Because of his strong passion for music, he decided to be a singer since his years in High School. During his years in Music College, he participated on an ASAYAN audition. This became his turning point as he was noticed by HIRO and invited to join J Soul Brothers.
In 2004 he joined the group COLOR, however two years later, in 2006, he decided to leave. Although he left the group, he became a producer for the new line-up until July 2009, when COLOR changed their name to the current DEEP.
Besides his activities as EXILE' vocalist, he also collaborates with other artists like AI, ICONIQ and Kubota Toshinobu. On September 14, 2011, he made his solo debut as EXILE ATSUSHI with the song "Itsuka Kitto...". The song was included as the second A-side of a joint single released by EXILE and ATSUSHI, titled "Rising Sun / Itsuka Kitto...".
On August 31, he announced on EXILE's website that he would limit his Japanese activities and move his base of activities to America until 2018. He said that he desired to become a world-class vocalist, and for EXILE to become a world-class group. After consulting with the staff, HIRO, and the other EXILE members, he decided to move his base of operations to LDH's overseas in the US office until 2018. Due to this decision, EXILE would also have limited activities as a group until his return in 2018.
| "To everyone who supports EXILE and EXILE ATSUSHI:
Thanks a lot for always supporting EXILE and EXILE ATSUSHI warmly. Today, I would like to make an announcement to everyone about my activities from now on. Please read this till the end.
Carrying my dream as a vocalist, I’ve entered the 15th anniversary of EXILE since the group’s debut.
In these 15 years, really a lot has happened. Up till now, there have been countless wonderful songs and encounters. Having been able to sing with all my heart, I am filled with emotions of thanks, deep virtues, miracles and blessings.
Of course, all these, since our debut, have happened thanks to the continuous support from many fans who stand by me all the time.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Thank you very much.
Ever since I started to become a vocalist, my passion for singing has never faded. I have always been thinking how I could evolve as a vocalist. I wondered, for my fans who have been looking forward to my singing, how my singing would be of use to them even just for a little bit.
Up till now, I have been working hard as the vocalist of EXILE, or as an individual lyricist, song composer or producer of various songs.
What’s more, I’ve collaborated with esteemed artists, pursued solo activities and organized my solo dome tour this year. All these opportunities have really allowed me to gain important experiences.
The original members, HIRO, MATSU, ÜSA and MAKIDAI, who founded EXILE together with me 15 years ago, have all retired from front-stage performance. As the only remaining original member, my thought of improving myself to contribute more to EXILE and to bring the group to achieve higher goals has grown more intense.
While EXILE is about to enter its 15th anniversary, what the group, and myself, should do to go a stage further… this is what I have been pondering in these few years.
EXILE nowadays consists of members who are concurrently working for other groups as well. We have somehow become an all-star corps. As the vocalist of such a group, every day, I feel like I should bring the group to a higher level.
The music of EXILE originated from R&B and dance music in America. For all fans in Japan, we have been trying to create a form of music that is easier to listen to. Furthermore, we have incorporated the unique Japanese elements of “the soul” and “the heart” to create a new genre of music. This has been the challenge for us.
During my activities, I have had the opportunities to work with great musicians from around the world. As a vocalist, I have decided to pursue further studies about music.
Up till now, I have been delivering my best to you all in Japan. I now seek to ascend to the next stage, by putting myself in adversity and going back to basics, to learn English and to equip myself with performing and singing skills of world-class level so as to become a world-class vocalist. I believe this is essential for making EXILE a world-class artist-group.
Therefore, I discussed with HIRO, EXILE members and staff and decided to temporarily migrate the base of my own activities overseas.
But then I think some of you may feel uneasy about my focusing on overseas activities. To help get rid of the distance of me being abroad, we would update all fans any time with my latest activities through the fan club, mobile, Shuukan EXILE, EXILE Magazine and other media like Facebook.
However, to migrate the base of my activities overseas would mean a limit to my physical presence in Japan for a while. This does not only apply to my activities as EXILE ATSUSHI, but also EXILE activities. Therefore, we would not be able to give performances as EXILE for a while. We are very sorry to all the fans who have been supporting us all the time.
The migration of the base of activities is only temporary. Hereby, I promise to show you all the evolved EXILE ATSUSHI, and the performance of the evolved EXILE!
And that would be in the year 2018.
In the EXILE live tour “AMAZING WORLD” in 2015, I felt that the live entertainment of EXILE had reached its peak. To surpass the peak and create even greater EXILE entertainment, we have been preparing for this temporary shifting of activity base abroad.
All we want is to continue to create EXILE entertainment that everyone would enjoy and find amazing.
Even though this might be a selfish hope, I wish you could understand this decision and look forward to the evolved EXILE and EXILE ATSUSHI. I would be glad that if you could wait a little while until the year 2018.
Finally, there is something I have felt anew recently.
That is the possibility of how infinitely entertainment could go in the realm of the world.
This decision, for myself, is a huge one. But why could I make such a decision?That is because I have worked with several foreign artists and from our collaboration, I have felt “possibility”.
Spreading this “possibility” and further developing it may perhaps connect countries to one another.
For me, if I could speak the languages of different countries, I might understand their people better…
I have always felt such a limitless “potential” in this.
And so, in order not to end the possibility of this “if...”, I have made up my mind.
A miracle has happened.
And right in front of my eyes, it starts to occur.
To me, in the world I see and the way I see things, I can dream endlessly and chase whichever dreams wherever I am.
This is the best thing about chasing “dreams”. This is what I have finally realized.
But of course, the prerequisite is the presence of every one of you who have been supporting me.
That’s why, from now on, without being satisfied with the status quo, instead of being the “ATSUSHI who doesn’t change”, I wholeheartedly want to become the “new, constantly growing ATSUSHI”.
