SUMIRE (July 15, 1990 –)
Actress, singer, and model Sumire was born in Tokyo and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has released 4 singles, performed in multiple English and Japanese stage, TV, and film productions, and served as spokesperson for several international brands.
The child of famous entertainers Junichi Ishida and Chiaki Matsubara, Sumire made her modeling debut at the age of 16 while she was still a high school student at Hawaii's distinguished Punahou preparatory school, modeling in campaigns for Coca Cola, Shiseido, JAL, and Uniqlo.
In 2009, she entered the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, but took a leave of absence in the middle of her studies to start her career in Japan.
Because of her distinctive voice and excellent English singing ability, she was chosen to collaborate with famed classical crossover group Il Divo for their hit album Wicked Game, which reached the Top 10 on the US Billboard charts in 2011.
In 2012, Sumire demonstrated her stage talents when she was cast as Cha Cha, the historical Japanese princess in the traditional play, Goemon, opposite renowned actor Taichi Saotome, and lead roles in musicals such as A Tale of Two Cities, Anything Goes, and tick, tick... BOOM! starring Koji Yamamoto. Her success with audiences led to her invitation by MaxMara, one of Italy's largest fashion houses, to attend the "Women in Film Awards 2012" in Los Angeles as the Japanese Actress Representative.
In 2013, she released her first single "Season in the Sun" (1.9M views on YouTube), followed by her second single "Tasogare no Begin". In 2014, Sumire held her first live concert at Yamaha Hall and released her third single "Flower of Love", for which she composed her own lyrics. That same year, she debuted on American television as a guest star on the CBS television drama Hawaii Five-0 and released her fourth single " Promise ～forever～", singing in both English and Japanese.
Sumire continues to appear regularly on Japanese television, and in 2015, she received the Rising Star Award from the Asian World Film Festival. In 2017, she performed a major supporting role in the Hollywood film The Shack starring Sam Worthington.
"I want to build a bridge between American and Japanese entertainment," says Sumire. "I think that every country has something to teach and share with the others, both artistically and educationally.”
On November 7, 2018, Sumire returns to music with Croix music label Sugar Candy for her new single – the sultry dance track "I know only you". The CD will be available early for the first time anywhere at Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) on October 22-23 in Tokyo, Japan.