About Rayko

About Rayko

 

Rayko is a Tokyo-born, Los Angeles-based, bilingual vocalist, composer, multi- instrumentalist, SAG/AFTRA actress, who fronts a Symphonic Rock band, Lolita Dark.

Besides her singing and acting career, she has been hosting her multi-cultural entertainment event called Tokyo Status as the bilingual Emcee, along with the CEO of Ronin Expo Danny Gonzales, since 2013.

Rayko also recently was granted a certification by the 16th Grand Master of Urasenke Iemoto, as the assistant teacher level of Japanese Urasenke Tea Ceremony –
茶道裏千家– . Rayko continues to host Urasenke Japanese Tea Ceremony events throughout the USA, as both the Hantou to her mother, the Associate Professor of Urasenke Tea Ceremony Sokei Takahashi, and as the bilingual Emcee of all events.

 

 

Her Recent Work

  • Vocal work on an up-and-coming Disney project
  • Vocalist/Actress on a season (10 episodes) of a TV-series airing in spring 2020
  • Composer/Vocalist/Performer on music for an Amazon Prime 3-time Emmy-Winning hit series “The Man in The High Castle” (S01E02 “Until We Meet Again” & S02E03 “Sumidagawa”)
  • Vocalist/Performer at the Opening Gala of “Every Living Things: Animals in Japanese Art” exhibit at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
  • Vocalist/Performer/Producer on “Gratitude”, a meditation video series available on Amazon Alexa device
  • Co-Host on “Stay Alive”, the Suicide Prevention Documentary Film with Dr. OZ HealthCorp award winner Dr. Mark Goulston, and Composer/Vocalist/Performer of the theme song “Stay Alive”
  • Vocalist/Guitarist for Anime Expo 2019 Opening and Closing Ceremony

 

Music Career

Her life in music started at 4-years-old when she composed her very first full-length pop song about her mother. Her library now consists with hundreds of published and ready-to-be-published songs. The versatilities in her writing ranges from ABBA to ZAPPA.

Growing up in Japanese pop culture Rayko was constantly influenced by diverse genres of music. Rayko’s sister was heavily into European and American Rock, Pop, and Classical music, and throughout her childhood their parents held monthly, in-home, Jazz concerts. Early on, Rayko realized music was her calling, and moved to the United States in her early teen years, to pursue her dream.

After picking up some modeling and acting jobs, Rayko was able to make her very first States-side demo. She then walked up and down Melrose Avenue and stopped by every college campus in Los Angeles and Orange County to promote her music and build her current fan base.

For several years Rayko took vocal lessons in Opera from Ron Anderson, and Metal from Brian Williams of MI. Rayko learned to use her voice as her main instrument, and she is one of the very few female vocalists who possesses the vocal technique of Pop, metal, death metal, opera, classical, jazz, and even cross over country. Rayko plays piano, guitar, and some drums, and is currently learning Koto and electric violin, to further expand herself as a musician.

Lolita Dark: Website | Facebook | Instagram @LolitaDarkMusic | SoundCloud


Suicide Prevention

In recent years Rayko became a strong advocate for suicide prevention. Rayko and her co- writer Frank Kilpatrick decided to team up with a Suicide Specialist Dr. Mark Goulston from UCLA, and suicide survivor Kevin Hines, to produce the multi award winning documentary video “Stay Alive” (now available on Amazon Prime Video).

Rayko is working hard to reach out to her beloved community of Anime and Gaming, to help save one despaired soul at a time.