Sena Kana Makes History as "Up" Hits Gold Status

“Up” has turned out to be a fitting name for Sena Kana’s history-making debut single.

The Tokyo-born singer and multi-instrumentalist officially released “Up” last March, and since then, the song has shot up the charts, making Sena Kana the first female Japanese artist to reach Gold status since Yoko Ono.

“Up” is a piano-driven track featuring rapper, Wiz Khalifa, and Australian indie-pop band, Sheppard. With hints of pop, hip-hop, and electronica, the song finds Sena Kana breaking boundaries between styles while delivering an uplifting message. The song has amassed over 85 million streams in the U.S, while the video has over 53 million views. The song’s remix has also been climbing the Billboard dance charts.

Kana's passion for music began at an early age when she was drawn to the songs and stories in musicals like Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Despite the language barriers, she was transfixed by the stories and sounds. Inspired and invigorated, she spent her school days deeply involved in both music and the stage.

Giving others peace and joy through song was the motivation for Kana to further pursue her dreams. At a music academy, she majored in vocal music, where she studied classic fundamental music techniques and learned songs such as Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Kana continues to hone her craft by diving into new sounds and new melodies while remaining open to taking new directions. With the release of “Up,” it’s clear that she is headed in the direction that the song’s name implies.

“I just hope that my music makes each and every person listening feel a sense of warmth,” shares Kana. “I’m most energized when I know my songs are bringing people joy.”