Bursting onto the J-pop scene in 2007, Thelma Aoyama flipped her stunning appearance, her vocal teaching, and her desire for American R&B (she spent a year or two living in LA) right into a successful job by collaborating with Japanese R&B singer SoulJa within the strike sole “Koko Ni Iru Yo,” striking the Oricon graphs heavily. With three-quarters Japanese and one-quarter Trinidadian history, Aoyama’s trademark moving vocals provide as a solid counterpoint towards the rap-influenced vocals of all man Japanese R&B performers. Taking advantage of the achievement of “Koko Ni Iru Yo,” the follow-up cooperation “Soba Ni Iru Ne” presented Aoyama’s vocals even more prominently plus a past due-’90s/early-2000s design. The solitary debuted at number 3 within the Oricon graphs and quickly relocated to the very best slot. Her 1st full-length album, Journal, debuted at number 3 in March 2008.