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Tomoko Kawase (川瀬智子, Kawase Tomoko, born February 6, 1975) is a Japanese female singer and vocalist of the rock/pop group The Brilliant Green. As a solo artist, she has released music under the alter-ego pseudonyms Tommy february6 and later as Tommy heavenly6.

Due to her marriage to Shunsaku Okuda, her legal name changed to Tomoko Okuda (奥田智子). However, she is still credited under Kawase Tomoko.

The Brilliant Green
Kawase is the lead vocalist and lyricist of the Japanese Pop rock band The Brilliant Green. She was asked to join the band in 1995 after bassist Shunsaku Okuda and guitarist Ryo Matsui heard her sing in an amateur talent contest. As the band's lyricist (as well as in her solo career) she sings and writes songs in both Japanese and English.

Following the release of their 2002 album "The Winter Album", and the subsequent tour, The Brilliant Green disappeared, and during this time on November 22, 2003 Kawase announced her marriage to fellow band mate, bassist Shunsaku Okuda.

On June 1, 2007, it was announced that after 5 years of inactivity, The Brilliant Green would be returning with a new single to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The song, titled "Stand By Me" is the ending theme for the new series of TV drama, "Tantei Gakuen Q," which began on July 3, 2007. The comeback began in earnest on August 22, 2007, and continued with a new single, "Enemy" released on December 12, 2007. The band has provided the opening theme to the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00 with the song "Ash Like Snow", released on February 6, as well as the second opening theme to the anime Soul Eater with the song "Papermoon".

The band has since moved to Warner Music Japan and released a fifth studio album titled BLACKOUT.

Solo career
Tommy february6
In 2001, Tomoko launched her solo career under the name of Tommy february6, a character named from a combination of her nickname and birth date. Vastly different from the Pop Rock sound of The Brilliant Green, Tommy february6's persona and sound are inspired by and derived from British and American 1980s synth-heavy pop, including a cover of Strawberry Switchblade's 'Since Yesterday'.

Her eponymous debut album was released on the day of her 27th birthday. She continued to release music as Tommy february6, starting with the single Everyday at the Bus Stop, followed by Bloomin'! (a song that was also used in a commercial for cosmetic company, Shiseido)before releasing her eponymous debut album Tommy February6. She continued to release a string of singles that led to her sophomore album Tommy Airline. On the day she released her single Love is Forever, she also released her debut single as Tommy Heavenly6 Wait Till I Can Dream. After Tommy Airline, she continued to release singles that were later found on her best-of album. She also has a single called 'Lonely in Gorgeous', it's the opening song of the anime Paradise Kiss and L-O-V-E-L-Y yume miru boy which was used on Pokemon's 7th film. A girl group was also debuted based on tommy february6 named tommy angels.

The tommy february6 persona also released a tommy february6 blythe doll (by Hasbro) and introduced her latest persona tommy heavenly6.

Kawase's original intention with Tommy february6 was to create a character who was far from innocent, though cute in both sound and appearance; Tommy february6 was designed to be someone who was true to her feelings despite the cutesy nature of her outward character, do as she wanted (and as such, Tommy february6 is seen repeatedly in music videos drinking alcohol from flasks, bars, etc.) Unfortunately, the original concept started to disappoint her, and Kawase began to feel that the character could no longer maintain its purity. But, Tommy still kept the tommy february6 persona through cameos on tommy heavenly6's music videos, like "Lollipop Cand BAD Girl", "I LOVE X-MAS" and "PAPERMOON"

In 2008 Tommy february6 was featured on a compilation album covering "All Through the Night" by Cyndi Lauper.

However, in 2009, Tommy february6 came back with the song Strawberry Cream Soda Pop. After that no singles have been released by Tommy february6 but Tommy heavenly6's song "Wait for me there" and "Leaving You" had 2 versions and each version the singer was replaced by Tommy february6 instead of Tommy heavenly6.

The Bloomin' CM for Shiseido released two versions, Misaki Ito was the endorser for the official version for Bloomin' Shiseido Commercial while tommy february6 was the one in the Bloomin' promotional CM.

In December 2010 Kawase announced a third studio album from Tommy february6 to be released in 2011.[4]

Tommy heavenly6
After a performance as Tommy february6 in 2003, Kawase took off her glasses and donned a much more alternative look to create Tommy heavenly6, a brand new character with a modern rock sound that takes influences from punk acts. Kawase would later explain that Tommy heavenly6 was born from a dream that Tommy february6 had, in which she embraces all the elements of her personality she had previously been repressing.

Kawase claims that the invention of Tommy heavenly6 occurred due of her disappointment in Tommy february6's character, but far from being a replacement, Kawase chose to keep the two characters' careers separate. During 2003 and 2004, Tommy heavenly6 released only two singles ("Wait Till I Can Dream" and Hey My Friend) whilst Tommy february6 went on to release her second full album. It would be in August 2005 (nearly two years after her first single) that Tommy Heavenly6 would finally release her third single Ready?, which was shortly followed by her own long awaited eponymous debut album.

In 2006 and 2007 Tommy heavenly6 had a very busy period, releasing five new singles which led to her sophomore album Heavy Starry Heavenly. She finished this productive phase with the Heavy Starry Tour, four live performances as Tommy heavenly6 during March 2007. She incorporated most of her songs into this live format, which lasted for an hour and a half, complete with her now regular backing band, and even her band mates from The Brilliant Green made guest appearances for some songs.

On February 25, 2009, Kawase released two best-of albums under both the Tommy aliases, Strawberry Cream Soda Pop Daydream (as February6) and Gothic Melting Ice Cream's Darkness Nightmare (as heavenly6). Both albums collected the Tommy singles and certain album tracks, as well as having a new track each.

In April 2009, Tommy Heavenly6 released a new concept album, titled I Kill My Heart, which was composed mostly by Shunsaku Okuda. Two of the promotional songs for her third album was accompanied by music videos that had two versions each—one as Tommy Heavenly6 and one as Tommy February6.

In May 2010, the song " I'M YOUR DEVIL " was used in a CM for MODE, in which there are two versions of the CM was released. The song is set for a Christmas release date.

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