Kylee Saunders (born May 25, 1994), better known mononymously as Kylee, is a Japanese American singer. She is signed onto Sony Music Japan's DefStar Records label.
Early life and career:
Kylee was born in Chandler, Arizona to a British-American father and Japanese mother, Kylee became interested in singing thanks to the influence of her father and was exposed to singing from an early age, dreaming of becoming a singer and often performing in front of crowds. She has a younger sister and a younger brother. When she was eleven years old, she passed an audition to perform the national anthem at the opening segment of an NBA game, earning a standing ovation. Soon after, this performance earned her the interest of music producers and she was signed onto the independent label RX-Records. Kylee attended Stoller Middle School in Portland, Oregon until 2007 when she returned to Arizona. Kylee attended Hamilton High School, and is expected to graduate from Stanford University in 2016.
On October 17, 2008, "Vacancy" was released in the United States as a digital single. Under RX-Records, she released her first single "Vacancy" on December 3, 2008, which was featured as the ending theme to the Sony Computer Entertainment anime series, Xam'd: Lost Memories. On March 24, 2010 Kylee released her major debut single under Sony Music Japan's label DefStar Records, titled "Kimi ga Iru Kara" (キミがいるから, "Because You Are Here"), which was featured as the theme song to the 2010 film Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, a Japan-America co-production in which she also gave a cameo performance. Her second major label single, "Missing/It's You", was slated for release on July 7, 2010, with "Missing" being the second opening theme song to the Bones and Stan Lee anime Heroman. She also performed as one of the opening acts for the 2010 Summer Sonic Festival, playing on the Urban/Dance Stage. This was followed by her single "Everlasting", including the titular theme song for the second episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series. Kylee appeared on NBC's Today in the United States on May 13, 2011, where she was interviewed by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before she performed her fourth major single "Never Give Up". Kylee performed at Otakon 2011 on July 31, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland and had her US concert debut. Her fifth major single, "CRAZY FOR YOU", was released on October 5, 2011, and the titular song was used in Japanese online clothing retailer Nissen's 2011 Fall Collection television commercial. Kylee released her debut album 17 on November 23, 2011. She also did a duet with Sam Tsui in May 2013.
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