Misia, she passed a BMG Japan audition in May 1997 and styled her hair in dreadlocks that November. Her name Misia is a combination of "Misaki" and "Asia."(other saying goes "Messiah" and/or "Asia") She debuted on February 21, 1998, with "Tsutsumikomu Youni..." which peaked at #11 on the Oricon single charts and became a long seller. Her second single, "Hi no Ataru Basho" reached #9 and was used in the soundtrack of the movie 'hood. Her first album "Mother Father Brother Sister" was released on June 24, 1998, entered the charts at #3 and reached #1 after 4 weeks. In March 1999, she won Best New Artist of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year at the Nihon Gold Disc Awards.
In 2000, one of Misia's dreams came true with the release of "I miss you ~Toki wo Koete~" with Dreams Come True, her favorite band. Masato Nakamura, the leader of DCT, created the song while Misia wrote the lyrics. The single was released on January 1, 2001. Her album "LOVE IS THE MESSAGE" includes a live version of the famous song, Lovin' You. Her single "Kokoro Hitotsu" released on August 27, 2003 and was used as the theme song to the hit movie Dragon Head.
The single "Namae no Nai Sora wo Miagete", released on July 7, 2004, was used as the theme song for the drama Tenka. "Tobikata wo Wasureta Chiisana Tori" is used as the theme song of the PlayStation 2 role-playing game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and also appears within the game as an orchestral arrangement. Also, "SEA OF DREAMS" was used as the Tokyo DisneySea 5th Anniversary theme song.
She is one of the few artists in Japan to have never performed on any TV music shows and fewer to be as popular despite this. Her live performance is acclaimed by many. She became the first female solo act that toured five major domed stadiums of Japan in 2004.
It was announced on May 1, 2007 that MISIA will be leaving avex trax to go back to her former record label, BMG Japan. The first original release on BMG Japan since 2001 was released on July 4, 2007. It is said to be a love song composed by Satoshi Shimano, who also produced her debut hit.