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Washio Reina (鷲尾伶菜), currently known by her stage name Rei (伶), is a Japanese singer, performer and model. She is a former member of E-girls and Flower and currently active as a solo artist.

Washio debuted as a soloist with the digital single "Call Me Sick / Konna Sekai ni Shita no wa Dare da" in October 2020 under the stage name Rei.

Early Life

Washio Reina was born on January 20, 1994, in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, Japan.

Since kindergarten, she had the dream of becoming a singer. However, she did not have the confidence to sing in public and was a shy child. A changing point in her life was when she attended a concert of EXILE at Fukuoka Dome with her mother. Washio was so impressed by their performance that after learning an EXPG Studio would open in Fukuoka, she started attending it in her first year of high school. To be able to pay the fees of EXPG Fukuoka, she worked a part-time job in Karatsu. Washio dropped out from school after her first year of high school to focus on becoming a singer.[1]

Besides EXILE, Washio cites singer JUJU as another big musical influence during her childhood.[2]

Career

2011

In 2011, after attending EXPG Fukuoka for two years, Washio participated in the vocal selection of the EXILE Presents VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 3 ~For Girls~.

On July 26, during an E-Girls SHOW event in SHIBUYA-AX, it was revealed that Washio was one of the winners of the VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 3 and was added to FLOWER as a vocalist.[3] On that same day, she was also added as a member of E-girls, having a concurrent position between the group and FLOWER.

On October 12, she made debut with FLOWER with the single "Still".

2015

In September, she made debut as a model being featured on the November issue of the magazine LARME.[4]

2019

On September 20, with the announcement of Flower's disbandment, Washio revealed that she is set to a new goal of solo activities while being member of E-girls.[5]

On September 30, she left Flower with the group's disbandment.

On December 22, with the announcement of E-girls' disbandment set for around the end of 2020, it was revealed that Washio would be making solo debut.[6]

2020

On January 31, it was revealed that Washio would be singing the theme song of the movie Shousetsu no Kamisama, titled "Call Me Sick", and an insert song of the soundtrack, titled "Konna Sekai ni Shita no wa Dare da". It was also revealed that she would be using the stage name Rei (伶) for her solo activities.[7]

On September 27, it was announced that she would sing the title song of an upcoming short film from the CINEMA FIGHTER franchise directed by Mori Yoshitaka and starring Nakatsuka Yuta.

On October 2, she made solo debut as Rei with the digital single "Call Me Sick / Konna Sekai ni Shita no wa Dare da".[8][9]

On December 31, she left E-girls with the group's disbandment, now being active as a solo artist under the stage name Rei.

2021

On March 23, Flower's YouTube channel was renamed for Rei to use it as as the official channel for her solo career.[10] At the same time, it was revealed that there were plans for her to release song covers selected by herself, live streaming, as well as videos about her hobbies and private life.[11][12]

On April 8, it was announced that Rei's song "Chiru Chiru Michiru" would be used as theme song for the "Kinou Yori Akaku Ashita Yori Aoku -CINEMA FIGHTERS project-" movie Kaidan Mangetsu Hamagurizaka.[13]

On June 9, she released her second digital single "Kimi to nara Ii yo.".[14]

On July 29, it was announced that she will open her official digital fan club "freivor" (フレイバー) on August 2. The name of the fan club was coined by adding the word "rei" to the spelling of "flavour", meaning that the "rei" will only be completed when the "fragrance and flavor" of the fans are added. The digital fan club is planning to offer original contents such as movies and radios by Rei, advance tickets for live performances, and sales of members-only goods.[15]

In the same month, she held her first Billboard Live events in Osaka and Yokohama on July 22 and July 29 titled rei "the first" Billboard Live 2021.[16][17][18] Additionally, she held another Billboard Live event in Tokyo on October 23-24.[19][20]

On November 17, she released her third digital single "Houseki", featuring YOASOBI member Ikuta Lilas.

On December 21, she released her 4th digital single "Encount" featuring Sasagawa Mao.

2022

On January 19, her song "Chiru Chiru Michiru", which was previously released in the soundtrack album Kinou Yori Akaku Ashita Yori Aoku -CINEMA FIGHTERS project- in November 2021, was released as a digital single.[21]

On April 13, she will release her first studio album Just Wanna Sing.[22][23][24][25]

Personal Life

Relationships

Washio has a close friendship with singer MACO and the combination of the two is called Washimaco (わしまこ).[26][27][28] They collaborated on the song "Dear My Friend" which was released in June 2018.

Hobbies

Washio is an enthusiastic gamer. She often plays cooperative video games such as Fortnite, Dead by Daylight and Call of Duty together with Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS' ELLY, THE RAMPAGE's Suzuki Takahide and BALLISTIK BOYZ's Kainuma Ryusei.[29] In June 2019 she traveled to California alongside ELLY to participate as a guest player in the Fortnite Summer Block Party, a Pro-Am gaming tournament.[30] There, she teamed up with BELL of Japanese pro-gaming team CRAZY Raccoon.[31]

She opened her personal gaming channel on OPENREC on July 23, 2021.

