May’n is a J-pop and Anison singer. She initially debuted as May Nakabayashi before changing her stage name to May’n. She provided the singing voice of Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier (2008).
Stage Name: May’n
Birth Name: Nakabayashi Mei (中林 芽依)
Birthdate: 21 October 1989
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Height: 163 cm (5’4″)
Blood Type: O
Management: HoriPro International
Record Label: Victor Entertainment/Flying Dog
Official Fan Club: mayn.jp/fanclub_entry/
YouTube: May’n Official YouTube Channel
– She wanted to become a singer since she was 3 years old. (Manga Tokyo)
– Her father and mother are from Mie Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture respectively. They currently live in Nagoya. She has mentioned one younger sister. (Blog)
– In 2003, she participated in the 28th HoriPro Talent Scout Caravan “Love Music Audition”. Out of the 34,911 contestants, she was one of the 4 finalists.
– Her debut single “Crazy Crazy Crazy” with Universal was released on 27 April 2005 under the name of May Nakabayashi. (Her given name is romanized as Mei.)
– Two other singles, “Sympathy” and “Fallin’ in or Not”, and two digital singles, “Happy” and “Blooming Flowers in the Rain” (雨に咲く花), were subsequently released under Universal.
– In 2007, she changed her stage name to May’n and has been under the label Victor Entertainment/Flying Dog since.
– May’n is derived from her real name and a play on the English word “main”; that her songs are the main theme for the audience and that she is the main singer. (Anime News Network)
– She provided the singing voice of Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier.
– She thinks, on a personal level, that singing Anison has a wider range of emotions compared to J-pop. (ibid.)
– Her debut single as May’n “Diamond Crevasse”/”Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don’t be late” for Macross Frontier was released on 8 May 2008.
– Although May’n likes her low-pitch voice, whilst working with composer Yoko Kanno (菅野 よう子) on Macross Frontier, Kanno pushed and encouraged her to sing higher, something which May’n appreciates. (Anime Diet)
– Since her childhood, she has admired artists Namie Amuro (安室 奈美恵) and Janet Jackson, amongst others, for setting their own trends and their originality. (Macross World)
– Masami Okui (奥井 雅美) is also an influence. In 2009, she collaborated with Okui for the song “Miracle Upper WL”.
– In May 2015, she cancelled the remainder of her May’n Road to 10th Anniversary Acoustic Tour 2015 “Hang jam vol.2” due to bilateral vocal cord polyps. She had problems for a “few years” but the condition worsened. (Blog)
– She received medical treatment for her condition (throat surgery) and spent a few months recovering. She worked on the song “Today with you, my voice” (君との今日、わたしの声) before surgery. (JaME)
– Her favorite anime is Sailor Moon. (Anime News Network)
– She also likes the anime The Idolmaster. (Kyodo News)
– She loves to eat and her favorite food is taiyaki. (Macross World)
– She sleeps the entire day on her days off. (Animax)
– If she weren’t a singer, she would like to be a taiyaki seller. (AnimaxAsia)
– As a singer who sings different genres, she wants others to learn different types of music through her voice. (ibid.)
– She prefers coffee over tea. (ibid.)
– In February 2018, it was announced that she would play the role of Toyo Odagiri along with Fuka Yuduki (唯月ふうか) in the stage musical adaptation of the 1952 film Ikuru (生きる). (Blog)
– In October 2018, she made her stage musical debut when Ikuru premiered. The show ran again in October and November 2020.
– “Diamond Crevasse” continues to be an important Anison to her as it is her first song as May’n. (Manga Tokyo)
– Regarding Macross Frontier and Sheryl Nome, she is “incredibly happy that it’s still popular”. (ibid.)
– Her favorite Anisons by other artists are “Beyond the Bottom” by Wake Up, Girls! and “Shine” by CINDERELLA PROJECT. (ibid.)
– As of August 2018, she has been kickboxing two or three times per week for over two years as part of her physical training. (J-Generation)
– In October 2018, she started keeping a cat named Muu-chan (むぅちゃん), a female. (Blog)
May’n – Solo Albums:
May’n Street (2009 mini album)
If You… (2011)
New World (2014)
May’n Road to 10th Anniversary Premium Concert CD “Re:May’n Act” (2015 live album)
Powers of Voice (2015 “best of” album)
Peace of Smile (2017)
Yell! (2019 mini album)
15Colors -nu skool- (2020 mini album)
15Colors -unplugged- (2020 mini album)
15Colors -soul tracks- (2020 mini album)
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(Sources: Manga Tokyo, Blog 03-Jan-2009, Anime News Network, Anime Diet, Macross World, Blog 18-May-2015, JaME, Anime News Network, Kyodo News, Animax, AnimaxAsia Part 1, AnimaxAsia Part 2, Blog 28-Feb-2018, J-Generation, Blog 17-Oct-2018.)
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