Mika Taressa Todd
Birth Info
Born May 28, 1984 (1984-05-28) (age 35)
Origin Honolulu, United States
Professional Info
Genres J-pop, jazz
Occupation Singer
Years Active 1999–present
(20 years)
Label zetima
Associated Acts Coconuts Musume, Minimoni, Aoiro 7, 10-nin Matsuri, Happy 7, 7AIR
Coconuts Musume Info
Joined June 27, 1999
Debut Single Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version)
Last Single Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen
Left May 2, 2004
Twitter Twitter_2012.svg @MikaTaressa

Mika Taressa Todd (Japanese: ミカ・タレッサ・トッド) is a Japanese-American singer. She joined Hello! Project in 1999 after being discovered by Makoto, the drummer and bandmate of Tsunku in Sharam Q. Along with Ayaka Kimura, Danielle Delaunay, April Barbaran and Chelsea Ching, they formed Coconuts Musume.

She was also later added to the line up of Minimoni and became the leader of the group when then-leader Yaguchi Mari graduated.


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Mika Todd, Coconuts Musume


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Mika Todd, 2003


Mika Todd, November 2002


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Mika Todd, 2000

Mika was born and raised in Hawaii. Her mother is a native Japanese and her father Johnny Todd is a famous Australian-born American jazz pianist, giving her a strong background in music from a young age.


In 1999, at Kalani High School in Hawaii, Todd formed a musical group with four of her friends and they periodically performed at small restaurants in the Waikiki area. After being discovered by Makoto, he convinced his friend and soon-to-be producer of the group, Tsunku, to add this group to Hello! Project. After they moved to Japan, they became Coconuts Musume.

In Hello! Project, Coconuts Musume released 5 singles, with April and Chelsea leaving after their second, Danielle after their fourth, and Lehua Sandbo being picked up for the third, the group never released an album.

After Lehua left after the fifth single, Coconuts Musume continued with just Ayaka and Todd. Although they never released another single, the duo performed at Hello! Project concerts, appeared on television shows, hosted their own radio show, Kiss the Coconuts, and even promoted Dole pineapples.


Shortly after Coconuts Musume was created, Morning Musume member Yaguchi Mari created the sub-group Minimoni with Kago Ai and Tsuji Nozomi. Tsunku added Todd into group shortly thereafter. Minimoni was a highly popular group at the time and gave Todd more exposure than Coconuts Musume received.


On June 6, the song Ohayousan ~Mata Ashita no Uta~, a song off of Minimoni's first album Minimoni Song Daihyakka 1 Maki, features Todd teaching English phrases to the listener.

Yaguchi Mari graduated from Minimoni to lead the sub-group ZYX. Takahashi Ai joined while Mika Todd, as the oldest member of the current lineup, took over as the group's leader.


Todd co-starred in the Minimoni movie, Okashi na Daibōken!

She had a minor role in the made-for-TV series, Brementown Musicians.


In early 2004 it was announced that Todd would be graduating from Coconuts Musume, Minimoni and Hello! Project. She planned to study singing in California and pursue her career as a jazz singer.

On May 2, Todd performed at her last concert at Saitama, Japan. Be All Right (a song originally sang by the shuffle group 11WATER, and later covered on Minimoni's second album) was her last song with Ayaka Kimura as Coconuts Musume.

Minimoni Jankenpyon! / Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu Daisukki! (featuring Yaguchi Mari) and the two tracks off the last Minimoni single "Lucky Cha Cha Cha!" were Todd's last songs with Minimoni. Minimoni disbanded at this concert with their final performances.

Later, on May 29, Todd performed in Japan for the last time before her departure to study music in Los Angeles, California.


In 2005, while Todd was studying music and singing jazz, she occasionally performed with her father, Johnny Todd. She even traveled to Japan to sing for her Japanese fans. She also released an English-language jazz album that featured only a few tracks.


In 2006, Todd became a voice actor for the American cartoon, Da Jammies (although the series was never released).


In 2011, Mika Todd created a Twitter account.

