A piano player since age 4, Otsuka composes and co-produces her
songs. She also writes her own lyrics. Her music ranges from upbeat
catchy pop/rock music that can be heard in tracks like Happy Days and
Sakuranbo to touching ballads like Daisuki da yo and Planetarium.
Ai's debut album LOVE PUNCH was released in March 2004 and was a huge
success, earning Otsuka nicknames such as "The New Guru of Love". Her
second single called "Sakuranbo" stayed on the Oricon charts for 101
weeks. Surprisingly, Ai's second album, LOVE JAM, was released only 8
months after her first in November 2004. It debuted at #1.
In other works, Ai has acted in the "Tokyo Friends" drama. She also
has a radio show called "Otsuka Ai ai-r Jack" and has appeared in
various CMs. Furthermore, Otsuka pens column in two Japanese
magazines; "Love Column" in Zipper and "Love World ~ Eye Love
Pictures" in B-Pass. Kimi iro Omoi, Otsuka's first photobook, was
released on March 1st, 2005.
A talented graphic artist as well, the first pressings of her albums
and some singles have included a limited edition picture book
illustrated by Ai herself. Many of her illustrations can be seen at
the Gallery section of her official website.
JAM PUNCH Tour 2005, her first tour began on April 24, 2005. It
completed in June 2005 and a Live DVD with footage will be released on
July 27, 2005. LOVE COOK, her 3rd album was released on December 14,
Otsuka Ai performed at Makuhari Messe on July 7th, 2007, for one of
Japan's two Live Earth concerts, alongside contemporaries Koda Kumi