After graduating high school, Inaba Akira found a job working at a mine in his hometown Odate in Akita, Japan. Whilst working in the mine, the melodies and lyrics of a song that would later be named "Wakatte Kudasai" were born.
In 1975, Inaba Akira participated in the 10th Yamaha Popular Song Contest with his song "Wakatte Kudasai" and won the best song award. He also won an award at the 6th World Song Festival with "Wakatte Kudasai."
In 1976, Inaba Akira made his debut as a singer under Disco Mate Records with "Wakatte Kudasai" as his debut single. "Wakatte Kudasai" would go on to sell over 600,000 copies and be covered by various artists across a variety of genres.
In 1978, Inaba Akira transferred to Epic Records after releasing five more singles and four albums under Disco Mate Records. Later that year in November, Inaba Akira would hold his first concert at Nippon Budokan, with 10,000 people in attendance.
In 1980, Inaba Akira held nationwide tours across Japan in the spring and autumn.
In 1981, Inaba Akira transferred to VAP Records.
In 1983, following the Sea of Japan earthquake, Inaba Akira held a charity concert to help raise funds for relief efforts.
In April 1985, Inaba Akira recorded the theme song "Suikazura" for the CX drama series Shinobu. Later that year in June, he held a concert tour in honor of the tenth anniversary of his debut.
In 1987, Inaba Akira recorded the theme song "Yuubae wo Machi Nagara" for the CX drama series Otto ga Modoru Hi.
In 1988, Inaba Akira transferred labels to PLATZ. In November of that same year, he recorded the theme song "Itsumo no Kimi ni ~Believe in me~" for the TBS drama series Kakeochi Doori.
In 1990, his song "Kaze wo Dakishimete" was used as the theme song for the television series Chikyuu Catch Me.
In 1993, Inaba Akira was transferred to Nippon Colombia Records.
In June 1995, Inaba Akira's "Yuuhi ga Kimi wo Oikosu Mae ni" was used as a CF song for House Mugicha. The song was released as a single alongside its coupling song "Kanashii Kotoba ga Oo Sugiru", which was used as a CF song for Kenshou'en.
In November 1995, his single "Yasechi no Bara" was used as a theme song for the TX series Tokusen Burari Tabi.
In January 1997, his single "Koishikute Setsunakute" was used as a theme song for the NTV series Burari Tochuu Gesha no Tabi.
In August 2005, Inaba Akira released the album "Jinsei Sore wa Owari no Nai Tabi" in honor of the 30th anniversary of his debut. 15 tracks were chosen for the album from across his entire 30 year career.
In September 2005, he would hold a concert tour across 28 locations around Japan in honor of his 30th anniversary, with the final stop of the tour being at Japan Youth Center on March 4, 2006. A DVD of the final stop of the tour was released on May 25, 2006.
In 2015, Inaba Akira released the album "Kotozute" in honor of the 40th anniversary of his debut.
- Name: Inaba Akira (因幡 晃)
- Birthdate: March 18, 1954
- Birthplace: Akita, Japan
- Blood Type: B
- Western Zodiac: Pisces
- Eastern Zodiac: Horse
- Brothers 5 (2014-present)
- [1976.06.25] Nanika Ii Wasureta You de (何か言い忘れたようで)
- [1977.02.05] Boshoku (暮色)
- [1977.07.25] Usu Akari (うすあかり)
- [1977.12.21] Serenade (セレナーデ)
- [1978.07.05] Ai to Wakare no 20shou (愛と別れの20章)
- [1979.01.01] Honoo (静炎(ほのお))
- [1979.07.01] Seishun no Kageri (青春の翳り)
- [1980.01.21] First Live (ファースト・ライブ)
- [1980.11.21] Aki..... (あき・・・・・)
- [1982.02.21] Watashi ni wa Anata ga Aru (私にはあなたがある)
- [1982.08] Terrific (トゥリフィック)
- [1983.03.05] In Theater Apple (イン・シアターアップル)
- [1984.03] Shinkyoku Seisen Yu84 (新・曲・精・選 ﾕ84)
- [1985.08.05] TENDERNESS-10
- [1986.09] Watashi no Uta (私の歌)
- [1987.02.10] I BELIEVE
- [1987.09.20] AKIRA INABA BEST HIT 17
- [1987.10.25] Best Selection (ベストセレクション)
- [1988.06.21] Atarashii Asa (新しい朝)
- [1989.06.21] AKIRA INABA MY FAVOURITE SINGS
- [1989.06.21] Kaze wo Dakishimete (風を抱きしめて)
- [1990.10.21] Aoi Sora Kara (青い空から)
- [1990.11.05] Ketteihan Zenkyoku Shuu (決定版 全曲集)
- [1991.10.21] Another Day~12tsuu no Tegami (Another Day〜12通の手紙) (Cover Album)
- [1993.10.01] Special Selection (スペシャル・セレクション)
- [1993.11.01] Shiosai (潮騒)
- [1994.07.05] REQUEST My Best Songs Vol.1 (REQUESTマイ・ベスト・ソングス Vol.1)
- [1995.09.21] Yasechi no Bara (痩せ地の薔薇)
- [2000.06.01] 1/4 no Eien (1/4の永遠)
- [2001.06.01] Shinshou Fuukei (心象風景)
- [2002.10.23] HOLIDAYS
- [2003.03.26] POPCON Super Selection (ポプコン・スーパー・セレクション)
- [2003.09.26] ALMA LIBRE ~Kokoro yo Jiyuu ni Nare~ (ALMA LIBRE 〜心よ自由になれ〜)
- [2005.08.24] Jinsei Sore wa Owari no Nai Tabi (人生それは終りのない旅)
- [2006.12.21] POPCON My Recommend (ポプコン・マイ・リコメンド)
- [2008.07.02] GOLDEN☆BEST
- [2010.07.21] Manmaru no Aoi Tsuki (まん丸の蒼い月)
- [2015.09.23] Kotozute (ことづて)