Rina Sawayama (born 16 August 1990 in Niigata, Japan) is a Japanese-British London-based singer, songwriter, producer and model. Born and raised in Japan until moving to the UK at the age of 5, Rina would go on to study politics at Cambridge University. At university, she decided to pursue both modeling and her love for singing. She would go on to experiment in a hip hop group before deciding to pursue her interest in r&b and pop music.
Rina began collaborating with London-based producer Hoost and released her debut single “Sleeping In Waking” in 2013. In 2016, she was included in The Fader's 13 Artists You Need To Know About In 2017. Her debut EP RINA was released in 2017.
In 2018, she released the new single ‘Valentine’ on Valentine’s Day. The music video for album track ‘Ordinary Superstar’ was released in June 2018. In August 2018, Sawayama released the track "Cherry", in which she explores her sexual identity. Sawayama is embarked on her ‘Ordinary Superstar’ tour across the UK and America in late 2018.
Many of Sawayama’s tracks are co-written and produced by Clarence Clarity.