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Dream Ami

Nakashima Ami (中島麻未), better known by her stage names Ami and Dream Ami, is a Japanese pop singer, performer and stage actress. She is a former member of the girl groups Dream and E-girls.

Nakashima debuted as a soloist on July 29, 2015 with the single "Dress wo Nuida Cinderella" under the stage name Dream Ami.

Biography

Early Life

Ami was born on May 11, 1988 in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

Prior to debuting as a singer, Ami attended CALESS vocal and dance school.

2002-2011

On July 7, Nakashima was announced as one of the new members of dream, joining alongside Takamoto Aya, Ai Risa, Yamamoto Sayaka, Nishida Shizuka and Abe Erie.

In 2005, Ami was part of the unofficial duo a☆girls, which recorded and performed "Tsuioku no Heroine", a cover of 80's idol duo Wink's song at Girl's BOX concerts with soloist Kayo Aiko.

In 2008, with DRM changing their name to Dream, Nakashima started to use her given name romanized, Ami, as stage name.

On December 28, 2011, she debuted as member of E-girls, having a concurrent position between the group and Dream.

2014

In January, she was announced to be the new Dream leader.

In April, she participated on the line-up of the unit DANCE EARTH PARTY, participating on the single "PEACE SUNSHINE" alongside the Dream members. She also participated on DANCE EARTH's project Changes.

2015

On May 11, day of her 27th birthday, it was announced her solo debut with the single "Dress wo Nuida Cinderella" as Dream Ami. The single was released on July 29.

2016

On April 20, she released her second solo single "Try Everything". The song was used as theme song for the Japanese airing of the movie Zootopia. Ami also dubbed Gazzele on the movie.

On October 19, she released her third single "Lovefool -Suki Datte Itte-".

2017

On March 22, she released her fourth single "Hayaku Aitai". The song is her first self-written single.

On June 5, with the reformulation of E-girls as E.G.family, she announced to be leaving Dream and E-girls after the E-girls LIVE 2017 ~E.G.EVOLUTION~ concerts in July to dedicate herself as a soloist.[1]

On July 12, she released her fifth single "Kimi no Tonari".

On July 16, at the last E-girls LIVE 2017 ~E.G.EVOLUTION~ concert, it was announced her first studio album Re: Dream, released on October 4.[2] It was also announced her first solo tour Dream Ami 1st. Live Tour 2017 ♡ Re: Dream, that went through the month of November.[3]

2018

On April 18, she released her sixth single "Amaharu". The single includes a footage of her first tour held on November 21 in Tokyo.

On September 7, she released the digital single "NEXT". The song was used as ending song for the Netflix animation movie Next Robo.

On October 24, Ami released her seventh single "Wonderland". The song was used as theme song for the movie Ozland Egao no Mahou Oshiemasu.

2019

From February 22 to May 25, she participated of E.G.family's first tour E.G.POWER 2019 ~POWER to the DOME~.

On March 13, she released her eighth single "Good Goodbye". The song was pre-released on January 30.

On August 6, it was announced that Dream Ami would cover Koda Kumi's song "Koi no Tsubomi" for the drama Busu no Hitomi ni Koishiteru 2019, which stars E-girls/Flower member Sato Harumi and EXILE/Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS member NAOTO.[4] The song was be released as a digital single on September 17.[5]

2020

On February 10, she announced her first apparel brand Amithing.[6]

On March 5, she released her first style book Amithing.

On November 5, she opened her personal YouTube channel named AMILOG.

2021

On February 22, she released the digital single "Wonderful World".

In September, she starred in the musical #Cha Me produced by LDH JAPAN.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Personal Life

Relationships

On February 22, 2020, Ami announced her marriage with architect and designer Handa Yuto.[14] In an interview in 2021 for her role in the musical #Cha Me, she revealed that her state of mind and self-esteem issues had changed dramatically with her marriage: "I feel mentally stable. It's really reassuring to have someone close by who always affirms me as I am, and I feel that pushes me forward." She also mentioned that her husband's words were a big factor in her decision to try her hand at acting and musicals. "My husband has been telling me ever since we met, "You should definitely try acting" and "You shouldn't set limits for yourself, Ami", so I gradually changed my way of thinking and realized that I wanted to break out of my shell. I decided to try my hand at a musical, and now my husband is very happy to see me enjoying the rehearsals."[13]

Discography

Studio Albums
  1. [2017.10.04] Re: Dream

Singles
  1. [2015.07.29] Dress wo Nuida Cinderella
  2. [2016.04.20] Try Everything
  3. [2016.10.19] Lovefool -Suki Datte Itte-
  4. [2017.03.22] Hayaku Aitai
  5. [2017.07.12] Kimi no Tonari
  6. [2018.04.18] Amaharu
  7. [2018.10.24] Wonderland
  8. [2019.03.13] Good Goodbye
Digital Singles
  1. [2019.01.30] Good Goodbye
  2. [2019.09.17] Koi no Tsubomi
  3. [2020.02.22] Wonderful World
Pre-release Digital Singles
  1. [2015.07.15] Dress wo Nuida Cinderella
  2. [2016.04.15] Try Everything
  3. [2018.09.07] NEXT

