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'''Ryan Stream'''is a motivational speaker, musician, soldier, and a Delta High School football coach. He does anything and everything that he possibly can to make a difference in the world. For, as he says, "I am the author of my story."
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'''bless4''' is a Japanese musical and dance group comprised of four siblings (two brothers and two sisters) of the Kawamitsu family. They are members of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]].
  
Life has not always been easy for Ryan. But, in the words of one of his all-time inspirations, Rocky Balboa, "Life is not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up."
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The oldest sibling, Akashi (born 29 January 1982), is the only one born in Okinawa, Japan. He moved with his parents, Haru and Yoshiko (Yoshi), to Utah when he was nine months old. Kanasa, the older sister, was born on 2 May 1984, in Provo, Utah. Akino (born 29 October 1991, in Provo, Utah), the younger sister, also performs as a solo artist under the name AKINO from bless4 and is best known for singing the theme songs to the Sousei no Aquarion anime series. The younger brother, Douglas Aiki (Aiki) was born on 29 October 1991, also in Provo, Utah. Like his sister, Akino, he also performs as a solo artist and has written a comic book, as well as, a novel in February 2010 titled "Heart Prints〜命の花〜" (Inochi no Hana, the flower of life), written about a friend who died from a drug overdose. He released a solo single with Akashi as the arranger to accompany his book.
  
Ryan was adopted as a young boy. Before he was adopted, he and his three brothers slept in a homeless shelter and different foster homes. In time, their little family became torn apart and they were separated from one another, each feeling helpless and alone. Eventually, they were reunited and adopted by the same family the Stream family. The Streams already had seven kids of their own. They raised Ryan and his brothers to be righteous warriors and to always put God first in their lives. However, Ryan chose a different path.
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Their family moved to Arizona for a time, and it was there that Akashi and Kanasa were Arizona State Taekwondo Champions at ages 14 and 12 respectively. In fact, the entire family was part of a Taekwondo exhibition troupe called the "Flying Dragons,"  a martial arts group they formed with friends of various nationalities they met through Taekwondo. The Flying Dragons performed at schools and community events, and occasionally their performances were televised.
  
Because of the bad decisions that he made, Ryan has had to overcome numerous obstacles, challenges, and drug addictions. He even served time in jail. He turned his life around and honorably served his country. He was deployed to Afghanistan twice and spent a total of 608 days in the country. Speaking about his experiences, he says, "Our first mission was to find bombs placed in the road and clear the routes before any convoys passed. Our second mission was to build and train the Afghanistan Army." War usually doesn’t come without its tragedies and loss of life, and during his time in Afghanistan, 23 of his comrades-in-arms were blown up by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
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In 1997, their father, Haru, took his family back to Okinawa after feeling a spiritual longing for his heritage as an Okinawan. In 1998, being inspired by performers such as the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and Britney Spears who were popular in Okinawa at the time, the four siblings picked up singing and dancing. They started performing as the Flying Dragons when playing together as a group and were also known as the Kawamitsu Family when performing with their parents.
  
Having seen war first-hand, Ryan is now on a new mission to make a difference through the music that he creates. He does not know how to read music but honestly prays to be blessed with the talent to write music. He has had the privilege of speaking at school districts, concerts, and universities. He also speaks at LDS firesides. He speaks about his life experiences and military experiences while playing music that he has composed.
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After a few years, they were scouted and moved to Tokyo, where they debuted from BMG in May 2003 with the song "Good Morning! Mr. Sunshine." In December 2006, they formed Kawamitsu Arttainment, an independent company, with Akashi as the president.
  
Ryan is a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]]. He married his wife, Elizabeth, on 3 March 2012. He baptized her and she became a member in 2016. They have a four-year-old daughter named Nixeon and are expecting another little girl soon. He is currently serving in the Utah National Guard and working full-time at a company called Materion Natural Resources. His music is available for download on iTunes (The Author of My Story) and for streaming on Spotify.
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In 2009, they contributed two songs – "Stitch Is Coming" (スティッチ・イズ・カミング Sutitchi Izu Kami ng?) and "Hitori Ja Nai" (ひとりじゃない?, "You Are Not Alone" for the Disney Animation Studios anime Stitch!, which aired on Tokyo TV and Disney Channel Japan. The song "Stitch Is Coming" served as an ending theme for its first season. They also took first place in the Celebrity A Cappella Championship and third place in the seventh Celebrity Kaeuta Ou Finals.
  
==Follow Ryan Stream on Social Media==
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In May 2010, they held their first Korean tour performing at three different places in Korea, including Seoul, which proved to be a success. In September of that same year, the group released the single "Dandelion" in Europe on the German record label Marabu Records. The song placed #1 on the Radio Berlin International Charts. On 2 February 2005, bless4 released their album ''All 4 One''. On 12 January 2011, they released their album ''Yumetsumugi'' (''Dream Weaving''). The album was self-produced with each member working as staff to bring their music video and album to life. In March 2011, their company became a limited company, and they started their record label Kawamitsu Records.
  
