BENI ARASHIROBeni Arashiro (安良城紅, Arashiro Beni?, born March 30, 1986 in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese pop and R&B singer-songwriter, who debuted in 2004 under the Avex Trax label. In 2008, Arashiro left Avex Trax and transferred to Universal Music Japan where she started to perform under the mononym, Beni.
Start of her careerBorn in Okinawa she moved to California and then Yokohama. Her father is American of White and Amerindian descent, and her mother is Uchinanchu. She was influenced from Namie Amuro, Alicia Keys and her father's favorite singer Janet Jackson. She graduated from U.S. Naval Base, Japan. She was studying political science.
From a young age she wanted to become a singer and because of her musical parents she took lessons at the piano from a young age. Because her parents were living overseas she was traveling between Japan and America a lot which exposed her to both Japanese as overseas music. When she was in Japan she participated in the Kokuminteki Bishojo Contest the largest talent contest. She made it all the way to the finals. This was quite special since she had no formal training. When her demotape was seen by Avex Trax they were impressed by her clear vioce natural beauty and English pronunciation that they decided to give her a debut. She became a member of Bishoujo Club 31. Beni was the first from the group to pursue a solo career while being active as a member of the group. Her first solo single named "Harmony" was released on the 9th of June in 2004. The song Harmony was a theme song for the Japanese drama Rei-kan Bus Guide Jike