Born in Osaka, Japan, Kay began her professional singing and songwriting career after graduating high school. She developed her vocal skills by sharing many live performances and recording sessions with some of Japan's most accomplished artists, including Yuming (Yumi Matsutoya), the best selling female singer/songwriter in Japan.
In 1991 Kay debuted as a member of the pop group Delta, releasing four CD singles and an album on Mercury Records (Universal Music Entertainment Group). Delta's songs were featured on every major Japanese television network.
In 1999 Kay teamed with Delta's guitarist Neo to form the duo FAKiE. They released three CDs in Japan, earning high praise from music fans -- including jazz listeners and audiophiles -- for their breathtaking performances and the CD's high quality sound. Each album's release was followed by successful tours throughout Japan, from jazz clubs to major concert halls and convention centers.
In August 2006 FAKiE performed at "Imperial Jazz Complex" at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. They rode the momentum of that performance into a nationwide tour, which commenced in November. The tour included stops in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka, as well as dozens of appearances on national radio programs and TV shows.
In 2007 Kay was awarded a prestigious Artists' Grant from the Japanese Government, enabling her to move to New York City to further develop and share her talent with other musicians. She was also offered a coveted endorsement from professional audio equipment manufacturer Electro-Voice. In 2008 the duo changed its name to K&Neo.
Kay's captivating vocals interlace seamlessly with Neo's nylon-string guitar. Her voice - at times soft and mellow but often exuding great power - is blessed with an impressive wide range and crystalline tone.
Kay quickly began making a name for herself following a guest performance at New York City's Birdland, followed by her successful solo New York debut at the Kitano New York Jazz Room in November 2009. In May 2010, she held a special Birthday Concert at the same location and took the audience by storm. There was also a full-scale dinner show as K&Neo in the Kitano's Garden Cafe in September, an appearance at Nublu and the regular sold-out concerts at Zinc Bar including “2011 Valentine’s Celebration” and many appearances at Benefit Concerts for Japan’s Earthquake/Tsunami relief.
In April, K&Neo's version of "Summertime" -- released on their CD Timeless -- was featured in UNIQLO Clothing's International TV Advertising campaign.
In June, she appeared as a guest soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble at the United Nations. In July, Kay recorded with two-time Grammy award nominee saxophonist Adam Kolker, and performed as a guest vocalist on his subsequent European Tour. In September, she made her acting debut in the Off-Broadway play entitled “It’s a Hardbop Life.”
This past February and March, Kay briefly returned to Japan for a hugely successful K & Neo concert tour. In June, Kay returned to the Zinc Bar for her first solo concert in 2 years, performing her original compositions to another sold-out audience. In July Kay performed at the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, directed by Broadway Music supervisor/conductor Patrick Vaccariello. She is currently preparing for her next acting project, an independent film entitled “The Center of the Universe,” scheduled for release Spring 2014.
* Got these review on "Nature Boy" from ADAM KOLKER's "Reflections" SUNNYSIDE RECORDS
It is vocalist, Kay Matsukawa and Kolker who turn the classic Eden Abhez chart into a truly gorgeous mystery kept alive by her magical voice and playing that is both majestic and memorable.
- RAUL D'GAMA ROSE -all about jazz
She maneuvers the peaks and valleys and hesitations of this song and brings you deeply into the story.