If you haven’t yet heard of Sena Kana, you’re about to. And, not just because she’s an incredibly talented performer. Sena Kana also has an inspiring message. The Tokyo-born songstress is fiercely dedicated to encouraging others to go after their dreams.

Kana recently achieved her dream when she released her first single, “Up,” a catchy collaboration with rapper, Wiz Khalifa, and Australian indie pop band, Sheppard.

Produced by Lindsey Jackson with Katalyst, “Up” premiered in March exclusively through Billboard. The music video, which focuses on Sena and Wiz Khalifa, has already amassed well over four million views.

Kana’s passion for music began at an early age, when she was drawn to the songs and stories in musicals like Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. By the time she was in high school, she had played the lead role in several different plays.

Giving others peace and joy through song was motivation for her to further pursue her dreams. After high school, Kana was accepted to one of Japan’s most prestigious music academies, where she learned classic fundamental music techniques. Kana excelled when she played Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Marriage of Figaro” during class.

Kana continues to hone her craft by diving into new sounds and new melodies, while remaining open to taking new directions.


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Sena Kana – Up ft. Wiz Khalifa & Sheppard