On April 21 it was announced Mika Todd would return to the stage for a benefit at the Pasadena Civic Center for the weekend’s concert in support of Japan's relief after the disasters. Todd was quoted as saying that she ..."feels a responsibility to help the people of Japan, and the best way is through music." "It’s so hard to put into words how I feel about the situation in Japan,” Todd wrote in an email to the Rafu. “It breaks my heart to hear the many stories of the victims losing everything. But yet, it’s so amazing to hear how the Japanese community and the international community coming together to help in any way that they can. It makes me feel very proud to be Japanese and I am confident that they will stand again stronger than ever.”

On May 28th, even though it was her birthday, it was Todd giving fans a present, as she linked a video of her recording new songs in the studio. Former Coconuts Musume member Lehua Sandbo also sent her a message, saying, “I love the tone of your voice, Mika! It’s soothing for my soul.”


On December 17, Mika created a YouTube account and uploaded a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side," while playing the guitar. She assured fans in a comment that she would be uploading more videos.


On February 11, she uploaded a cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" to her YouTube channel.

On May 18, she uploaded a cover of "Song For You" to her YouTube channel.

Profile Edit

  • Full Name: Mika Taressa Todd (ミカ・タレッサ・トッド)
  • Nicknames: Mika (ミカ), Mikapon (ミカポン), Merika (メリカ)
  • Birth date: May 28, 1984 (1984-05-28) (age 35)
  • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 152 cm [1]
  • Hobbies: Playing guitar
  • Favorite color: Red
  • Favorite flowers: Piikake
  • Favorite season: Summer
  • Favorite saying: “Oh, yes!”
  • Favorite food: Mexican quesadillas
  • Disliked food: Oysters
  • Hello! Project groups:
  • Shuffle groups:

Singles Participated InEdit

Coconuts Musume
Aoiro 7
10nin Matsuri
Happy 7

Hello! Project Seikatai


Mini Albums
Original Songs
  • Roll the Dice[2]
Group Songs

Compilation Albums Edit





  • Minimoni Chiccha~!
  • Brementown Musicians
  • Mikeneko Holmes no Hanzaigaku Kouza


  • [2001] Hamtaro Movie 1: Adventures in Ham Ham Land (voice of Merika)
  • [2002] Hamtaro Movie 2: The Captive Princess (voice of Merika)
  • [2003] Hamtaro Movie 3: Miracle of Aurora Valley (voice of Merika)

Voice ActingEdit

  • [2006] Da Jammies


  • Kiss the Coconuts


  • [2001] Love Century -Yume wa Minakerya Hajimaranai- (LOVEセンチュリー -夢はみなけりゃ始まらない-)
  • [2003] Edokko Chushingura (江戸っ娘。忠臣蔵)


  • Dole pineapples




Essay BooksEdit


  • Her father is Australian and her mother is Japanese.
  • She is fluent in both English and Japanese.
  • Mika's father, Johnny Todd, is a famous Australian-born American Jazz pianist.
  • In Minimoni, Todd is usually wearing clothes differing from those of the other girls. Yaguchi Mari explained in an episode of Minimoni Chiccha~! that Todd was wearing blue clothes while everyone else was wearing red because Todd was at the Minimoni height limit of 150 cm while everyone else was below the limit.
  • Kimura Ayaka and Todd are the only members of Coconuts Musume with a Japanese first name.
  • She can play the guitar and piano.
  • She was at one point in a relationship with Cole Horibe from So You Think You Can Dance Season 9.
  • She shares her birthday with Morning Musume's 9th generation member Sayashi Riho and ANGERME's 3rd generation member Sasaki Rikako.

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Fukuda Asuka

Youngest member of Hello! Project

Succeeded by
Goto Maki

Preceded by

Youngest member of Coconuts Musume

Succeeded by

Preceded by
Yaguchi Mari

Leader of Minimoni

Succeeded by

Preceded by
Yaguchi Mari

Oldest Member of Minimoni

Succeeded by


  1. Hello! Project magazine Vol.6, summer 1999. Scan
  2. Mika Todd fansite (archived)

External LinksEdit

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