smallhow: why [don't I] see Toshinobu Kubota here??!!! he is great!
Toshinobu Kubota (or Toshi Kubota) is a great male singer if you're a fan of soul music. The Toshi Kubota Wikipedia article (found here), says Toshi Kubota is a pioneer of soul music in Japan. Maybe I'm terrible at searching for songs, but it's really difficult to find Toshi Kubota songs (if anyone knows where to find his stuff, please leave a comment!). I really enjoyed some of his music by watching his music videos. His soul music is relaxing and can easily compete with North American songs. Someone mentioned that his song "Masquerade" was on BET. I'm not surprised, since I can't even tell that he's Japanese from hearing his songs. I'm not a fan of his earlier work in the 80s. I think his newer work is more interesting :). Soul music is one of many genres of music I like. Naturally, I'm happy that I was recommended to a Japanese soul music singer.
His music videos are quite limited in availability, but here are some that I like:
"Masquerade" from his 2000 Album "Nothing But Your Love."
"Nothing But Your Love" from his 2000 Album "Nothing But Your Love."
"Breaking Through" from his 2000 Album "Nothing But Your Love."