May J.
May J.
R&B and pop singer, May J.

Birth Name

May Hashimoto

Record Label

Rhythm Zone / Avex


Yokohama, Japan


May Hashimoto (橋本芽生 Hashimoto Mei), better known by her stage name May J., is a R&B and pop singer from Yokohama, Japan. Born to a mother of Iranian descent and to a Japanese father, May J. made her major label debut under Sony Music Japan on July 12, 2006 with her first mini-album All My Girls.


Taken from May J. Official Website

May J. ( born June 20th, 1988) is a multi-lingual J-pop singer-songwriter and TV host who has roots in Japan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Spain and the UK. From a young age, she dreamed of becoming a singer. She took up piano, dance, voice training and opera lessons. She has done a wide range of activities from song writing to modeling for clothing brands.

At the age of 17, she debuted her singing career with her first mini album released in 2006. In 2009, she released her second album “Family” which ranked No.4 on the weekly Japanese billboard chart, “Oricon” and remained in the top 10 for two weeks, making it May J.’s highest ranked and best selling album to date. “Family” also hit the No.1 spot on the iTunes chart for weeks.

In February 2010, May J. released her 3rd album entitled “for you” which peaked at No.9 on “Oricon” charts. This put both her albums in the top 10 of the “Oricon”.

She performs at nearly a hundred different shows every year. She has performed in different countries as well, such as Taiwan, Shanghai, Korea, New York, Chicago, London, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Oman.

May J. has been the main host of NHK World’s all-English Japanese music show “J-MELO” since 2008, which has been broadcasted in more than 180 countries and regions worldwide.

Collaborations with Bentley JonesEdit

  • May J. first collaborated with Bentley, as well as Curtis Young, on the track "" from Jones' 2012 full-length English album, UPGRADE 1.0.
  • Following their collaboration on Bentley's song "", May J. and her record label Avex were so impressed by Jones' talent and style that they asked him to contribute some of it to her forthcoming album Brave. Released on 5th December, Brave includes the song "My Bass", written and arranged by Bentley and follows a similar sound and style that Ben pioneered with UPGRADE. [1]



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