Paprika Mari is a Southern California singer, music educator and cosplayer that is well known in the anime scene as a Rockin' Anisong Utahime! Combining a mix of cosplay with stunning vocals as the frontwoman for the Anisong coverband Candy Bomber, Mari is just as recognized as a solo J-Pop Idol, having performed at numerous conventions and venues. She is the founder and vocal coach of Idol Academy, an entertainment and performance-based music/dance program that specializes in J-Pop performance. Inspired by Japanese Idols such as the iconic Morning Musume and AKB48, as well as Anime Idols - Muse and Aquors, Idol Academy sets out to train aspiring idols how to sing and dance, just like their Japanese idol counterparts! Mari looks forward to mentoring aspiring singers and dancers who want to take the next step into their performance skills!