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'''Yahosh Bonner''' comes from an accomplished musical heritage and so he has been surrounded by music ever since he was a child. His mother, Debra Bonner, is an icon in the music industry and passed her love of music on to her 8 children. She is one of America’s Leading Voice Teachers with over 20 years of experience backed by a Masters of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a well-known vocal coach and has guided the voices of ''American Idol'' finalists. She is also a recording artist of various genres including Pop, Gospel, Broadway, Country, Classical, R&B, and Jazz, and has shared her gift as a talented singer performing in several countries. She has also been a guest soloist with the world-famous [[Mormon Tabernacle Choir|Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square]].
  
'''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]].
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Yahosh is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has lived in Arizona, Florida, New York City, Colorado, and Nebraska. He attended and graduated from, Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona. He is a member of the graduating class of 2004 of Choate Rosemary Hall, a highly selective, private college-preparatory boarding school located in Wallingford, Connecticut. He attended the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colorado, from 2008 to 2010 where he majored in Communication Studies, with a minor in Sociology. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Communication.
  
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.
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He is also passionate about the game of basketball, and while a student at Southern Utah University (SUU), located in Cedar City, Utah, from June 2013 to June 2014, he was the Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator, as well as, Assistant Coach. He graduated from SUU with a Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree.
  
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.
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In May 2014, he moved to Spanish Fork, Utah. He was the Head Boys Basketball Coach at American Leadership Academy which is a charter high school in Spanish Fork, Utah. He held the position since June 2014. On his Linkedin profile, he states, "I am passionate about the game of basketball. I have played at a high level and also coached at the university level. Now I have the opportunity to give back and share my knowledge with young men at the high school level."
  
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.
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Yahosh’s love of music is deeply rooted in his love for the gospel. He states, "I look forward to sharing the gift of music that God has given me to bring the spirit into every performance." He is an active member of the Unity Gospel Choir under the direction of his mother, Debra Bonner, and he is also a member of Saints Unified Voices, a choir which is led by [[Gladys Knight]].
  
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.
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He has performed with such artists as [[Alex Boye|Alex Boyé]], [[James the Mormon|JTM]], Mauli B, and Oyoyo Joi. He enjoys creating remakes of popular songs, adding a little of his own flair, style, and emotion to the songs that he performs. Although he is a pronounced Hip Hop and R&B vocalist, he says that his heart will always be rooted in Gospel music.
  
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.
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Yahosh has been married since 13 June 2009 to Vanessa Bonner. He is also a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]].
  
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.
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==Follow Yahosh Bonner on Social Media==
  
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.  
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:*'''Follow Yahosh Bonner on [https://www.facebook.com/yahosh.bonner Facebook]'''
  
==Follow bless4 on Social Media==
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:*'''Follow Yahosh Bonner on [https://twitter.com/yahoshb Twitter]'''
  
:*'''bless4's [http://bless4.jp/ official website]'''
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:*'''Follow Yahosh Bonner on [https://www.linkedin.com/in/yahosh-bonner-4b5a5698/ Linkedin]'''
  
:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://www.facebook.com/bless4party/ Facebook]'''
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:*'''Follow Yahosh Bonner on [https://www.instagram.com/yahoshb/ Instagram]'''
  
:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://twitter.com/bless4_AKAA Twitter]'''
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:*'''Follow Yahosh Bonner on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrTYokZRtmrZ6UTvAg34zvQ YouTube]'''
  
:*'''Follow bless4 on [https://www.instagram.com/bless_4/ Instagram]'''
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Revision as of 09:58, 28 March 2019

Yahosh Bonner. Photo credit: Brandon Wilding and REMI Marketing

Yahosh Bonner comes from an accomplished musical heritage and so he has been surrounded by music ever since he was a child. His mother, Debra Bonner, is an icon in the music industry and passed her love of music on to her 8 children. She is one of America’s Leading Voice Teachers with over 20 years of experience backed by a Masters of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a well-known vocal coach and has guided the voices of American Idol finalists. She is also a recording artist of various genres including Pop, Gospel, Broadway, Country, Classical, R&B, and Jazz, and has shared her gift as a talented singer performing in several countries. She has also been a guest soloist with the world-famous Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Yahosh is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has lived in Arizona, Florida, New York City, Colorado, and Nebraska. He attended and graduated from, Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona. He is a member of the graduating class of 2004 of Choate Rosemary Hall, a highly selective, private college-preparatory boarding school located in Wallingford, Connecticut. He attended the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colorado, from 2008 to 2010 where he majored in Communication Studies, with a minor in Sociology. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Communication.

He is also passionate about the game of basketball, and while a student at Southern Utah University (SUU), located in Cedar City, Utah, from June 2013 to June 2014, he was the Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator, as well as, Assistant Coach. He graduated from SUU with a Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree.

In May 2014, he moved to Spanish Fork, Utah. He was the Head Boys Basketball Coach at American Leadership Academy which is a charter high school in Spanish Fork, Utah. He held the position since June 2014. On his Linkedin profile, he states, "I am passionate about the game of basketball. I have played at a high level and also coached at the university level. Now I have the opportunity to give back and share my knowledge with young men at the high school level."

Yahosh’s love of music is deeply rooted in his love for the gospel. He states, "I look forward to sharing the gift of music that God has given me to bring the spirit into every performance." He is an active member of the Unity Gospel Choir under the direction of his mother, Debra Bonner, and he is also a member of Saints Unified Voices, a choir which is led by Gladys Knight.

He has performed with such artists as Alex Boyé, JTM, Mauli B, and Oyoyo Joi. He enjoys creating remakes of popular songs, adding a little of his own flair, style, and emotion to the songs that he performs. Although he is a pronounced Hip Hop and R&B vocalist, he says that his heart will always be rooted in Gospel music.

Yahosh has been married since 13 June 2009 to Vanessa Bonner. He is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Follow Yahosh Bonner on Social Media

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