:*'''Follow Ryan Stream on [https://www.facebook.com/ryanandrewstream/ Facebook]'''
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The Kawamitsu Family have recorded two albums – ''His Love'' released 25 May 2006 and ''On the Wings of Love'' released December 2009. The members of bless4 now reside in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and remain followers of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]]. Akino makes all the stage costumes for the group; Kanasa writes lyrics; Akashi writes the songs, and their youngest brother, Aiki, returned home from his two-year full-time [Missionary|mission]] for the Church on 4 November 2016. The group appears in the "Meet the Mormons" film which shows exclusively in Salt Lake City, Utah, and LDS Visitors Centers.  
  
:*'''Follow Ryan Stream on [https://twitter.com/RyanStream23 Twitter]'''
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==Follow bless4 on Social Media==
  
:*'''Follow Ryan Stream on [https://www.instagram.com/ryanstream/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''bless4's [http://bless4.jp/ official website]'''
  
:*'''Follow Ryan Stream on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5SnN-yKy8p0XTMuPMcuMMA YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://www.facebook.com/bless4party/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow Ryan Stream on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/1IBJLASzb4Iwjjj0ByrCnK Spotify]'''
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:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://twitter.com/bless4_AKAA Twitter]'''
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:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/72VTyaZA8rWPxy4AfKSsrt Spotify]'''
  
 
:<span style="color:#0000FF">'''Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the [http://mormonmusic.org Mormon Music] website.</span>
 
:<span style="color:#0000FF">'''Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the [http://mormonmusic.org Mormon Music] website.</span>
  
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bless 4

bless4 is a Japanese musical and dance group comprised of four siblings (two brothers and two sisters) of the Kawamitsu family. They are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The oldest sibling, Akashi (born 29 January 1982), is the only one born in Okinawa, Japan. He moved with his parents, Haru and Yoshiko (Yoshi), to Utah when he was nine months old. Kanasa, the older sister, was born on 2 May 1984, in Provo, Utah. Akino (born 29 October 1991, in Provo, Utah), the younger sister, also performs as a solo artist under the name AKINO from bless4 and is best known for singing the theme songs to the Sousei no Aquarion anime series. The younger brother, Douglas Aiki (Aiki) was born on 29 October 1991, also in Provo, Utah. Like his sister, Akino, he also performs as a solo artist and has written a comic book, as well as, a novel in February 2010 titled "Heart Prints〜命の花〜" (Inochi no Hana, the flower of life), written about a friend who died from a drug overdose. He released a solo single with Akashi as the arranger to accompany his book.

Their family moved to Arizona for a time, and it was there that Akashi and Kanasa were Arizona State Taekwondo Champions at ages 14 and 12 respectively. In fact, the entire family was part of a Taekwondo exhibition troupe called the "Flying Dragons," a martial arts group they formed with friends of various nationalities they met through Taekwondo. The Flying Dragons performed at schools and community events, and occasionally their performances were televised.

In 1997, their father, Haru, took his family back to Okinawa after feeling a spiritual longing for his heritage as an Okinawan. In 1998, being inspired by performers such as the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and Britney Spears who were popular in Okinawa at the time, the four siblings picked up singing and dancing. They started performing as the Flying Dragons when playing together as a group and were also known as the Kawamitsu Family when performing with their parents.

After a few years, they were scouted and moved to Tokyo, where they debuted from BMG in May 2003 with the song "Good Morning! Mr. Sunshine." In December 2006, they formed Kawamitsu Arttainment, an independent company, with Akashi as the president.

In 2009, they contributed two songs – "Stitch Is Coming" (スティッチ・イズ・カミング Sutitchi Izu Kami ng?) and "Hitori Ja Nai" (ひとりじゃない?, "You Are Not Alone" for the Disney Animation Studios anime Stitch!, which aired on Tokyo TV and Disney Channel Japan. The song "Stitch Is Coming" served as an ending theme for its first season. They also took first place in the Celebrity A Cappella Championship and third place in the seventh Celebrity Kaeuta Ou Finals.

In May 2010, they held their first Korean tour performing at three different places in Korea, including Seoul, which proved to be a success. In September of that same year, the group released the single "Dandelion" in Europe on the German record label Marabu Records. The song placed #1 on the Radio Berlin International Charts. On 2 February 2005, bless4 released their album All 4 One. On 12 January 2011, they released their album Yumetsumugi (Dream Weaving). The album was self-produced with each member working as staff to bring their music video and album to life. In March 2011, their company became a limited company, and they started their record label Kawamitsu Records.

The Kawamitsu Family have recorded two albums – His Love released 25 May 2006 and On the Wings of Love released December 2009. The members of bless4 now reside in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and remain followers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Akino makes all the stage costumes for the group; Kanasa writes lyrics; Akashi writes the songs, and their youngest brother, Aiki, returned home from his two-year full-time [Missionary|mission]] for the Church on 4 November 2016. The group appears in the "Meet the Mormons" film which shows exclusively in Salt Lake City, Utah, and LDS Visitors Centers.

Follow bless4 on Social Media

Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the Mormon Music website.