Lisa Ono is one of my favorite Japanese singers. Actually, to be more accurate, she’s my favorite Japanese-Brazilian singer. Born in Brazil in 1962, she began singing at age 15, and made her professional debut as a Bossa Nova singer in 1989. In 1999, she imported the Brazilian sound to Japan and sold more than 200,000 copies of her “Dream” album. As a result, she popularized Bossa Nova in Japan virtually overnight.
In the video above, she sings a great jazz standard, “Fly Me to the Moon,” written by Bart Howard in 1954.