World Connecting Japanese Singer, Ayumi Ueda, and Her Vision

By Juri Love 

ayumi-ueda-photo-2-2“I would like to enjoy my life to the fullest, be grateful and happy with what I have at this moment.”

Ayumi Ueda, originally from Tokyo came to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2007 and founded “Women of the World” (WOW)  which won 2017 International Championship of A Cappella Open Champions, 2014 Harmony Sweepstakes National champions.

WOW has toured North America and Asia serving as cultural ambassadors of peace and unity through music and has performed venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theater and has collaborated with the United Nations and others. WOW has brought together over 200 women from all over the globe believing in their music, in their bond as a family of artists, and in peace.

“I am more a visionary and making sure that we all stay true to the mission which is to spread the message of love and peace through music.”

Ueda not only performs as a world-class singer but also plays the role of a business manager, musical director, and social media/marketing planner.

WOW brought her tremendous opportunity of connecting younger generations to share their knowledge and experiences, also being able to travel all over the place and enjoy local food, seeing beautiful nature, learning about different cultures which have been an amazing experience.

“Before I do anything, making sure to bring my best and highest self through whatever I do, either speaking, teaching, working, singing. I really care about what kind of energy I am bringing to the community and to the world,” says Ueda who is also a sound healer.

WOW was formed to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common platform to collaborate and create through the sharing of music, to explore and celebrate the differences in ideologies and cultural tenets that exist in the daily lives of women all over the world.

Ueda joined forces with like-minded vocalists, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, Annette Philip from India, Débòrah Pierre from USA/Haiti to manifest this vision.

WOW has performed in 31 languages which in many ways, the ensemble is a microcosm of the world.

“When I was 8 years old, I watched one of the most haunting movies about the tragedy of World War II called ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ by Studio Ghibli, which made a huge impact on my perspective about war,” said Ueda.

“Many might say I’m too idealistic, but imagine you have friends in every country and continent. It would be impossible to drop a bomb where your dear friends and their loved ones live,” says Ueda who believes music can shift people’s energy, move people and inspire people to take an action, and can affect many and is the best tool to unite people’s heart and connect people beyond race, religion, country or language barrier and bring world peace.

Not only busy touring and performing with WOW, Ueda recently launched “100 Voices, 1 Heart” project with the vision to deliver hope for peace.

“My goal is to create a platform through the creation of the 100 Voices, 1 Heart choir with singers from 100 different countries by 2020, in which the participants can connect with one another through song, beyond the boundaries of country, culture, and language, ultimately using positive energy from this experience to continue delivering the message of peace outside of this platform, to the world.”

Impressibly Ueda has raised over $17,770 through crowdfunding in a matter of 33 days to accomplish her new vision.

As an effective leader Ueda shares it is important to have a clear intention, the courage to take a risk, both trust the team members as well as having a trust from team members, having a flexibility, kindness, and respect towards team members.

Ueda measures her success as feeling content and confident about where you at and what you do, and being able to fully accept yourself and love yourself.

“Success is not a thing, it’s a state of being,” states Ueda who describes tolls of success are anything that helps you being who you are and being able to build your self-confidence and happiness.  Her personal tools are doing meditation, working out steadily, and writing a journal.

“Love with love and gratitude.” ayumi-ueda-photo-1-1

Ueda gained trust and faith in life.

“More I count on my blessings and being grateful for anything I have at this moment and be content and happy, somehow I get to receive more opportunities and prosperity, which is so interesting and amazing!” says the visionary singer who wants to perform and travel all around the world and meet local people to learn their songs, food, and cultures.
To learn more about Ayumi Ueda, visit her website: almavoice.com