Pronounced "Juh-nay Ahh-ee-ko," the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter blends alternative R&B, neo-soul, hip hop and pop with her ethereal vocal style. She is one of the most popular and versatile voices in contemporary American music.
Known for her evocative lyrics and gentle, pop-tinged voice, Aiko's songwriting and performance have been compared to that of Sade. Her songs are often rooted in personal stories of tragedy and spiritual awakening.
Her musical career began at a young age when she joined her older sisters Miyoko and Jamila in the R&B group Gyrl. They toured with Immature and were signed to MCA/Silas Records. She then moved to Epic Records, where she worked with producer Chris Stokes.
She has released numerous hits including 'Sail Out,' 'The Worst,' 'Uh Huh,' 'Why I Love You,' and 'Tease.' She has also contributed vocals to the soundtracks of Barbershop, Master of Disguise and You Got Served.
In addition to her musical talent, Aiko has a passion for social justice. She created the 'Ways Foundation' to instill hope into the lives of those in need, especially children. On Christmas Eve in 2017, she donated $15,000 to a five-year-old girl in Eagle Rock, CA, who is battling leukemia.
She also dedicates her music to her brother Miyagi, who passed away from cancer at an early age. Her music aims to help others, like Miyagi, find peace. In her songs, she uses Buddhist teachings to teach her listeners that there is no end to life. She believes that her brother's soul will live on forever.