Singer Himeka Releases First Album this Month

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Canadian native sang theme songs for Valkyria Chronicles, Letter Bee, Night Raid 1931

The Canadian singer Himeka will release her first album, titled Himekanvas, on November 30 in Japan. The album will feature the songs used as the ending themes for Letter Bee and Night Raid 1931 as well as several new songs.

Sony Music Entertainment will release both a limited edition and a regular version of the album. The limited edition will include two bonus tracks as well as a bonus DVD with three music videos. The limited-edition album will retail for 3,800 yen (about US$49), and the regular edition will retail for 2,800 yen (about US$36). The regular version will come with 11 tracks.

Himeka, whose real name is Catherine St-Onge, moved to Japan in 2008 and won Animax's second annual Anison (anime song) Grand Prix that same year. The win earned her the chance to debut with an anime theme song. Jupiter Telecommunications and the Animax anime television channel run this nationwide audition to find "next generation artists" to sing anime theme songs.

Himeka went on to sing the opening theme, titled "Asu e no Kizuna," for the anime adaptation of Sega's Valkyria Chronicles video game, and followed it up with the first ending theme to Letter Bee, titled "Hatenaki Michi." Most recently, she performed the ending theme for the anime series Night Raid 1931, "Mirai e."

The singer also preformed at Montreal's OtakuThon in August 2010. It was her first trip back to her home country in more than two years.

Sources: Oricon, Sony Music

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