Hanna Bunya - The Gospel Queen of Japan
Music is not bound to borders, especially soulful music touching people's hearts! Hanna Bunya has proven that the passion for love and peace can be expressed in so many varieties of ways. Hanna has been on tours in Asia, Europe, and the US; and she is called "Gospel Queen of Japan", recognized internationally by her astounding singing performances.
Born to a Christian family in Osaka, Hanna has been active in local chorus group. At the age of 16, she ventured alone to experience life in the United States. She graduated from Moorhead State University in Minnesota. At the Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washington University, she studied Security Policy, believing that "In order to create peace and establish secure world for people, it is inevitable to understand the system of war and the trauma created by such tragedy." When Hanna sings for love and peace, it is through knowledge of pain and sorrow. She speaks for broken hearts; she heals souls with her soothing voice.
Hanna initially started her career in international business field and performed as a part-time singer. In the summer of 2001, as a Japanese Gospel singer, she won a rare chance to sing the finale in NY Underground, the New York spot famous for "the gateway to the success in the music world." Since then, she has taken her professional path into the music arena.
Her debut CD "Power To Heal" (2003) caught international attention. "Mr. Swiss Country" John Brack invited her as a special guest to perform in Christmas Tour 2004 to entertain a Swiss audience on 20,000. "Amazing Grace" a cappella sung with high clear notes literally shocked and amazed an audience of 1000 at the Bischofzell Cathedral. The impressed crowd replied her with standing-ovation and endless applause.
John Brack and Hanna also joined in 2004 to produce the CD "Gospel Treasures." There, she created her own composition with her religious mind, "One Day", a song sung in both Japanese and English. Her right to the title "Gospel Queen of Japan" is proven by her crystal-clear voice and passionate performances.
With the tool of music Hanna spreads peace; she also endeavors in the fields of education. At a local university, and through public courses offered by the government, she encourages students to learn more about international relations, human rights, cultural diversity, and English communication. By any means and through the use of any instruments, Hanna is a determined character, willing to bring love, peace and happiness to whomever she contacts through her performances.