The 25-year-old Manami Nakamura has been recording for the debut album since she won the Star Bape Search Competition back in August of 2008. She outlasted a field of 1,700 hopefuls to win the Star Bape Search, an audition held by Pharrell Williams and Nigo.
The idea was to select an artist who can be a successful DIVA in Japan, Asia, and the world. The selected artist will debut from (B)APE SOUNDS®. Her debut song was an R&B love song titled “Back Of My Mind,” followed by ‘Hold Back’ both produced by The Neptunes and was released through iTunes in 23 countries. Born in Okinawa, Manami has been living in Tokyo since the age of 4. She attended dance classes but decided to take up voice training at 19, aiming to become a professional singer.