Aya Matsuura (松浦 亜弥, Matsuura Aya, born June 25, 1986 in Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan) is a J-pop artist and actress within Hello! Project. Aya auditioned in 2000 for the 4th Morning Musume & Heike Michiyo Protegee Audition, and was selected along with SHEKI-DOL to become a part of what was later known as Hello! Project. It is a common misconception that Aya originally auditioned to be a part of morning musume, which she didn't. After being chosen from that audition, Aya Matsuura began her solo career. In time she would become one of Hello! Project's biggest acts. Read more about 松浦亜弥 on Last.fm.