Glay (グレイ, Gurei?) is a rock/pop band from Hakodate, Hokkaidō, Japan formed by guitarist Takuro and vocalist Teru during high school in 1988. Glay primarily composes songs in the rock and pop genres, but they have also composed songs using elements of different styles such as reggae and gospel. As of 2008, they had sold an estimated amount of 28 million records of forty-three singles and 23 million copies of fourteen albums[1][2], about 37.8 million of which in Japan alone, according to Oricon charts.


Main members

All members were born in Hakodate, Hokkaidō except Hisashi, who was born in Hirosaki, Aomori. When he was in elementary school, he moved to Hakodate.

* Takuro: real name Takuro Kubo : guitar (leader and primary songwriter)
* Teru: real name Teruhiko Kobashi : vocals
* Jiro: real name Yoshihito Wayama : bass
* Hisashi: real name Hisashi Tonomura : guitar

Past and current support members

  • Seiichiro Nagai: keyboard (2007–present)
  • Yuta : real name Yuta Saitou : Keyboard (2004–2005)
  • Toshi : real name Toshimitsu Nagai : drums (1995–present)
  • Sakuma : real name Masahide Sakuma : guitar, keyboard, producer (mid-1994–present)
  • Shige : real name Shigeo "sk55" Komori : keyboard (1998–2004)
  • D.I.E. : real name Daijiro Nozawa : keyboard (1995–1998)
  • Nobumasa : drums (1994–1995)
  • Akira : drums (1993–1994)


Officially, the name "Glay" is a deliberate misspelling of the word "gray" and represents the style of music they wanted to play: a mixture between rock (black) and pop (white)[5]. However, it is thought by many English-speaking residents that the misspelling of the band's name may actually have been due to a genuine error, and the official reason was only decided in retrospect.[citation needed] In support of this, they point out that confusing the R and L is a very common mistake amongst Japanese speakers of English, because the Japanese language does not distinguish between the retroflex ("r") and lateral ("l") phonemes of the liquid morpheme.