Nao Yoshioka (@NAO_WORLDWIDE) – “The Truth”

Today, Japanese soul-singer Nao Yoshioka is thrilled to release The Truth, her third album available now via Yamaha Music / Sweet Soul Records. The album is a labor of love blending elements of soul, jazz, R&B and funk wrapped in her sweetly nostalgic aura and calming tone. The 11 track neo-soul project is a collaborative effort with Emmy winning and Grammy nominated producer Khari Mateen (The Roots, Jill Scott), Grammy nominated songstress Carolyn Malachi, Swizz Beatz protégé Tyrone “MusicMan Ty” Johnson (Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg) and in-house producer Hiroyuki Matsuda.

Yoshioka says, “On my musical journey I have traveled to many countries and I realized that music has always connected me with people no matter the race or culture. Because of this, I feel that I have found a positive truth. The truth that I found is that music unites us as one by knocking down all barriers. This powerful concept led me to create this album and the messages found within. I also tried a lot of new things for this album which makes it a very experimental project music-wise. I tried to talk about a few different topics for the first time and tried a different vocal approach to express it, so I’m hoping that the listener can feel the positive truth from my album!”
Also releasing today is Nao Yoshioka’s music video for silky smooth single “Spark.” With direction by Naoki Yamanouchi and Nao Yoshioka herself, she glows against the Tokyo skyline as the music ignites the spark within. The electric Hirotuki Matsuda produced track was co-written with Grammy nominated songstress Carolyn Malachi and is featured on The Truth album.
Nao explains, “Tokyo is a gorgeous magical place that allowed me to visually express the incredible moment I’m singing about in ‘Spark.’ This whole project is so deeply personal that I was inspired to also direct for the first time. I’m very grateful to my team who helped me bring my vision to life.”
On October 12, Nao Yoshioka will make her first performance in the US to support the album release at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, MD.