Discography

Studio Albums
  1. [2022.04.13] Just Wanna Sing

Digital Singles
  1. [2020.10.02] Call Me Sick / Konna Sekai ni Shita no wa Dare da
  2. [2021.06.09] Kimi to nara Ii yo.
  3. [2021.11.17] Houseki
  4. [2021.12.21] Encount
  5. [2022.01.19] Chiru Chiru Michiru
Other Singles

Collaborations/Others

Works

Music

Solo Songs
Lyrics/Composition
For the list of songs Washio is credited as lyricist and composer in Flower, her own songs and for the artists featured in this wiki, see the Category:Songs written by Rei and Category:Songs composed by Washio Reina.

Concerts/Tours

Concerts

  1. [2021.07.22, 29, 2021.10.23-24] rei "the first" Billboard Live 2021

Trivia

  • Favorite artists: JUJU, Amuro Namie, Crystal Kay
  • Favorite movies: Harry Potter, Meitantei Conan
  • Favorite food: Nattou (Fermented soybeans)
  • Favorite flower: Sunflowers
  • Hobbies: Karaoke, Watching music videos, Gaming
  • She is the only member to be vocally featured on all E-girls' A-side singles.
  • She revealed on the TV show EG-style that one of her dreams is for E-girls do a dome tour and Flower do an arena tour.
  • She started an Instagram account on July 27, 2017.
  • Her fans gave her the nickname Rachel (れいちぇる).[32] EXILE HIRO often calls Washio by the nickname Wasshi (わっしー).[33] Kazuhara Ryuto of GENERATIONS gave her the nickname Washiko (わしこ).[34]
  • According to herself, her own singing voice is difficult to use and doesn't fit a lot of genres: "It doesn't suit the genre of music I like, so I admire singers who are huskier, thicker, and cooler.", (to the response that many people appreciate her unique voice) "But in my case, I am sure that I am just a little better at finding genres and styles of singing that suit my voice."[35]
  • Former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko revealed to be a fan of Washio and attended Flower's Flower LIVE TOUR 2015 "Hanadokei" on June 26 in Zepp Tokyo.[32][36]
  • Owns a Siberian cat named "Kinako". Reina describes her as "always so calm and confident no matter where she goes".[35]
    • For her merchandise as a solo artist, Reina has used photos of Kinako.[35]

Honorary Titles

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Aya

Oldest Member of E-girls
July 2017 - December 2020

Succeeded by
Last

References

  1. E―girls鷲尾伶菜、きつくても波乱万丈でも選んだ道が自分の正解
  2. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2060739/full/
  3. “EXILEの妹分”新生FLOWER、5人加入し9人体制で10月デビュー
  4. 鷲尾伶菜「LARME」に初登場「E-girlsとは違った一面」
  5. 鷲尾伶菜からファンの皆様へ
  6. E-girlsを応援してくださる皆様へ
  7. 【鷲尾伶菜】鷲尾伶菜 ソロプロジェクト「伶」第一弾『Call Me Sick』が、映画「小説の神様 君としか描けない物語」の主題歌に決定!!
  8. 10/2(金)公開の映画『小説の神様 君としか描けない物語』主題歌・挿入歌 全6楽曲の連続配信が決定!
  9. E-girls 鷲尾伶菜ソロプロジェクト「伶」始動! 2020年10月2日(金)劇場公開映画『小説の神様君としか描けない物語』主題歌&挿入歌配信決定!
  10. FlowerのYouTubeチャンネルが伶YouTubeチャンネルとしてリニューアル 3/26(金)20時~ 伶「初めてのYouTube生配信!#0」決定!
  11. https://mdpr.jp/music/detail/2497215
  12. https://natalie.mu/music/news/421369
  13. シネマファイターズ プロジェクト第4弾「昨日より赤く明日より青く-CINEMA FIGHTERS project-」主題歌情報
  14. https://www.wws-channel.com/music2/276414.html
  15. https://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/news/202107290001265.html
  16. https://mdpr.jp/music/detail/2605890
  17. http://www.billboard-live.com/pg/shop/show/index.php?mode=detail1&event=12802&shop=2
  18. http://www.billboard-live.com/pg/shop/show/index.php?mode=detail1&event=12803&shop=4
  19. https://www.billboard-japan.com/d_news/detail/102440/2
  20. http://www.billboard-live.com/pg/shop/show/index.php?mode=detail1&event=12888&shop=1
  21. 1/19(水)伶「散る散る満ちる」単曲ダウンロード/ストリーミング配信開始!
  22. https://natalie.mu/music/news/462478
  23. https://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000213986
  24. https://realsound.jp/2022/01/post-951739.html
  25. https://www.thefirsttimes.jp/news/0000069136/
  26. MACOとFlower鷲尾伶菜の“わしまこ”が仲良く「さしめし」
  27. https://natalie.mu/music/news/281635
  28. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2117611/full/
  29. https://realsound.jp/tech/2019/08/post-404639.html
  30. https://fpsjp.net/archives/333323
  31. https://realsound.jp/tech/2019/06/post-377010.html
  32. 32.0 32.1 前田敦子、Flower鷲尾伶菜は「全てがどストライク」 豪華タッグに「最高の2人」の声
  33. http://archive.is/20151006074155/http://7gogo.jp/talks/ejH8omPfQGcc/3804
  34. https://twitter.com/generationsfext/status/1452264191008460801?s=20
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 https://www.tokyoheadline.com/560471/
  36. https://twitter.com/Atsuko_100/status/614492282570436609

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