Collaborations/Others
  • [2013.09.18] SPICY CHOCOLATE - Shibuya RAGGA SWEET COLLECTION 3 (#2 FREE FREE!! feat. HAN-KUN & Ami (Dream / E-girls))
  • [2015.08.09] tofubeats - "POSITIVE" feat. Dream Ami
  • [2017.10.25] Various Artists - Thank You Disney (#5 "Kagayaku Mirai")

Concerts/Tours

Tours
  1. [2017.11.09-2017.11.29] Dream Ami 1st. Live Tour 2017 ♡ Re: Dream

Concerts Featured In

Works

Filmography

Musicals
  • [2021] #Cha Me (#チャミ)

Stage

Music

Music Video Appearances

Publications

Style Books

Dream Ami Amithing.jpg

  • [2020.03.05] Amithing

Trivia

  • She was Dream's youngest member and the one with the highest voice.
  • Former Representative Number: 05
  • Former Representative Color: Yellow
  • Favorite Animal: Killer whales
  • Favorite Food: Chocolate, Fried potatoes, Dumplings,
  • Hobbies: Work, Watching Movies
  • Charm Point: Smile
  • Shortcoming: Has a strange 'serious face'
  • Dream: Filial piety
  • Her blonde hair is her trademark. Nevertheless, she does not focus on it too much: "I don't have any particular preference. I don't mind going completely dark. Hopefully I can change my hair for a role. It makes me feel like an actress and I admire it."[13]
  • She dropped out of school in the second year of junior high school.[17]
  • In an interview in 2021, she confessed that she is actually not a very positive person in contrast to her public image, and that she gets depressed easily and has low self-confidence. However, she tries to be the opposite in her work for people to see. She explained: "I think I'm trying to convince myself that it doesn't matter if I'm lying at first, if I'm positive, I can take a step forward." and "When you're feeling down, sometimes forcing yourself to say positive words can help push you back up."[18]
    • When I asked what she wanted to change about herself, she revealed: "I compare myself with others and lose confidence. I often think 'I'm not good enough' and 'I want to be like that person'. Even when I get compliments, I think they mean something other than what they say. I want to improve my self-esteem so that I can live with confidence."[13]
  • In 2021, she started raising a shelter cat named "Penki".
  • According to herself, working on YouTube is very rewarding. Additionally, she does all the filming and editing for her videos herself. "[...] It's a place where I can share whatever I want in whatever way I want, so it's refreshing. I don't have a set quota, and I just upload the videos when they're done, so editing takes a lot of time, but it's fun! "[13]
    • Before she started YouTube, she had a hard time deciding what kind of videos to upload. "I had always thought that I couldn't show my work in front of people unless it was almost perfect, and I ended up not being able to do many things. I used to think that I could only start a YouTube video after I had completely decided on the content and the worldview, but then I realized that I would never be able to do that. I started this project because I wanted people to see me as I am."[13]

Honorary Titles

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Shizuka

Leader of Dream
January 2014 – July 2017

Succeeded by
Last

Preceded by
Erie

Longest serving member of Dream
(alongside Shizuka and Aya)
2014 – July 2017

Succeeded by
Last

Preceded by
Hasebe Yu

Youngest Member of Dream
July 7, 2002 – July 16, 2017

Succeeded by
Last

References

External Links

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Discography
Albums 1. Re: Dream
Other Albums E.G.POWER 2019 ~POWER to the DOME~
Singles 1. Dress wo Nuida Cinderella • 2. Try Everything • 3. Lovefool -Suki Datte Itte- • 4. Hayaku Aitai • 5. Kimi no Tonari • 6. Amaharu • 7. Wonderland • 8. Good Goodbye
Digital Singles 1. Good Goodbye • 2. Koi no Tsubomi • 3. Wonderful World
Featured Songs POSITIVE
Concerts & Tours
Tours 1. Re: Dream
Concerts Featured In E-girls: E.G. SMILEE.G.EVOLUTION
E.G.family: E.G.POWER 2019 ~POWER to the DOME~
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts DreamE-girlsDANCE EARTH PARTY
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Members
Former Members EXILE ÜSA | EXILE TETSUYA | Dream Shizuka
Discography
Albums 1.
Singles 1. Inochi no Rhythm | 2. PEACE SUNSHINE | 3. BEAUTIFUL NAME | 4. DREAMERS' PARADISE | 5. NEO ZIPANG ~UTAGE~ | 6. POPCORN
Digital Singles 1. To The World | 2. HEART OF A LION | 3. WAVE | 4. HAPPiLA
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Dream | EXILE | EXILE THE SECOND | Crystal Kay | Sandaime J Soul Brothers | GENERATIONS
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