February 16, 2007
News for Tekkoshocon 2007:
Mari Iijima concert at Tekkoshocon 2007
Mari Iijima is best remembered in the Anime community as the Japanese voice of Lynn Minmay from Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
Mari Iijima is an accomplished singer and songwriter who has released numerous top 10 albums through Victor Entertainment Japan and Warner Music Japan. She wrote all of the music for her critically acclaimed debut album Rosé, which was produced by renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Throughout her career Mari has worked with the music industry's greatest musicians including Alan Parson's Project, Toto, and members of the John Mayer Band. Her 2004 release, "Wonderful People" was a smash hit and stayed on the top of an Indie album chart for over 5 consecutive weeks.
Mari has won several awards including the FM Osaka Best New Artist Award and the Japan Audio Society Golden Jubilee Award 2 years in a row, which is voted on by both Japanese & American judges. She was also nominated for the 2000 Los Angeles Music Awards Best Pop Artist Award for her first independantly released album No Limit. At the 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Mari won a Best Song Award for her song "Unspoken Love" from her album Wonderful People.
In addition to singing and songwriting Mari has also appeared in film, television, and on radio in both Japan and the U.S. In 2004 Mari starred in the short feature film Green Tea-r and also wrote and performed the film's theme song, Petal. Green Tea-r won the top honor of Grandprix at the Takazuka Film Festival in Japan,Silver Screen Award at US International Film & Video Festival, and was shown at the Berlin Film Festival. Most recently Mari played Lynn Minmay in the animated series Super Dimension Fortress Macross, making her the first actor to voice the same character in both English and Japanese.
In November 2006 Mari released her 20th studio album, Uncompromising Innocence, which she wrote, arranged, and produced herself, with collaborative contributions from David LaBruyere (John Mayer Band), Michael Chaves (John Mayer Band, Low Millions), and Mick Karn (Japan, Dali's Car).