Singer Mami Kawada, who has performed theme songs for various anime, visual novels, and video games, announced at the second day of LisAni! Live 2016 that she will retire from singing activities this year.
Kawada will hold her final "fan festival" on May 21, 2016, at Tokyo Dome City Hall. Singer KOTOKO, musical duo fripSide, and singer Maon Kurosaki will appear as guests at the concert.
Singer Eiko Shimamiya first discovered Kawada's vocal talents in 2001 and invited her to join the musical production group I've sound, to which Shimamiya belonged to at the time. Later that year, Kawada debuted with the song "Kaze to Kimi wo Daite," which is used as the theme song of the visual novel Miss You.
"Sora no Mori de," which is used as the ending theme song of Onegai☆Teacher (2002), was her first work associated with anime. She was signed by record label Geneon Entertainment (now NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan) in 2005 and later performed the opening theme of Shakugan no Shana, "Hishoku no Sora."
As a major label artist, Kawada has released 15 singles, five original albums, and a compilation album. Her 16th single titled "Contrail ~Kiseki~," which is used as the opening theme song for the Winter 2016 anime Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm, will be released on January 27.