Kylee Saunders (born May 25, 1994), better known mononymously as Kylee, is a Japanese American singer. She is signed with Sony Music Japan's DefStar Records label.

Early life and career

Kylee was born in Chandler, Arizona, to a British-American father and Japanese mother,[2] Her father inspired her to become a singer. She has a younger sister and a younger brother. When she was eleven years old, she passed an audition to perform the national anthem at the opening of an NBA game, earning a standing ovation.[2][3] This performance earned her the interest of music producers, and she was signed onto the independent label RX-Records.[2] Kylee attended Stoller Middle School in Portland, Oregon, until 2007, when she returned to Arizona. Kylee attended Hamilton High School[4] and is expected to graduate from Stanford University in 2016.[6] Kylee is a devout follower of the Mormon Church.

On October 17, 2008, her first single, "Vacancy", was released by RX-Records in the United States as a digital single.[7] "Vacancy" was featured as the ending theme to the Sony Computer Entertainment anime series Xam'd: Lost Memories.[2] On March 24, 2010, Kylee released her first major-label single under Sony Music Japan's label DefStar Records, titled "Kimi ga Iru Kara" (キミがいるから, "Because You Are Here"), which was featured as the theme song to the 2010 film Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, a Japan-America co-production in which she also gave a cameo performance.[8][9] Her second major-label single, "Missing/It's You", was slated for release on July 7, 2010, with "Missing" being the second opening theme song to the Bones and Stan Lee anime Heroman. She also performed as one of the opening acts for the 2010 Summer Sonic Festival, playing on the Urban/Dance Stage.[10] This was followed by her single "Everlasting", which was used as the theme song for the second episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series.[11] Kylee appeared on NBC's Today in the United States on May 13, 2011, where she was interviewed by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before she performed her fourth major single "Never Give Up".[12] Kylee performed at Otakon 2011 on July 31, 2011, in Baltimore, Maryland, her US concert debut.[13] Her fifth major single, "Crazy for You", was released on October 5, 2011; the song was used in Japanese online clothing retailer Nissen's 2011 fall collection television commercial. Kylee released her debut album, 17, on November 23, 2011. She also did a duet with Sam Tsui in May 2013.


The RX-Records era (2008–2009)


Release DateTitleNotesEP
2008December 3"Vacancy"Kylee meets Xam'd: Lost Memories (DefStar Records)


Release DateTitleNotes
2009March 4Love Kicks...

The DefStar Records era (2009–)


Release DateTitleNotesAlbum
2010March 24"Kimi ga Iru Kara" (キミがいるから)


July 7"Missing / It's You"
October 27"Everlasting"
  • Theme to the second episode of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
  • B-side: "The Luckiest Girl in the World"
  • All tracks are available as downloads on USA iTunes.[14]
2011July 13"Never Give Up"
October 5"Crazy for You"500,000 downloads[15]
2012June 13"Mirai" (未来)
  • Theme song to the film シグナル~月曜日のルカ~
  • B-side: "Feel"
2013February 13"Daisukinanoni" (大好きなのに)
  • Second opening theme to the TV anime series Blast of Tempest
  • B-side: "Anywhere" (closing credits song for J-Melo, Oct–Dec 2012)[16]

Digital singles

Release DateTitleNotesAlbum
2013May 8"Just Give Me a Reason"
July 1"Crazy for You" (English version)
August 7
  • Japan-only release
  • With two English covers and one new heavy rock song, "Don't Say Goodbye"[20]
October 7"Wrecking Ball"


Release DateTitleNotes
2009July 29Kylee meets Xam'd: Lost Memories

Studio albums

Release DateTitleNotes
2011November 23 (Japan)[3][3]17Including "Unnoticed", "Yours Truly", "Brand New Wave" (feat. Orianthi) and more
2013July 1 (20 other countries)[3]

Album appearances

Release DateSongAlbumNotes
2012October 24"My Generation" (Yui cover)She Loves You (A Tribute to Yui)[3]a new recording
2013March 27"Never Give Up"女子力を磨く歌 (Girl Power Songs) (avex trax)[3]Taken from 17
August 28"One"Ivory7 Chord's second mini album, Synesthesia (magnifique)only co-writing lyrics[3]

Live performances

Covers on YouTube

Kylee started a covers project on YouTube.[4]

Release DateSongOriginal ArtistsNotes
2013May 15"Just Give Me a Reason"Pink featuring Fun's lead singer Nate Ruesswith Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider
August 26"Come & Get It"Selena Gomezvideo director: Jerry Corria
October 5"Clarity"Zedd featuring Foxes
  • video director: Daisuke Okamoto
  • producer: Troy Laureta
October 6"Wrecking Ball"Miley Cyruswith Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider
November 28"Young and Beautiful" remixLana Del Rey
  • video director: Ryusuke Okajima
  • producer & remix: Wiley Webb
  • vocal producer: Troy Laureta
  • remix & additional production: Thor Laewe
2014January 11"Story of My Life" / "Best Song Ever" mashupOne Direction
  • video director: Tadashi Tawarayama
  • cover producer: Merchants Of Venice Entertainment (M.O.V.E)
January 23"Mirrors" / "Stay" / "Holy Grail" mashupJustin Timberlake / Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko / Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake
February 4"Let It Go" from Disney's film FrozenIdina Menzel / Demi Lovato
  • video: Richard Frias
  • song producer: Troy Laureta
  • acoustic guitar: John Nott
February 10Valentine's Day Love Medley!Ne-Yo / Justin Bieber / Calvin Harris / Rihanna / Taylor Swift and morewith Chester See and Kurt Schneider


Kylee is managed in the US and Japan by Antinos Management America.