Mari Iijima's Bio

Mari Iijima was born and raised in Japan, and moved to Los Angeles about ten years ago. For many years she has been pursuing a highly successful career as a recording artist in Japan, with over two dozen CDs released. Although primarily aimed at the Japanese audience, most of those CDs were produced in Los Angeles, with American musicians.

Mari Iijima originally debuted as a singer-songwriter with Rosé in 1983; Ryuichi Sakamoto, of The Last Emperor fame, produced the album. Mari has released sixteen original albums and thirteen special and "best of" albums since then. Seven of her albums have been top ten hits, with over two million albums sold. She has also contributed to the albums of other artists, including Van Dyke Park's Tokyo Rose. She has gone on tour almost every year since 1984.

Mari's sixteenth album, No Limit, was released in 1999. It is her first all-English album, and her first independent release. She promoted this album on a tour of the U.S. and Canada in 1999. No Limit is sold through Mari's web site, www.marimusic.com.

From 1982 to 1983, she played the part of Lynn Minmay, the main character in the Japanese TV series Macross. In 1984, she reprised her role in the theatrical release of Macross: Do You Remember Love. She performed the theme song Do you remember love, which was the top-selling single that year. Macross created a sensation around the world and introduced Japanese animation into American popular culture.

In 1997, Mari performed in the Macross fifteenth anniversary special concert, "One Night Stand." Mari wrote a commemorative song for the concert, Friends, which was a hit in Japan that year. She has also written songs and background music for various movies and computer games.

In addition to this successful recording career, Mari Iijima also has considerable acting experience. She debuted on American TV in the USA Network series Pacific Blue. She played the part of "Kiko" in the "God's Gift" episode, which aired on December 5, 1999. She also appeared on MTV's Spyder Games. In recent years, she has hosted many radio shows, including "Radio California," which was broadcast all over Japan. In 1996 she was part of the Japanese radio broadcast team for Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games.

Her album No Limit was number eleven on the Global100.com chart of most popular albums, and she was also the 17th most popular female star worldwide. In 2000 she won a CD of the Year Award from Kweevak's Tracks, and was one of four finalists for the "Pop Artist of the Year" award at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Today, Mari Iijima continues to tour behind herjust-released 17th album, Right Now. Her last live performance in Los Angeles was designated Pick of the Week by the LA Weekly.


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