their fourth album, “HOME”, which included the lead track “NO RAIN NO RAINBOW” (the theme song of Naruto Shippuden: The Movie, "Kizuna"), HOME MADE KAZOKU headlined their first tour in Japan, including a sold-out show at theNippon Budokan in front of more than 10,000 fans. They host an annual music festival, held for the third time this year in October.
MICRO is widely referred to as a “soul rapper" because of his husky, powerful voice. KURO adds a deep, whispering rap which gives life to the lyrics. Combined with U-ICHI's DJ skills, their positive, heartwarming music has caught many listeners' ears.
HOME MADE KAZOKU will be celebrating their tenth year anniversary this May 2014.
Loverin Tamburin made their first major debut in 2006 when they released “Aishitageru,” the opening to “Makaisenki-Disgea.” In August 2007 they also released “mo?o!,” the ending music of “Nanatsuiro?drops.”
The queen of anime singers by day, and a renowned R&B and jazz performer by night, legendary songstress MIQ will make a rare trip from Japan to help make AWA even more epic! Known prior to 2000 as MIO, this dynamic performer is famed worldwide for her theme songs for anime classics "Gundam 0083," "Aura Battler Dunbine," "Heavy Metal L-Gaim," "Area 88," "Bismark," "Xabungle Graffiti" and more. She's also one of the most beloved performers on Japan's anime song concert scene. One of the star attractions in Japan's growing number of Gundam-only concerts, MIQ is also a perennial headliner in the annual Super Robot Spirits and Anime Japan Fes concerts.
Cherami Leigh is an on camera and voice actor from Dallas. She has been in over 75 commercials, and was a live national on air DJ for Radio Disney. She has appeared in many films and television shows, including the soon to be released “Beyond the Farthest Star” and in the hit webseries “Throwing Stones.” She was also in the Emmy award winning “Temple Grandin,” and has appeared on various network television shows.
She stars opposite Sean Astin and Tim Curry in the animated film “Ribbit.” She has also worked on "Doc McStuffins" on Disney Junior and "Zou" on Sprout. In the Anime World- she has appeared as Road in “D. Grayman, ” Sae in “Peach Girl,” Yuti La in “Heroic Age,” Elizabeth in “Black Butler,” Patty in “Soul Eater,” Ayano in “Kaze no Stigma,” Natsumi in “Sgt. Frog,” Naomi in “Witchblade,” Yoshika in “Strike Witches,” Elicia Hughes in “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”, Setsuna and Akira in “Negima,” Mai in “Ghost Hunt,” Tamaki in “Bamboo Blade,” Himawari in “XXXholic,” Cecily in “Sacred Blacksmith,” Liechtenstein in “Hetalia,” Lucy in “Fairy Tail,” Takeshita in “B Gata H Kei,” Kneesocks in “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt “, Sunako in “Shiki," Suzuha in “Steins;Gate,” Shana in “Shakugan no Shana," Gaige in "Borderlands 2" and she plays Asuna in "Sword Art Online" airing on Toonami.
She has other projects both animated and on camera that are in various stages of development that she will share soon. She loves screenwriting, painting, making jewelry and positive quotations, reading and stars!
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.
J. Michael Tatum
Scott McNeil hails from Vancouver, Canada by way of Brisbane, Australia. He started acting at the age of three and hasn't (his mom would say) stopped since. Spanning over two decades and including over 12,000 episodes, Scott's voice career began with The New Adventures of He-Man way back in (gasp) 1988. He is perhaps best known currently as Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, Koga, in Inuyasha, Piccolo (the first) and many others in Dragon Ball Z, Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, Jetfire in Transformers Armada, and Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, As well as Hohenheim in Full Metal Alchemist, the deeply neurotic Merb Stork in StormHawks, the amazingly inept Voltar in League of Super Evil, Ali al Satchez in Gundam 00, and the inanely musical Flam in My Little Pony.