Always and ever, for all who have been there giving us their warmest support, I decide to work hard with all my efforts.
I hereby swear to become a singer who nourishes everyone’s heart. And I sincerely hope for your understanding.
To everyone, thank you very much, always.
- [2019.04.30] TRADITIONAL BEST
- [2011.09.14] Itsuka Kitto... (いつかきっと…; Surely Someday...)
- [2011.11.23] Ooo Baby
- [2012.12.05] MELROSE ~Aisanai Yakusoku~ (MELROSE ~愛さない約束~; Promise Not to Love)
- [2013.08.21] Michishirube (道しるべ; Signpost)
- [2014.02.19] Aoi Ryuu (青い龍; Blue Dragon)
- [2014.10.29] Precious Love
- [2015.02.04] Sakura no Kisetsu (桜の季節; Season of Cherry Blossoms)
- [2016.07.06] Beautiful Gorgeous Love
- [2018.04.11] Just The Way You Are
- [2018.11.28] Suddenly
- [2009.12.09] ICONIQ x EXILE ATSUSHI - I'm lovin' you
- [2013.05.01] Soredemo, Ikite Yuku (それでも、生きてゆ; Still, Life Goes On) (EXILE ATSUSHI & Tsujii Nobuyuki)
- [2013.10.16] Zange (懺悔; Confession) (EXILE ATSUSHI & Hisaishi Joe)
- [2014.02.26] Hane 1/2 (羽1/2) (Kiyokiba Shunsuke & EXILE ATSUSHI)
- [2015.09.09] Be Brave (EXILE ATSUSHI + AI)
- [2016.03.03] No more (EXILE ATSUSHI + AI)
- [2012.03.30] Furusato (ふるさと; Home)
- [2017.04.09] Ningen no Shoumei no Theme (人間の証明のテーマ) (EXILE ATSUSHI + Char)
- [2019.10.10] BOUNCE ON IT!!
- [2010.03.24] EXH SPECIAL EXILE ATSUSHI PREMIUM LIVE SOLO
- [2011.05.11] EXILE ATSUSHI Premium Live ~The Roots~
- [2013.04.03] EXILE ATSUSHI Premium Live ~Inochi wo Utau~
- [2014.10.29] EXILE ATSUSHI LIVE TOUR 2014 "Music"
- [2017.02.15] EXILE ATSUSHI LIVE TOUR 2016 "IT'S SHOW TIME!!"
Compilations / Other
- [2004.02.25] SOUL TREE ~a musical tribute to toshinobu kubota (#5 Cymbals (ATSUSHI from EXILE))
- [2006.10.25] Boyz II Men - The Remedy (Japanese Ed.) (#13 Muzak feat. ATSUSHI (EXILE))
- [2007.04.25] COLOR - Namida ga Ochinai You ni (#2 Lost Moments ~Okiwasureta Jikan~ feat. ATSUSHI)
- [2008.01.23] COLOR - BLUE ~Tears from the sky~ (CD #7 Since You Went Away feat. ATSUSHI, DVD #5 Lost Moments ~Okiwasureta Jikan~ feat. ATSUSHI (from EXILE LIVE TOUR 2007 EXILE EVOLUTION-SUMMER TIME LOVE-2007.8.5))
- [2008.07.23] EXILE - EXILE ENTERTAINMENT BEST (#15 So Special -Version EX- (EXILE ATSUSHI x AI))
- [2008.09.10] AI - Okuribito / So Special -Version AI- (#2 So Special -Version AI- (AI x EXILE ATSUSHI))
- [2008.11.26] TOKU - Love Again (#4 Again duet with EXILE ATSUSHI)
- [2010.03.10] ICONIQ - CHANGE MYSELF (CD #2 I'm lovin' you / ICONIQ × EXILE ATSUSHI, DVD #1 I'm lovin' you / ICONIQ × EXILE ATSUSHI)
- [2011.08.03] Kubota Toshinobu - Gold Skool (CD #6 Golden Smile feat. EXILE ATSUSHI, DVD #3 Golden Smile feat. EXILE ATSUSHI (Recording Document Full ver.))
- [2011.10.12] Boyz II Men - TWENTY (Japanese Ed.) (#13 End of The Day feat. EXILE ATSUSHI)
- [2012.11.07] Lee Keiko - Lee Keiko Sings Super Standards 2 (#2 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes featuring EXILE ATSUSHI)
- [2014.12.10] Kiyokiba Shunsuke - Utai-ya REMIXES Vol. 1 (#8 Hane 1/2 (Kinder Bay Laurel REMIX) (Shunsuke Kiyokiba & EXILE ATSUSHI))
Other Video Releases
- [2011.12.14] AI - "Densetsu Night" at Nippon Budokan with Cho Special Guest Ozei!!!|"Densetsu NIGHT" at Nippon Budokan with Cho SPECIAL GUEST Ozei!!! (#19 So Special -Version AI- (AI + EXILE ATSUSHI))
- [2011.11.16] Sano Kenji - Culture Chameleon (#2 WHAT’S GOING ON)
- [2002.02.06] Nakashima Mika - CRESCENT MOON (#2 DESTINY'S LOTUS)
- [2006.04.12] NESMITH - Tsuishin (#2 Brand-new day)
- He is known for wearing sunglasses as a trademark of his image, which he began to do after complaining the bright lights on television sets. He is also known for his buzz cut-style hair style, a style he has kept since 2003.
- He managed to hit an F5 after the third chorus of "Believe in Yourself", one of the songs from EXILE's tenth studio album 19 -Road to AMAZING WORLD-. This was his highest note in the history of EXILE's recordings.
Youngest Member of EXILE
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